India’s engineering colleges may soon offer dedicated courses in metro rail engineering to meet a fast growing demand for trained manpower at a time when city after city is adopting Delhi’s metro model.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation MD E Sreedharan has written to the HRD ministry seeking assistance in creating a cadre of engineers with specialised skills needed for metro projects, said senior officials.
The Metro chief has asked the ministry to convince all IITs to start metro engineering programmes. The ministry is likely to ask the All India Council for Technical Education — the country’s apex technical education regulator — to prepare a curriculum that all engineering colleges recognized by it can use, source said. India has close to 3,000 engineering colleges that are recognized by AICTE.
IIT Delhi and IIT Madras are already offering special training programmes for Metro employees. But Sreedharan, in his letter, has asked the government to start full-fledged courses for students across all IITs. Ministry sources said the IITs may, however, not be in a position to meet Sreedharan’s demand soon.
Unlike other engineering colleges, the IITs, by their very mandate, do not take up highly specialised sectoral courses, officials said. But the AICTE can both prepare a curriculum and legitimise its introduction in other recognised engineering colleges.
Sreedharan has pointed to the increase in demand for trained metro rail personnel likely over the next few years.
Following the success of the Delhi metro, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad have already started work on projects to ease their traffic clogs.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation MD E Sreedharan has written to the HRD ministry seeking assistance in creating a cadre of engineers with specialised skills needed for metro projects
The ministry may ask the AICTE to prepare a curriculum
IIT-Delhi and IIT-Madras are already offering special training programmes for Metro employees