India’s first rail university and world’s third to be dedicated to the nation tomorrow

India's first ever Rail University to be dedicated to nation. Image for representation

India’s first ever Rail University to be dedicated to India. Image for representation

Gujarat’s Rail University will be dedicated to India tomorrow, Minister of Indian Railways, Piyush Goyal has announced.

Along with him, Vijay Rupani, the Chief Minister of Gujarat will also be present in the ceremony.

Third rail university in the world

According to Piyush Goyal, the National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI), a university in Vadodara, Gujarat is the third in the world after Russia and China. The university opened its doors to the first batch of 103 students from 20 states in two fully-residential undergraduate courses in September this year.

Here’s what the minister said:

“It is a matter of great pride that such a unique institute offering such diverse courses will be dedicated to the nation on December 15,” said Piyush Goyal.

Masters programme in the university

The university had started two under-graduate programmes — BSc in Transportation Technology and BBA programme in Transportation Management in September 2018.

This year, the university is aiming to start a Masters programme from 2019-20 academic session in areas such as Transportation and Systems Design, Transport Systems Engineering, Transport Policy, and Economics, among others according to PTI.

About the university

According to Goyal, the student body in Rail University is highly diverse with 17 girls and 86 boys coming from 20 states.

  • 41 students: BBA (Transportation Management)
  • 62 students: B Sc (Transportation Technology)

Project approval

In 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that a rail university was needed for the research and modernization of the country’s archaic railway system.

The project got approved on December 20, 2017, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet. The project was initiated by the Ministry of Railways’ to skill its human resources and build capability.

According to the previous reports, this project was pending for the past four years.

Master plan for the new campus

According to PTI, the acquisition of the land from the Gujarat government is under process and the master plan of the new campus is being finalized.