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Information about SCRA Scheme.

 The SCRA Training Scheme

The Special Class Railway Apprentices (SCRA) is a unique sandwich training scheme modeled on “Catch them Young” fundamental of professional training. Bright young candidates who have just completed their Intermediate (Plus 2) with Science are selected and trained by Indian Railways at its own cost, to be graduate mechanical engineers. On successful completion of four years of apprenticeship, during which the SCRAs study, write exams and undergo practical training, they are awarded Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Selection

SCRAs are selected through the Union Public Service Commission Examination conducted every year. Notification for this examination is issued in major newspapers, employment news and on the website of Union Public Service Commission around the month of October. A written examination is conducted in January. Candidates are shortlisted based on this examination. They appear for interview/personality test and medical examination normally conducted in May. The final merit list of candidates recommended for selection is issued in June. The SCAs join sometime in July. Further details can be seen at the website of UPSC.

NOTE: Recruitment of SCRA through UPSC (2016 onwards) has been suspended for the time being.

Rules and Guidelines for Special Class Railway Apprentices

Details about UPSC Examinations: The details of various examinations conducted by UPSC can be viewed from the UPSC's website. For Ready reference, the Programme  of Examinations by UPSC for the year 2017 can be viewed here.

Conditions for Apprenticeship for SCRA detailed in UPSC Application Form: A copy of the examination notice for SCRA 2015 examination is available here in Appendix - III. Please refer to the UPSC's website for latest news.

Rules Governing Apprentices:
Rules governing Apprentices regarding Promotion, Seniority, Allowances, etc., are available in Indian Railway Establishment Manual (IREM). They may be viewed through the link  here .

Rules Governing Pension: 
Rules governing Pension are available in Indian Railway Services Pension Rules. They may be viewed through the link given below. http://indianrailwayemployee.com/content/indian-railway-services-pension-rules

Academics

At present, Special Class Railway Apprentices follow the four-year (8-semester) Mechanical Engineering Degree Course of Birla Institute of Technology Mesra, Ranchi. At the successful completion of their course they are awarded the regular BE (Mech) Degree of BIT Mesra.

Course-curriculum for SCRAs

SCRA is a sandwich training course. The main components of this course are:

Academics:Under IRIMEE’s MOU with BIT(Mesra) Ranchi, SCRAs register with BIT for a four year degree course in BE(Mechanical). BIT’s visiting lecturers come to IRIMEE for delivering lectures on a regular basis. Students are also given assignments / tutorials which have to be done timely and submitted to faculty. For semester examinations, SCRAs go to BIT.

Practical Training: During the semester breaks of BIT Mesra, Special Class Apprentices get trained in practical engineering and management at Jamalpur Workshops, other units of Railways and in other institutions and industry. There are no summer and winter vacations in SCRA.

Extra-curricular activities: Active participation in sports, team activities, cultural etc., is encouraged. Sports is compulsory and evaluated portion of the curriculum. Facilities exist for Football, Hockey, Athletics, Cricket, Squash, Volleyball, Golf, Swimming, Basketball, Badminton, Tennis, Table-tennis, Billiards, Snookers and Strength and Weight Training. Dramatics, fine arts, reading, club activities, trekking, computers, photography, model making and multifarious other activities are encouraged. There are a number of students clubs formed and run by SCRAs and participation in them is compulsory. These activities are evaluated and count towards successful completion of the apprenticeship.


Boarding and Lodging


All SCRAs are lodged in Special Grade Hostel, popularly known as ‘Gymkhana’ during their four years training at Jamalpur. SCRAs manage all activities of Gymkhana themselves. Office-bearers are elected by the residents in General Body Meeting. The average expenditure of mess would be around Rs.4500/- to Rs. 6000/-, which is easily manageable within the stipend.

Travel facilities available to SCRAs

SCAs are entitled to two free return journey passes in a year which entitle them to travel in 2nd AC class on the trains of Indian Railways.

In addition they get four sets return journey of Privilege Ticket Orders that entitles them to travel in classes up to 2nd AC by paying one third of the basic fare.

