New Delhi: The National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI), Vadodara,—a Deemed to be University—will now be developed as Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya (GSV), a Central University. The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed an amendment to the Central Universities Act to facilitate conversation of NRTI and pave way for its development as GSV as a world-class, multidisciplinary and futuristic institute for transport sector.
Talking about the amendment in the Lok Sabha, Union Minister for Education and Skill Development Dharmendra Pradhan said that the GSV would help the government prepare a future-ready workforce to embrace the fourth industrial revolution and tackle the challenges of the 21st century. He such technical institutions are being raised to make India Aatmanirbhar in the area of frontier technologies by the end of this year.
About the transformations taking place in the infrastructure and transport sectors including roads, railways, shipping, aviation etc, Pradhan said the growth of transport sectors, building of airports across nation in smaller cities and increasing air traffic is reflective of aspirations of the people of India. “The transformation required building of an institution, which would repository of knowledge, conduct research, curate best practices, facilitate skill development, work on capacity building and facilitate the growth of transport sectors,” said the Minister.
He also said that the students of future would need to learn about environment, commerce, and social sciences to succeed in the infrastructure sector. Thus a world-class, multi-disciplinary, multi-dimensional futuristic institution called Gati Shakti University has been envisioned.
The Minister said it is time to bring more and more youth in the mainstream education and skilling ecosystem in line with the vision of National Education Policy (NEP). “Our endeavour is to create a generation of job creators and not only job seekers,” he said, adding that a new work culture is being developed in India under which everything promised will be delivered and Gati Shakti is another example of that work culture.