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Indian Minister of State for Railways Visits PGUPS

On June 6th, 2017 as part of his visit to Russia, Minister of State for Railways of the Republic of India Mr. Shri Rajen Gohain paid visit to Emperor Alexander I St. Petersburg State Transport University.

The Indian delegation also consisted of Executive Director of Railway Board Ms. Utpalparna Hazarika, Executive Director of Infra (System) of Railway Board Mr. Sandeep Srivastava, and members of Indian Railways and representatives of JSC «RZD» in India. The meeting was also attended by Indian Consul General in Saint-Petersburg Mr. Arun Kumar Sharma.

In the Conference Hall the guests were met by the administration of the University. Mr. Shri Rajen Gohain was welcomed by the President of the University Mr. Viktor Lobko.

«Today, when the world has witnessed friendly ties between Russia and India, Mr. State Minister’s visit is especially significant» — Mr. Lobko said.

He pointed out that the University is able to greatly commit into Indian Railways. That means training specialists and conducting joint researches. One of the key joint projects might be reconstruction of The Delhi—Mumbai line, and our specialists are eager to commit into the project. The President of the University Mr. Lobko suggested a draft version of the Agreement between PGUPS and IRICEN (Indian Railway Institute of Civil Engineering) to Mr. Gohain. The signing of the Agreement will be the first stage of the development of training and joint researches.

In the Department of Railway Track, the guests were told about training and qualification upgrade courses. As of yet, the University specialists have worked out 27 training programmes in English for Indian Railway staff. Among them the most important and up-and-coming are: heavy-haul traffic programme, reconstruction of the existing lines for high-speed trains and construction of new high-speed lines. The Minister of State carefully saw all presentations and discussed the issues with the Head of the Department Mrs. Lyudmila Blazhko.

In the Centre for Railway Operation Mr. Gohain saw facilities for training high-speed railway specialists. But special interest was brought about by simulator complex for driving skills.