Shri Nitin Chowdhary Chief Mechanical Engineer, IT, Northern Railway has taken over as Chief Public Relations Officer, Northern Railway today. He succeeds Shri Neeraj Sharma.
An Indian Railways Mechanical Engineer (IRSME) of 1986 batch, Shri Chowdhary has nearly 30 years of wide-ranging experience in varied engineering, operations and IT fields on the Railways. Shri Chowdhary held key positions on Railways viz. EDME(Development), Railway Board, New Delhi, Director (Vehicle Dynamics Group), RDSO, Lucknow, Chief Workshop Engineer (Wheel) & Chief Vigilance Officer at Rail Wheel factory Bangalore etc. and marked a career with notable distinctions Some of his noteworthy achievements in his assignments include the following:
In the mechanical engineering department, Shri Chowdhary was the frontline executive leading change and technological transformation on Indian Railways dynamically managing teams of Running Crew transitioning from traction modes of Steam Locomotive by Diesel locomotive and taking on to Electrical Locomotives . In the Railways’ Research & Designs Organization, RDSO, Shri Chowdhary made distinct achievements viz. successfully development of 13 variants of self-generating LHB coaches prudentially utilizing internal resources of RDSO, study of dynamic behavior of high speed LHB coaches during the import and Transfer of Technology phase. Leveraging technology, he brought in new user facilities through digitalization and upgradation of systems for operations viz. first Indian design of Air-springs for EMUs for the first time on Indian Railways. Shri Chowdhary also helmed the project for Optimizing the suspension design of first ever 23t high capacity parcel van of Indian Railways which is currently running at 110 km/h. Shri Chowdhary also held key operational posts at Freight wagon maintenance depots like New Katni Junction (NKJ), a depot holding over 25,000 BOXN wagons, managed Steam locomotive shed, Jabalpur where he took notable initiatives, mentored teams and created new benchmarks.
Shri Chowdhary holds a graduate degree from Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (IRIMEE), Jamalpur and Masters of Science degree in Design Engineering (MS), BITS Pilani. Shri Chowdhary has authored several technical papers in national and international journals. Interestingly, he also holds Sangeet Visharad in Hindustani Classical Music and in (Instrumental) – Tabla.
As a keen believer in factual reporting, Shri Chowdhary hopes to bring in new perspectives amongst the public on the transformational journey of the Railways and re-orient public interest in the Railways’ priorities as a customer-oriented organization.