Current Affairs, 21 December 2017
The Union Cabinet on 20 December 2017 approved the transformative initiative of Union Ministry of Railways to set up the first ever National Rail and Transport University (NRTU) in Vadodara to provide skill to its human resources and build capability.
All the approvals regarding the setting up of the university will be done by April 2018 and the first academic program will be launched in July 2018.
National Rail and Transportation University
• 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.
• A not-for-profit Company under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013 will be created by the Ministry of Railways as 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 will be independent of the Managing Company and will have 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.
• It is expected to have 3000 full time students. The funding of the new university will entirely come from Ministry of Railways.
• 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.
• Stakeholders will have access to Railways' facilities that will work as 'live labs' through which, they will be able to work on solving real life problems.
• University will have 'Centres of Excellence' showcasing high-end, niche technology like High Speed Train.
This university will help India become a global leader in transport sector by promoting 'Make in India' initiative of the Union Government. It will support 'Startup India' and 'Skill India' programmes by delivering expertise, fostering entrepreneurship and generating large scale employment opportunities.
Who: Union Cabinet
When: 20 December 2017