The Union Cabinet has approved the Ministry of Railways' transformative
initiative to set up the first ever National Rail and Transport University
(NRTU) in Vadodara to skill its human resources and build capability. This
innovative idea will be a catalyst for transformation of rail and transport
sector towards New India.
The University will be set up as a Deemed to Be University under de novo
category as per the UGC [Institutions Deemed to be Universities] Regulations,
2016. Government is working towards completing all approvals by April 2018 and
to launch the first academic program in July 2018.
A 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. The company will provide financial and infrastructural
support to the university, and appoint Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor of the
university. Board of Management, comprising professionals and academics, shall
be independent of the Managing Company with full autonomy to perform its
academic and administrative responsibilities.
Existing land and infrastructure at National Academy of Indian Railways
(NAIR) at Vadodara, Gujarat will be utilized, and suitably modified and
modernized for the purpose of the university. In its full enrolment, it is
expected to have 3000 full time students. The funding of the new
University/Institute is to entirely come from Ministry of Railways.
This university will set Indian Railways on the path of modernisation and
help India become a global leader in transport sector by enhancing productivity
and promoting 'Make in India'. It will create a resource pool of skilled
manpower and leverage state-of-the-art technology to provide better safety,
speed and service in Indian Railways. It will support 'Startup India' and
'Skill India' by channeling technology and delivering knowhow, and foster
entrepreneurship, generating large scale employment opportunities. This will
lead to transformation of railway and transportation sector and enable faster
movement of people and goods. Through global partnerships and accessing cutting
edge technologies, India will emerge as a global centre of expertise.
The university plans to use latest pedagogy and technology applications (satellite
based tracking, Radio Frequency Identification and Artificial Intelligence) to
improve on-the-job performance and productivity. Close collaboration with the
Indian Railways will ensure that the stakeholders have access to Railways'
facilities, which will work as 'live labs' and they will be able to work on
solving real life problems. It will have 'Centres of Excellence' showcasing
high-end, niche technology like High Speed Train.
As Indian Railways is set to embark
on ambitious projects such as High Speed Trains (popularly known as bullet
train), massive infrastructure modernisation, Dedicated Freight Corridors
(DFCs), highest focus on safety etc., Indian Railways will require high level
of proficiency and skills. Further, factors such as unprecedented growth in the
transportation sector in India, increased requirement of qualified manpower and
upgradation of skills and capability required to drive the transformation of
Indian Railways have necessitated a world-class training hub.