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‘We should build high speed train on our own’

February 11, 2023
  • Sudhanshu Mani, the man behind ‘Vande Bharat Express,’ stresses on making high speed train without waiting for Japanese technology
  • ‘Moon Man of India’ Dr. Mylswamy Annadurai appeals young engineers to focus on Space Science too rather than  Information Technology

Mysuru:  Former General Manager of Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, Sudhanshu Mani, the force behind indigenously built maiden Vande Bharat Express train in the country has said, “After having achieved the feat of making Vande Bharat, a semi-high speed train, we should go for building a high speed train also on our own, without relying on Japanese technology.”

Mani delivered a talk at a flagship event titled ‘Illuminate: Celebrating Engineering Excellence’ organised by L&T Technology Services (LTTS) in association with National Institute of Engineering (NIE), Mysuru, at the Convocation Hall of Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) this morning.

Illuminate: Celebrating Engineering Excellence

“It is not difficult or impossible, but can be achieved by spending on infrastructure,”  said Mani, thrusting on making the high speed train possible on our own.

Mani, who is credited for the success of Vande Bharat that was on track in a record time of 18 months (that was precisely why the train was earlier named ‘T18’) explained how he was driven by the famous lines of former President of India and Space Scientist Dr. A. P. J.  Abdul Kalam — Dream is not the thing you see in sleep, Dream is that, doesn’t let you sleep.

With the help of slides and alliterations, Mani with his deep baritone voice, recalled the journey he embarked on, with the challenge of executing the project of Atmanirbhar (self-reliance), within 21 months into his retirement.

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From crossing bureaucratic hurdles to building a team on the basis of empathy and passion, dealing with the lethargic workforce with an iron hand as 165 people were sacked (at Integral Coach Factory) during the course of building the coaches, while women numbering about 29, all from Chennai were involved in fabricating the coaches, it was a combination of many forces that finally made Vande Bharat a reality, explained Mani.

Illuminate: Celebrating Engineering Excellence

“It’s a train made by Indians for India,” said Mani adding it was “a sheer joy to relive the story.”

Amidst this, Mani also had an appeal for the gathering especially youngsters, “Love what you do and love your organisation.”

Illuminate: Celebrating Engineering Excellence

Moon Man of India

Space Scientist Dr. Mylswamy Annadurai, known as the ‘Moon Man of India’ for the successful Chandrayaan-1 project and several others later, during his 36 years long career at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), succinctly said, “We have to start working from schools to kindle the interest towards space science among the students.”

Dr. Annadurai, who is the Vice-President of Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology (TNSCST), with the help of a video showed how the project of encouraging budding minds has been taken up at school level in his home State.

Dr. Annadurai (whose real life role is said to have inspired Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar in reprising the role on screen in ‘Mission Mangal’ which hit the screens in August 2019),  appealed to the youngsters present among the gathering to take interest in Space Science too, as Information Technology (IT) sector is not the only stop for engineers.

Illuminate: Celebrating Engineering Excellence

Following the talks, Delivery Head of LTTS Shylendra Srivastav moderated the interaction programme.

4 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “‘We should build high speed train on our own’”

  1. A V Prasanna says:

    Fully agree with the sermons of Mr Sudhanshu mani & Dr. Mylswamy Annadurai . But Indian society where jobs are based on reservations, caste , political influence, there is no scope for exhibiting talents. Many energetic engineers are victims of reservations, and merit takes a back seat. All are not influential and rich for migration to foreign land, nor lucky as Mr Sudhanshu mani & Dr. Mylswamy Annadurai.

  2. swamy says:

    @A.V. Prasanna. Your observation about caste, reservation and politics is only in government sector. In modern India, private sector has lot of potential for talent. One need not got to foreign land to shine. I have witnessed many poor kids, who studied and got jobs in private sector has become rich.

  3. Raampur Ka Laxman!! says:

    You were the fool, who replied a poster when he said the Indira Gandhi canteens are filthy and unhygienic , said you have seen in Europe road side restaurants are very filthy. When challenged to name those cities, you simply disappeared , because that poster questioned you where did you get the Euros to visit Europe. For a start, you should go back to school and learn English.
    As part of the teem who: are , distributing the smuggled gold that Keralite crime bosses resident in the UAE are bringing into Mysore , and the Hawala money operations they carry out via Wayanad-Nanjangud-Mysore corridor, you could earn lakhs being a member of that criminal gang!
    How about a member of the gold snatching gang-you become very rich very quickly.
    @ A V Prasanna-the very person who advocated LPG cynders use over piped gas use, accusing Shenoy of taking money from the piped gas company to speak on behlaf of them. You escaped not being charged for this false accusation.
    The recent trend is Indian students in their thousands collectively pay people smugglers to take them to France so that they can put them in inflatable dinghies to transfer them across the narrow English Channel into England, where they are claiming asylum! They want to stay in England, get the student loans available for citizens, and the subsistence cash to go universities for free! They think with the Indian origin PM in Britain, he will keep them! There are already laws rushed in parliament there, to deport all of them. There are nearly 200,000 college drop outs , all of them Indian students working in the black economy-restaurants in England, which they do not do in India. There are Indian doctors who have failed the exams to qualify them to practice as doctor s in England. Similar stories in USA, Canada and Australia. None of these illegal Indian migrants wants to return to India, Your wonderful PM Modi refuses to take them back although they arec all Indian citizens.
    That is the pathetic state of Modi’s Tech India!!

  4. Srinivasan Govindaswamy says:

    Dear Sir, you are true and i am not against reservation are against anyone in this nation, the poor and pathetic think is our Indian society is ruined by reservations in the highest institute where some one getting 90% is knocked down and person with 45% gets the seat then where can we grow, the mindset should be changed and their should be monetary benefits for the under privileged and backward society and in Studies all should be treated equally to progress as a Superpower nation.


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