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MU and Railways ink MoU for Centre for Railway Research

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Mumbai: A memorandum of understanding for the establishment of the Centre for Railway Research was signed between Ministry of Railways and the University of Mumbai at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai. The MoU was signed in presence of Governor of Maharashtra Ch Vidyasagar Rao and Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai. Union Minister for Heavy Industries Anant Geete, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha, Maharashtra’s Minister for Higher and Technical Education Vinod Tawde and Vice Chancellor of the University of Mumbai Dr Rajan Welukar were present on the occasion. Speech of Governor: Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Union Minister of Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of States for Railways, Shri Vinod Tawde, Hon’ble Minister of Higher & Technical and Medical Education, Government of Maharashtra, Dr Rajan Welukar, Vice Chancellor of the University of Mumbai, Dr Naresh Chandra, Pro Vice Chancellor, senior government officials, officials of Railways and University of Mumbai, members of the media, ladies and gentlemen, Good afternoon and a warm welcome to all of you to Raj Bhavan. I am indeed delighted to have witnessed the Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Mumbai and the Ministry of Railways for the academic collaborative programme of ‘Centre for Railway Research’. This is a historic moment when two of the oldest functioning organisations in Mumbai, the University of Mumbai and the Indian Railways, are joining hands for a meaningful cause. While Indian Railways has completed 162 years of its meaningful existence only two days ago, the University of Mumbai will be completing 158 years of services to the nation. As Governor of Maharashtra and as Chancellor of the Universities in the State, I welcome this initiative of the Indian Railways to collaborate with universities in India.  I congratulate Indian Railways and the University of Mumbai as they open a new chapter of mutual cooperation. I am very happy today because this moment is taking place in this Darbar Hall of Raj Bhavan.  It was from this very place, on 16th January 2004, that the then Prime Minister of India Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee had flagged off Deccan Odyssey, the luxury tourist train, through video conferencing. Indian Railways is the most trusted mode of transport for the majority of the people of India. Crisscrossing through the entire length and breadth of the country, Indian Railways stands out as a symbol of unity and national integration. Speaking for Mumbai, the railways is the lifeline of Mumbai. With India emerging as a major economic Super power in the world, the Indian Railways is gearing up to play a commensurate role in the transformation of India. The Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed the resolve of the new Government to ensure growth and modernization of the Indian Railways and to make the Railways an engine of growth for the nation. He has spoken of setting up Railway Universities and starting skill development centers at small railway stations that would to be connected with railway universities. It is a matter of great pride for the people of Maharashtra that Hon’ble Shri Suresh Prabhu was chosen by the Hon’ble Prime Minister to head the crucial Railway Ministry.  In a very short period, Shri Prabhu has brought an element of dynamism in the functioning of the Railway Ministry through his unconventional approach and fresh ideas. As Chancellor of this University, I thank him and the Ministry of Railway for their efforts in setting up the ‘Centre for Railway Research’ in the University of Mumbai. The University of Mumbai has locational advantage as the city is the headquarters for two Zonal Railways, - Central and Western Railways and has excellent connectivity by Rail, Air, Road and Sea routes. Developing specialized programmes for Rail Road Technology at Post Graduate level and sustained Research and innovation is the need of the hour. The Indian Railways have since long enjoyed a monopoly over the rail transport. I feel that this monopoly has created a sense of complacency in the organisation. In today’s competitive environment, there are  other modes of transports  which are waiting to take   over      the  passenger      and   freight transport. To stay in this competition and also to carry out its mandate in a better manner, the Railways must innovate and carry out research about various aspects of rail transportation including passenger amenities, safety, speed and optimization of resources. Today I wish to appeal to the Universities and Colleges in Maharashtra to adopt at least one train station nearer to them and give only one day in a month for the cleanliness and upkeep of the railway stations. This, I am sure, will transform our Railway Stations and maintain them neat and clean. It will be an important contribution from the universities to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by our Hon’ble Prime Minister. With these words, I thank Hon’ble Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu once again for taking this excellent initiative to establish the Centre for Railway Research at University of Mumbai. May I also appeal the Hon’ble Minister to start a similar Railway Research Centre in collaboration with the Rashtra Sant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University Nagpur. Nagpur is the geographical centre of India.  A large number of trains from all directions, either halt at Nagpur or pass through the Nagpur junction, making it one of the busiest stations in the entire country. That justifies the need for having such a Centre in Nagpur also. I do hope that the Railway Research Centre will do purposeful and pioneering research by taking a multi-disciplinary approach and produce thought leaders who will transform the Indian Railways.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He is serving as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University, the university which controlling 440 colleges of Engineering, Management, Pharmacy & Architecture colleges in Gujarat.

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