Railways have been the engine of economic and technical growth
and development in India. Railway Safety is not merely an area
of national concern but also poses challenges to the engineering
and research community of the country.
A Technology Mission has been proposed to focus national
attention and drive modern technologies of monitoring, control,
communications, design, electronics and materials for Railway
Safety. The earlier national programs on space and defence research have
not merely achieved goals specific to the missions, but have
also provided impetus to technology endeavours in institutions
all across the country. A Technology Mission on Railways will
similarly help to initiate and incubate design and development
projects of significant national importance.
Technology issues on Railway safety and economy relate to
multitude of engineering disciplines. The mission will help to
pool relevant engineering knowledge, expertise and resources
available in various research organizations and academic
institutions in order to address these issues in an efficient
The Mission objective is to develop and adopt state-of-the-art
safety, control and design technologies defined by needs related
to Indian conditions. The Mission will formulate and implement
projects aimed towards achieving higher throughput, lower cost
of transmission per unit and safer train movement.