IIT Guwahati to provide expertise for rail network across the Northeastern states


GUWAHATI: The Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT-G) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) to collaborate on research projects to better serve the needs of the northeastern states.

IIT-G will also support NFR to make their stations plastic free by providing alternate Biodegradable polymer based technologies. Yogesh Verma, Chief Planning & Design Engineer at NFR, emphasised that the multi-disciplinary approach would be adopted to find solutions to the problems with an aim towards improving maintenance and operations of train movement and other identified fields under this cooperation. The MoU was signed by Prof. Vimal Katiyar, dean, Research & Development at IIT-G, and Yogesh Verma, in presence of Prof. TG Sitharam, director of IIT-G.

“Under this collaboration, both the organizations will jointly execute various research projects in the areas not limited to Geo technical assistance, Structure, Bridges, Information Technology, Overhead equipment, Signalling & safety assessment, Artificial Intelligence (AI) based predictive maintenance systems, Internet of Things (IoT) design features, Improving maintenance and operations of rolling stock, yards, train operations and Green Technologies in order to cater the needs of Northeast people and has agreed to partner NFR in developing world class railway stations in this region,”Sitharam said.


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Prof. Vimal Katiyar said that IIT-G will take a lead to provide cutting edge technical know-how and training support in multi-facet areas to fulfil NFR requirements. NFR is one of the 17 railway zones of the Indian Railways and is responsible for operation and expansion of rail network all across northeastern states and parts of Bihar and West Bengal.

IIT-G, established in 1994 has completed 25 years of glorious existence in 2019 and currently, the Institute has eleven departments and five inter-disciplinary academic centres covering all the major engineering, science and humanities disciplines, offering BTech, BDes, MA, MDes, MTech, MSc and PhD programmes.

Among other frontier areas of research and innovation, the premier technology institute has been putting efforts towards augmenting critical science research initiatives in Genomics, Developmental Biology, Health Care and Bioinformatics, Flexible Electronics, Advanced Functional Materials, Sustainable Polymers, Rural Technologies, Disaster Resilience and Risk Reduction, and Water Resources and Management.

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