Kalpana Chawla Chair Set Up on Geospatial Technology by Indian Railways and PEC [ Current Affairs ]


To set up Kalpana Chawla Chair on Geospatial Technology for Indian Railways at the University Union Ministry of Railways and PEC University of Technology have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

  • In this regard the MoU was signed as the backdrop of Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s Budget announcement.

Key facts

  • In memory of Indo–American Astronaut and Alumnus of PEC Late Kalpana Chawla the academic chair is being instituted.
  • The main aim of the chair is to inspire research activities of Indian Railways in Geo-spatial Technology.
  • It will also help to support projects of Railway in which remote sensing data, Geographical information System (GIS) and global positioning system (GPS) is use majority.
  • This will hugely help Indian Railways to develop in house solutions to the problems which are connected to western countries.
  • V. K. Gupta will head this chair as Chairman, Member Engineering, Railway Board and Manoj Arora, Director; PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh will be serve as Co-Chairman.
  • The Chair will operated by a Chair Core Committee (CCC) and shall have members from Railways and PEC.

About Kalpana Chawla:

  • Kalpana Chawla was born on 17th March 1962.
  • She was an Indo-American astronaut and the first Indian woman origin in space.
  • In 1997 she first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator.
  • Chawla was one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003.

- Published on: May 31, 2016