Agreement among Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Human Resource Development and Ministry of Science and Technology

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding Between Ministry of Railways Ministry of Human Resource Development Ministry of Science & Technology

Question- According to the recent MoU, how much will the human resources development ministry and the Ministry of Science and Technology both invest in the TMIR project?
(a) 75 crores and 50 crores
(b) 75 crores and 75 crores
(c) 75 crore and 65 million
(d) 85 crore and 75 million
Answer: (b)
Related Facts:

  • On January 4th, 2018, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Department of Science & Technology (Ministry of Science & Technology) signed an MoU, at Rail Bhawan, New Delhi for joint funding of TMIR.
  • Under this unique effort and as per vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister for “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas”, three Ministries of the Union Government have joined hands to propel the Technology Mission for Indian Railways (TMIR).
  • The MOU was signed today by Chairman/TMIR Prof. N.S. Vyas; Shri Alok Kumar, Co-Chairman/TMIR, on behalf of Ministry of Railways; Shri R. Subrahmanyam, Additional Secretary (TE) on behalf of Ministry of Human Resource Development and Dr. Neeraj Sharma, Adviser/DST on behalf of Ministry of Science and Technology.
  • This consent memorandum will pave the way for the common investment of rail projects identified for the applied research.
  • In this project, of the Ministry of Railways 30 per cent, the Ministry of Human Resource Development 25 per cent and per cent of the Department of Science and Technology will hold stake the stake of25 percent.
  • It is known that Ministry of Railways had set up the Technology Mission for Indian Railways (TMIR) as a consortium of Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Human Resource Development and Ministry of Science & Technology on an investment sharing model for taking up identified railway projects for applied research and use on Indian Railways.
  • As per this MoU, Ministry of HRD and Ministry of Science & Technology have agreed to fund the TMIR projects to the tune of Rs.75 crore each while Railways and Industries will also contribute to their respective shares.
  • The Technology Mission will take up R&D projects in the areas of heavy haul, safety, energy, environment and urban railways.
  • The projects will be implemented through a Mission Implementation and Coordination Committee having members from the three Ministries, academia and industry.
  • The projects will be implemented in the national R&D labs and academic institutions. Collaborations, wherever essential, will be entered into with similar foreign institutions.
  • Projects will be implemented in national research and development laboratories and academic institutions.
  • There will be cooperation with similar foreign institutions where necessary.
  • The Mission Implementation and Coordination Committee will include representatives of Railways, RDSO, Ministry of Human Resource Development and Ministry of Science and Technology.
  • The “Mission Implementation and Coordination Committee” (MICC), consists of nominees of Railways, RDSO, Ministry of HRD, Ministry of Science & Technology and is headed by Prof. N.S. Vyas of IIT-Kanpur as Mission Chairman and Shri Alok Kumar, Chief Admin. Officer/Const/NR as Co-Chairman/TMIR.

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