Central Universities (Amendment), Bill 2022

Central Universities (Amendment) Bill 2022 was passed in Lok Sabha on August 3, 2022. The Bill aims to convert the ‘National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI)’ into Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya (GSV).

Important provisions of the bill include;

  • NRTI (Vadodara) is currently a Deemed to be University (declared under University Grants Commission Act, 1956), while GSV would be a Central University and will be sponsored & funded by central government through Railways Ministry.
  • As per Bill, Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya will provide quality teaching, research, and skill development across technology, transportation, and management.
  • GSV may also establish centres in India and abroad. Establishment of GSV will address the requirement of trained talent in transportation sector.

According to the Bill, existing VC of NRTI will hold office for:

  • six months from when the Act is notified, or
  • until a new VC for GSV is appointed, whichever is earlier.

National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI)

NRTI is the first transport institute of India. It is located in Vadodara, Gujarat, inside 55-acre campus of National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR), which is the apex training institute of Ministry of Railways. Its permanent campus is likely to shift in Waghodiya taluka of Vadodara in near future. For this purpose, land acquisition has started.

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