SECUNDERABAD: The advent of modern signaling system on Indian Railways has brought in a very vital need for the Signal & Telecommunication Officers joining the Organization to keep abreast of the technology advancements being made on a continuous basis, so as to perform to the best, said Shri Akhil Agrawal, Director General, Signal & Telecommunications, Railway Board. He was speaking as the Chief Guest at the ‘Passing Out’ function of 17 Indian Railways Service of Signal Engineering (IRSSE) Probationary Officers-2015 batch held at the Indian Railways Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications (IRISET), Secunderabad today i.e. 22nd January, 2018.
Shri Akhil Agrawal stressed on the need for young Signal & Telecom Officers to act with a positive attitude to work and be the guardians to their subordinate staff, so as to get their commitment and affection, which hugely enhances work efficiency. The Director General stated that Signal & Telecommunication is a fast evolving profession on Indian Railways and this set of Officers are amongst the most important for the organization. He cautioned the newly passed out batch of Officers that, once they join the field for work after finishing their training, results are expected from them. Towards this, they should remain disciplined, honest and loyal. He also spoke of how technology evolved on Indian Railways from the manual Semaphore Signalling system a few decades back to the present times when Satellite technology is being used. Shri Akhil Agrawal later presented the Passing Out certificates and mementoes to the Probationary Officers.
Earlier, Shri H.K.Agarwal, Additional Member (Telecom), Railway Board spoke of the importance that Telecommunications holds on the Railways, covering all aspects including safety, security, administration, operations etc. He also dwelt on the plans of Indian Railways to set up CCTV Cameras in coaches for better monitoring.
Shri N. Kasinath, Additional Member (Signal), Railway Board stated that Signalling and Telecommunications is the most happening department on Indian Railways. The standards of training provided at IRISET go a long way in shaping the competence of the Officers and Staff involved in these duties, since Signalling is not a discipline taught in the Colleges.