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Gati Shakti University Bill introduced in Lok Sabha

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Aug 01, 2022 8:00 PM

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The National Rail and Transportation University, a deemed-to-be-institution, would be changed by a bill tabled in the Lok Sabha on August 1 to become Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya, an independent central university.

In order to promote the ambitious growth and modernization in the field, the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, sponsored by Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, also aims to broaden the University's focus from the railroads to include the overall transport sector.

According to Pradhan's Statement of Objects and Reasons for the Bill, the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2022 proposes to modify the Central Universities Act, 2009, among other things, by establishing Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya as a body corporate under the said Act.

The creation of Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya, according to him, would meet the requirement for trained manpower to support the growth and expansion of the transportation sector, which is strategically significant and growing.

University will reverse brain drain

The proposed University will reverse brain drain and create critical capability and capacity by developing masters and doctoral degrees in transportation, go a long way in making the nation self-reliant in the transportation sector through its programs for skilling and digitising India, Pradhan said.

He claimed that by developing cutting-edge technologies, the institution will conduct urgently required research and development, support local manufacturing, and eliminate the need for expensive technology, equipment, and product imports.

According to Pradhan, the university will also take additional steps to provide top-notch instruction, research, and skill development in a variety of fields connected to transportation, technology, and 
management, including opening centres both domestically and overseas.

PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan for multi-modal connectivity

The flagship Rs 100 lakh crore PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan for multi-modal connectivity inspired the naming of the university. The Gati Shakti Master Plan is essentially a digital platform that unites 16 ministries, including those in charge of roads and trains, to plan and execute infrastructure connectivity projects in concert.

It aims to include infrastructure plans from multiple state and federal ministries, including UDAN, Bharatmala, Sagarmala, inland waterways, dry and land ports, and Sagarmala.

Also Read: PM Gati Shakti: Steel ministry identifies 38 high impact projects

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