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India’s first railway university in Vadodara

India’s first railway university in Vadodara

The first railway university of the country, situated in Vadodara (Gujarat) was dedicated to the nation today (December 15) by Union Minister Piyush Goyal and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. The National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI) opened its doors to the first batch of 103 students from 20 states in two fully-residential undergraduate courses in September this year. The university has come into existence to fulfill the promise of the BJP-led government under PM Narendra Modi. The Rail Budget of 2014 had made a promise of establishing such a university. The university aims at enhancing efficiency, managerial and technological efficiency of Indian railways by education, training and research and also eventually to make India a major global player in the arena. The university would employ capable teachers and there may be collaboration with established management schools of India. Initially teachers are likely to come from Indian Business School, Hyderabad and XLRI School of Management and other reputed institutions.
The new university will function from the Pratap Vilas Palace of the erstwhile Gaekwad state, which houses National Academy of Indian Railways. The academy was shifted to Vadodara in 1952 from Premnagar, Dehradun where it was founded in 1930. Both the institutions will run from this campus till the time a greenfield campus will be set-up. The Ministry of Railways has identified a 100-acre plot in Vadodara for this purpose. Known as the ‘National Academy of Indian Railways’, Pratap Vilas Palace at Lalbaug, Vadodara was constructed between February 15, 1908 to July 30, 1914 by the British architect Charles F Stevens. The campus named after Pratapsinh Rao Gaekwad once house the ‘Railway Staff College’ which constitute 55 acres of land and is designed in Renaissance architecture. Pratapsinh Rao Gaekwad was the last and the 13th Maharaja of Baroda state.

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