Calling all engineers, do you want to do a post-graduate diploma in ‘metro rail technology'? No sweat. Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) will sponsor you for a course at IIT Madras. But there is a catch.

After the course, one should work for the company for four years with a Rs 5-lakh bond to back one's promise.

Even if you fail to complete the course, the candidate will still have to pay Rs 5 lakh to CMRL. And, for those who successfully complete the course but do not join Chennai Metro within ten days of completion of the course, shall also end up Rs 5 lakh poorer.

“The CMRL is assuring a job and in turn wants a commitment from the candidates else all the investment will go waste for them,” said an official of a leading HR company.

CMRL, a joint venture company with equity participation from the Government of India and the Tamil Nadu Government, is implementing the Rs 14,000-crore Chennai metro project. With shortage of people with expertise in metro rail technology, it has approached the IIT Madras for a solution.

Each year CMRL will sponsor 10 engineers (civil, mechanical, electrical, electrical and electronics and electronics and communication engineering) to the PG Diploma Course. It will pay a monthly stipend of Rs 20,000 and also sponsor tuition fees, said Mr R.G. Robinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras. The course will commence on July 27.

The one-year course comprises two semesters with participating departments being Departments of Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Management studies and Mechanical Engineering. The first semester will cover areas such as Lean Construction Concepts, Tools and Practices and Metro systems and Engineering, while the second will include construction quality and safety management.

The project

The Chennai metro rail envisages a 45 km public transport system with elevated and underground sections covering the city through two corridors — one a 23-km stretch linking Washermanpet in North Chennai to the airport to the South through the centre of the city and another 17-km stretch connecting the Central Railway Station to St. Thomas Mount through Anna Nagar and Koyambedu in the western parts of the city.