With the aim to create a consistent resource pool of best-in-class professionals for the railway and transportation sector, India is ready to welcome its first Railway University. Post cabinet’s approval in December 2017, the efforts to establish the Railway University have been going full steam. Based in Vadodara the University has announced admissions for its first batch of students, offering courses like BBA and BSc. With a cut-off percentage of 55%, the varsity has already received over thousands of applications from all over the country.
Focused on developing global and national partnerships with top universities and organizations from across the world, this varsity is a brainchild of the current Modi led government. In 2014, Prime Minister had announced that the country desperately needed a Railway University, for augmenting research and modernization of the country’s ancient railway sector and transport infrastructure. It was subsequently included in the Railway Budget in 2014.
The university will offer courses related to transport streams and will be linked to all the 300 training institutes in the Railways Ministry. The university aims to ensure that the research and development of Indian Railways continue without any hindrance.
Here are some facts that you may not know about this university.
- Established as a deemed to be university under the de-novo category in 2018
- Multidisciplinary techno-commercial curriculum
- Will incorporate 21st-century skills: communication, critical thinking and collaboration
- Project-based learning at Railway establishments
- Highly experienced in-house and visiting faculty with international exposure
- Fully residential program with a modern hostel for boys and girls
- Up to 100% scholarships (Need-blind admission)
- Global academic and industry partnerships
- State-of-the-art green campus
- All the programs are accredited by UGC and AICTE
Initially, the premier institution will work from the royal Pratap Vilas Palace, which houses the National Academy of Indian Railways and will later shift to a sprawling new 100-acre campus. The Railways will also set-up a not-for-profit company, under Section 8 of the Companies Act, which shall take care of the running of the university.