While travelling on Training, they get additional duty passes for all such travel which entitles them to journeys by the 2nd AC Class on Indian Railways in all trains including Rajdhani Express.


When travelling in groups, SCAs travel in special training cars that are dedicated railway coaches with bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchenette.


Distinguished Alumni

The Alumni of SCRA have made their mark in multifarious fields both within and outside Indian Railways. Those who became either Chairmen or Member in the Railway Board are listed below:

S.no

Batch

Name

1.

1927

Sri M.M.Khan

Member Mechanical

2.

1930

Sri G.P.Bhalla

Member Mechanical

3.

1931

Sri P.Sahai

Member Mechanical

4.

1935

Sri N.N.Tandon

Member Mechanical

5.

1935

Sri P.N.Kaul

Member Mechanical

6.

1939

Sri S.C.Mishra

Member Mechanical

7.

1940

Sri K.S.Rajan

Chairman

8.

1942

Sri K.P.Jayaram

Member Staff

9.

1942

Sri B.B.Lal

Member Mechanical

10.

1944

Sri K.T.V.Raghavan

Chairman

11.

1946

Sri Himmat Singh

Member Mechanical

12.

1946

Sri J.P.Gupta

Chairman

13.

1947

Sri M.L.Khanna

Member Staff

14.

1947

Sri P.S.Chaudhri

Member Mechanical

15.

1948

Sri Anup Singh

Member Mechanical

16.

1950

Sri K.V.Krishnamurthy

Member Staff

17.

1951

Sri R.D.Kitson

Chairman

18.

1951

Sri N.Mitra

Member Mechanical

19.

1952

Sri R.C.Acharya

Member Mechanical

20.

1953

Sri A.N.Shukla

Chairman

21.

1955

Sri Masihuzzaman

Member Mechanical

22.

1955

Sri G.K.Khare

Chairman

23.

1957

Sri L.K.Sinha

Member Mechanical

24.

1958

Sri Ashok Kumar

Chairman

25

1969

Sanjeev Handa

Member Mechanical

26

1971

Arunendra Kumar

Chairman

27

1972

Alok Johri

Member Mechanical

Names of some alumni who have made a mark outside Railways are listed below:


Name

Batch

M.M.Khan

1927

Chairman, C.C.I.

B.Basu

1927

C.M.O., I.S.W.

K.C.Lall

1927

Chairman, B.H.E.L.

LT.Madnani

1928

Chairman, O.N.G.C.

N.A.Qureshi

1929

Chairman, Pak Railway board

P.Sahai

1931

Chairman, STC & Braithwaite

P.N.Kaul

1935

Chairman, I.R.C.O.N.

R.K.Sethi

1938

M.D., N.I.D.C.

K.S.Rajan

1940

Secy, Tech. development

A.C.Chatterjee

1941

CMD, HEC

Z.I.Puri

1944

M.M., Pakistan Railway Board

H.G.T.Woodword

1944

Member, ONGC

R.Datta

1944

CMD, Braithwaite

M.K.Gamkhar

1944

Advisor, Bangladesh Rly.

P.C.Luther

1944

Chairman, DVC & STC

M.M.Lal

1944

Advisor, Govt. of Libya

M.K.Modwell

1945

M.D., Rayleigh

A.C.Puri

1945

MD, Alfred Herbert

S.C. Vadera

1945

CMD, HEC & ED ACC

M.M.Suri

1945

Inventor & MD SAN

P.P.Saranyapani

1945

CMD, R&C

M.Lal

1945

World Bank Washington

D.R.R.Sastri

1946

CMD, MMTC

M.K.Khosla

1946

Chairman, RITES

B.S.Pendse

1946

MD, CIMMCO

J.P.Gupta

1946

Chairman, UPSC

M.M.Luther

1947

Chairman, PEC & HEC

P.N.Jha

1948

Member, ONGC

L.C.Chib

1948

MD, Burnstandard

V.K.Laroia

1948

MD, Industrial Dev. Services

Z.A. Malik

1949

Prof., State University (USA)

