New Delhi: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-chaired Union Cabinet permitted the creation of the post of a vice chancellor for India's first railway and transportation university, National Rail and Transport Institute (NRTI). "The Vice-Chancellor shall be the Principal Executive Officer of the institution and shall exercise general supervision and control over the affairs of the institution and shall be mainly responsible for implementation of the decisions of all the authorities of the institution deemed to be university," an official statement read.
NRTI, which is located in Vadodara (Gujarat), is India's first railway and transportation university offering multi-disciplinary education, research and training focused exclusively on the transportation sector.
"NRTI opened its doors to the first batch of 103 students from 20 states of India, in two fully-residential undergraduate courses – BSc. in Transportation Technology and DBA in Transportation Management, the classes for which started from 5th September, 2018. These three-year degree programs have interdisciplinary curricula, benchmarked with leading institutions in the world, consisting of foundation, core and elective courses," the statement added.
As per the release, NRTI is also looking to collaborate with leading international institutions, in the areas of faculty and student exchange as well as joint research. So far, the NRTI has signed Memorandum of Agreements with the University of California, Berkeley; Cornell University, USA; MIIT, Moscow, and St Petersburg Transport University, Russia.