India's dream to set up a Rail University now becomes a vision. The Cabinet has approved the setting up of the first National Rail and Transport University (NRTU). This is seen as a big boost for the Indian Railways.
The premier institution will be set up in Vadodara, Gujarat.
Objectives of the University
- According to the Railway Ministry, the university would skill human resources and the build the capability of the Indian Railways.
- The Rail University will foster entrepreneurship and generate large scale employment opportunities
- The ministry said, " India's 1st National Rail & Transportation University to transform Indian railway and transport sector for a New India." Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal said that realising PM Narendra Modi's vision of Make in India, Skill India and Startup India, Government sets up 1st National Rail and Transportation University in Vadodara, Gujarat.
NRTU Rail University Admissions open in 2018
The first batch of students will be admitted in the National Rail and Transport University by June 2018.
Advantages of the creation of a Rail University in India
- The first of its kind university will create employment and also improve productivity, a government official said.
- It is also aimed at providing employment for the youth as it would help in the upgrading of skill.
Act to construct Rail University
The Railway Ministry said that not-for-profit company under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013, will be created by the ministry of railways which shall be the managing company of the proposed university.
Land to construct Rail University
"Existing land and infrastructure at National Academy of Indian Railways at Vadodara will be utilised, and suitably modified and modernised for the purpose of the university."
Number of seats
The total number of seats in the University are 3,000 full-time students. The funding of the new university/institute is to entirely come from the Ministry, the government further said.
Technologies used for learning
The university plans to use latest pedagogy and technology applications such as satellite-based tracking, radio frequency identification and artificial intelligence to improve on-the-job performance and productivity, it is learnt.