The proposal to establish Railway Universities in India was first mooted in December 2015. This was formally mentioned in the Railway Budget 2016-2017. Highlights of the Railway Budget 2016-17
Updated: Feb 25, 2016, 02.03 PM IST
Rail University: Initially identified the National Academy of Indian Railways at Vadodara
In June 2016 Prime Minister Narendra Modi was reviewing the progress of setting up the Rail University. He expressed unhappiness at the at the ‘slow pace’ of progress.
After this meeting, the matter was put in fast traced and this week, Indian Railways, ‘National Academy of Indian Railways’, invited Application for sponsored candidates for (in collaboration with the Faculty of Management Studies of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda ). The relevant Advertisement can be accessed here.
Last date of receipt of application is 25.11.2016
Participants in the Programme
Group – A Railway Trainee Officers
In-service Railway Officers
Sponsored candidates from Private/Public sectors, corporates, MSME, individuals.
The course fee for Sponsored candidates is INR7,50,000 + Taxes.
The course fee for MSME sponsored and self-sponsored candidates is INR7,00,000/-
2 seats are reserved for MSME candidates.
With 40,000 miles of tracks and 17,000 trains, India’s vast railway network stretches across the subcontinent, connecting remote villages to heaving metropolises. Set up under the Raj, the system provides a crucial lifeline for the 18 million people a day who use it and for the 1.4 million people it employs.
Shri Manoj Sinha’s Quote "The present campus for National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR), Vadodara, (at Pratap Vilas Palace) will be initially used to start the railway university. After land acquisition, a full-fledged university will be started here," he said.
In the first phase, the university will start offering MBA and MTech degrees, after which it will offer diploma and BTech in railway operations.
NAIR, formerly known as the Railway Staff College (RSC), presently acts as the apex level training and management development institute for the officers of Indian Railways.
The city of Vadodara will contribute immensely to the development of railways in the country through country's first railway university.
This is what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after inaugurating the new Vadodara International Airport building at Harni on Saturday.
"Vadodara is known as Sanskarnagari but it is also known as an education hub. It has made a name of its own in technical education. Vadodara and Vallabh Vidyanagar have done remarkable work in this direction. And hence considering this, government of India has taken an important decision whose impact will be felt throughout the century. This is to set up country's first railway university," said Modi.
"If the entire world has reached at 100th place in railways, India stands at tenth position. Even today, our coaches, their speed, the way they are given signals, remains the same. World has changed. Much technological advancement has happened. Indian railways can also make that change happen through technological advancements. To provide an impetus, government has selected Vadodara for setting up the railway university," he said