HISTORY OF CRIS:
In 1982,Government decided to set up a
Freight Operations Information Systems (FOIS)
later in 1986,Ministry of Railways established the
CENTRE FOR RAILWAY INFORMATION SYSTEMS (CRIS),
Chanakya Puri, New Delhi - 21 to be an umbrella for all
computer activities on Indian
Railways (IR). They also entrusted it with
the task of design, development and implementation of
the FOIS, alongwith its associated communications
infrastructure. The Centre started functioning from
July,1987.It is an autonomous organisation headed by
Managing Director .CRIS is mainly a project oriented
organisation engaged in development of major computer
systems on the Railways. CRIS has acquired special
knowledge and expertise in the field of informatics.
With such a rich practical experience, a dedicated team
of professionals and its own R&D effort, CRIS aims to be
a leader in this fast developing field. Indian Railways
is one of the most advanced ministries in India, with an
innovative and extensive IT environment.
CRIS: The need
A separate organisation was considered
better suited to take up all computer activities on IR
mainly for the following reasons :
- to avoid duplication of efforts by
- to ensure standardisation of
computer hardware and software on the Railways.
- to undertake design and development
of major applications on Railways requiring higher
levels of expertise, faster decision making and
system wide applicability.
- to insulate the organisation from
day to day working of the Railways so that its
objectives are not lost sight of.
- need for a combined effort of
Railways and Computer Specialists, considered best
suited for the development of the computer
applications on Railways.
- need for development of expertise
in highly specialised fields like Operation
Research, Simulation, Expert System, CAD/CAM,
Process Control etc.
- need for greater flexibility to
keep pace with the fast changing technology.