Union Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi announced in Parliament on Wednesday that an Indian Railways Design Centre would be set up at the Ahmedabad-based National Institute of Design (NID) with an initial fund of Rs 10 crore.
The NID too issued a statement and listed areas where the scope for design intervention is vast new graphic standards,signage design system,new colour schemes and billboard and hoarding design system,uniform design,service design for all facilities in the trains and railway stations,exteriors and interiors of railway coach,IT integrated design,environment design and all such design issues related to public transportation system.
Professor Pradyumna Vyas,NIDs director,said the minister had been shown the various hypothetical and real-life railways-related projects which had been done by students,researchers and faculty from the institute when he visited on December 23. A proposal for the centre was initiated then.
The centre would rope in all disciplines of design once it comes up,Vyas said,adding students,researchers and faculty would benefit from the experience of working in such a centre.
There are many hypothetical projects designers here do on railways because it is such a huge and important sector in itself. I remember in 1983-84 when I was a student in IIT-Bombay,I too did a classroom project concerning railways a design of a porters trolley, Prof Vyas recalled.
Recently,the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation had roped in the NID to finalise a new colour scheme for new local trains the corporation expected to arrive later this year. Several years back,designing a signage system for the New Delhi railway station had also been a consultancy project.