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D S RAO, Member Governing Council

Dr. P Raja Goundan,

Academic Director, IMRT

He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from IIT, Chennai. He leads the academic initiatives at IMRT and is responsible for the partnerships and academic associations of the institution. With over 35 years of experience globally, he is considered an authority in the Signaling and Telecommunication field and has an understanding encompassing all aspects of railway engineering and is an expert in signaling, electrification and railway telecommunication principles. He was the CEO of Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, and is currently the Joint Director of the Center for Wireless Technology (IIT Chennai). He also leads a research team of scientists working towards enabling India attain a leadership position in Wireless Technology, especially 4G. He was deputed by the Government of India to implement several railway projects in Africa. As the Additional Member of Telecom at the Ministry of Railways, India, he was responsible for Strategic Management of Railway Telecom Network at an apex level, encompassing policy formulation and control of National Railway Telecom Network of 60,000 route kilometers for Train Traffic Control, management of large data networks and 20,000 route kilometers of MW Radio network and 20,000 route kilometers of Optical Fiber Network. He is also known for introducing modern Electronics based Signaling in the Indian Railways.


R Sriraman,

Rolling Stock & Mechanical Systems

A Mechanical Engineer from the University of Madras, he has carved a niche for himself in the Rolling Stock and Mechanical Systems domain. His expertise include design, manufacture and inspection of various types of passenger coaches, diesel and electric multiple units, metro coaches and other self-propelled vehicles. He went on to become Joint Director of the RDSO and served the organization for nine years.


Christopher Hyland,

Project and Interface Management

He is a Mechanical Engineer from Adelaide University and has had an illustrious career in infrastructure and building projects for transportation, hotels, hospitals, and industrial facilities across Australia, Spain, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, China, Vietnam, India, and Hong Kong. He has held major planning and design roles for Hong Kong MTRS and KCRC, Singapore LTA, Taiwan CKS MRT, Taiwan High Speed Rail Project, Thailand MRTA, and MRTs in India. He was also the MD of Parsons Brinckerhoff, India.


BSC Rao,

Civil Structures and Metro Rail Systems

BSC Rao is a highly respected professional in Indian Rail & Metro sector. With over 35 years of professional experience encompassing technical, commercial, concessional, financial, legal and administrative aspects in the sector, Mr. Rao boasts of a highly decorated career. He was involved in Design, Construction Management of Metro Systems in Taipei and Singapore. More recently, He was on the Board of Namma Metro Bengaluru. Today, he is an advisor to many reputed organizations and visiting faculty to internationally acknowledged institute, CEPT University, Ahmedabad.


MUM Varaprasada Rao,

Electrical Power Systems

After completing his M.Tech in Computer Science at IIT Kanpur, he has served the Indian Railways with distinction. Before becoming a consultant in Electrical Engineering to the Hyderabad Metro Rail Network, he was the Technical Director at ICOMM and a Chief Electrical Engineer with the Indian Railways. Among his several accomplishments, he commissioned the passenger reservation system at Secunderabad and introduced networking software in the passenger reservation system in railways.


SS Bhandari,

Train and Freight Operations

After completing his M.A. from Punjab University in 1964, he held positions with the Central, South Eastern, and Konkan Railways in India and was also the Deputy Director (Operations) for the Baghdad Al Qaim - Akashat Railway
(BAAR), Iraq. He was also on the Board of Konkan Railways and Coal India Ltd. He has held important positions in train and freight operations for several prestigious projects of the Indian Railways. Currently, he is a Transportation Advisor to BARSYL.