New Delhi: With Metro rail services coming up across the country, Delhi Metro sees the need for engineers specially qualified in this modern technology and has written to Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry to launch such courses in elite IITs.

Delhi Metro, Managing Director, E Sreedharan says the post-graduate courses in various disciplines relating to Metro technology should be started in IITs and that at least 50 engineers should pass out every year to meet the demands in the future.

"We have suggested (to the HRD Ministry) that IITs should start courses in Metro technology. It is not mere civil engineering, but we need (professionals) in signaling, electrical and air-conditioning engineering," he told a news agency.

The 'Metro Man', who was instrumental in building 185-km of Metro network in the capital within a short span of fifteen years, said he wants the courses related to Metro engineering to be taught only in specialised institutions like the Indian Institutes of Technology.

Sreedharan wrote a letter to the HRD Ministry earlier this year seeking launch of such courses.

Asked about the government's response, he said, "They have neither said yes nor (they have) denied... that is how the government works."

"We have suggested a minimum of 50 seats in various disciplines and the specialisation may be in construction, signal engineering, rolling stocks. This is the proposal we have sent it to the HRD Ministry," he said.

While Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata already have Metro networks, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad will get the modern transport over the next few years.

(Agencies)