P.C.Sen

1949

CMD,Bumstandard&CMD,peerless

A.N.Wanchoo

1950

Chairman,RITES

Dr.Premprakash

1951

Prof.,MIT(USA)

R.N.Seth

1952

DIR,Engineers India

A.K.Khanna

1953

MD,BIL

Chiranjiv Singh

1955

MD,SIC(India)

Hemant Singh

1955

CMD,Baleo&MD,GEC

S.K.Dikshit

1956

MD,RITES

H.N.Gupta

1956

1997 Man of the Year (American Biographical Institute)
member governing council AICTE, Member advisory board CTI

D. Nagarajan

1957

Regional Director,RCSB(SSI)

A.Pradhan

1957

VP,Reckiitt and Coleman

R.K.Pachauri

1958

Director,TERI

Arun Prasad

1959

CMD,NIDC&CMD,IRCON

V.K.Mathur

1960

MD,IAAI

Suman Babbar

1962

World Bank

Shaym Sunder

1962

Prof, Carnegie Mellon University. Elected President,American Accountants Association

JS Chhokar

1963

Professor IIMA

D.Sharma

1963

President,TTA(USA)

S. Manikutty

1964

Professor IIMA

R.Malhan

1966

MD,Stone India Ltd.

M. G. Raghuraman

1974

CIO, Mphasis

Madhukar Dayal

1987

Professor IIM Indore

Sanjeev Tripathi

1993

Professor IIM Ahmedabad

The alumni who have won Awards outside the Railways are listed below:

S.no

Batch

Name

1.

1938

Shri K.L.Bery

Padmashri

2.

1941

Shri A.C.Chatterjee

Padmashri

3.

1944

Shri P.C.Luther

Padmashri

4.

1945

Shri M.M.Suri

Padmashri

5.

1947

Shri M.C.Khanna

VSM(IN ACTION IN 1971)

6.

1947

Shri P.S.Chaudhuri

VSM

7.

1957

Shri N.C.Sinha

MID(IN ACTION IN 1971)

8.

1958

Shri R. K. Pachauri

Nobel Peace Prize (for IPCC)

Some Frequently Asked Questions

1.What is the daily routine of the SCRAs?

IRIMEE follows a five-day working week, while during shop training, it is a six-day week.

During classroom training, classes are held at IRIMEE from 0830 to 1600 hrs, with lunch break from 1330 – 1430 hrs. During Shop training, SCRAs have to be in the workshops from 0700 to 1600 hrs with a lunch break in between 1100 – 1145 hrs.

Sports is from 1630 hrs. Dinner starts at 2015 hrs.


These are only the regular schedules. SCRAs may be required to attend special classes and training at any other time of the day if so required.

2. What about security in the hostel?

The Special Grade Hostel, popularly known as ‘Gymkhana’ is situated inside the Railway Township of East Colony in Jamalpur. This is a secure location and Railway officers of IRIMEE and Jamalpur Workshop live on the same road as Gymkhana. The Territorial Army Cantonment is also located nearby.

3. What are the career prospects for SCRAs?

SCRAs after completion of their four years training are inducted into IRSME (Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers) cadre, an organized Group A civil service under the Government of India. 

There are a large number of opportunities of going into different ministries and Public Sector Undertakings of The Government of India and State Governments if and SCRA chooses to do so either by deputation or on permanent absorption. Some SCRAs, of course, have left Railways and gone on to reach high positions both in the Private sector as well as in the Government in India and Abroad.


Railways also provides a number of scholarships/sponsorships for higher studies in various fields to its officers. If an SCRA continues with the organization he/she can avail of these facilities.


4. How is induction in SCRA different from IES?

SCRA and IES are two different schemes to enter Class-I IRSME cadre, after selection by UPSC.

5. What are the medical facilities in Jamalpur?

Railways has excellent medical facilities at Jamalpur with a dedicated hospital. Referral facilities to tertiary care hospitals, both of Railways and in the private sector also exist and can be made use of on need-basis.

These medical facilities are available absolutely free to all SCRAs.

Further queries may be addressed to:

Shri Utkarsh,

Professor,

Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering,

Jamalpur

District - Munger,

Bihar, PIN - 811214




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