(UNI) Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday announced signing of a Letter of Intent for the country’s first railway university.
“UGC today granted Letter of Intent for first Railway University,” tweeted Mr Javadekar.
The HRD minister also informed that he would “fast-track” the setting up of a defense university as well. To support the unprecedented growth, the Ministry of Railways has mandated setting up a world class university, the National Rail & Transportation Institute (NRTI) to serve the additional manpower and training and development needs of India’s transportation sector.
NRTI will help to attract fresh talent into transportation related sectors, in addition to developing the capabilities of existing talent.
This University will offer unique UG and PG programs proposed in emerging areas along with research programs to be conducted in the emerging area of Transportation.
Being the first rail university in the country, it will have high potential for attracting good students and bright faculty and also offer better employment opportunities for students.
The high quality research in future will strengthen the transport sector as a whole and will play an important role in the nation building and generate the ample employment opportunities.
The genesis for establishing the university came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he stressed the urgent need for quality manpower in the rail sector.