PEC to have Kalpana Chawla Chair on Geospatial Technology for Indian Railways

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PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh would set up ‘Kalpana Chawla Chair’ on Geospatial Technology for Indian Railways. A MoU was signed in this regard between Ministry of Railways and PEC University of Technology on Monday.

Kalpana Chawla , an Indo – American Astronaut was alumnus of PEC during the year 1978-82.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha said that updated technology always promises safe railway operation throughout the country and thus in the recent past years the role of technology has been recognized by the Railways to remove technological and engineering related problems. He said that today’s MoU is a unique collaboration between the two organizations which will help in developing applications to remove day to day engineering and technological problems and geospatial solutions to Indian Railways. He stated that this is very historic partnership which will ascertain smooth functioning of the Railways.

File photo Kalpana Chawla- courtesy

File photo Kalpana Chawla                                      Photo courtesy

To honour Kalpana Chawla’s contributions in Aerospace Engineering, Indian Railways decided to institute the academic chair in the area of Geo-spatial Technology in her alma mater.

Indian Railways would provide a corpus of Rs 10 Crore to PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh towards setting up and to meet the running expenses of this chair. The Chair will be headed by V.K.Gupta , Member Engineering , Railway Board as Chairman and Manoj Arora , Director , PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh as Co – chairman. The Chair will function through a Chair Core Committee (CCC) having members from Railways and PEC.

The objective of this chair is to encourage research activities in Geo-spatial Technology and to strengthen Indian Railways especially Railway projects where use of remote sensing data , global positioning system (GPS) and Geographical information System (GIS) is predominant. This will immensely help Indian Railways to develop in house solutions to the problems which are often outsourced to western countries.

The MoU was signed by V.K. Gupta, Member Engineering, Railways and Som Mittal, Chairman, Board of Governance, PEC University of Technology. Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha and Prof. Manoj K. Arora, Director, PEC University of Technology were also present.

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