CHENNAI: The University of Madras may soon have a chair for the study of the Indian Railways. The suggestion to create the chair came on Monday from the Union Minister of State for Railways, R. Velu.
Addressing a meeting at the University , Mr. Velu said Indian Railways was the largest employer in the country with one of the biggest networks in the world.
A Chair for Railways would help foster research on the organisation with its long history and help in providing suggestions for modernising the Railways, the Minister said. Participating in the felicitation function for Professor Emeritus C.A. Perumal on his receiving the University Grants Commission's Swami Pranavananda Saraswati National Award in Political Science for 2004, the Minister said he had visited the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria and Italy with the Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad.
The department's aim was to achieve self-sufficiency, he added. S.P. Thyagarajan, Vice-Chancellor, University of Madras, accepting the offer, said that a proposal for setting up a Chair for Railways and a Centre for Railway Studies would be sent to the Minister in the next 48 hours.
Paying tributes to Prof C.A. Perumal, the Minister said the former was instrumental in making him a researcher in the Department of Politics and Public Administration and was his teacher too.