In a landmark decision, the Ministry of Railways has issued a directive for the handover of all assets from the National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR), located in Vadodara, to Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya (GSV). This directive comes in alignment with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bolster the newly envisioned Central university. The move is poised to impact the esteemed legacy of NAIR, a pivotal training facility for railway officers over several decades.
The Railway Board’s announcement on Monday solidified the transfer of infrastructural facilities from NAIR to GSV. The encompassing assets include classrooms, faculty offices, laboratories, hostels, guest houses, auditoriums, security installations, and sports facilities. Notably, this directive specifies that NAIR must obtain permission from the Vice-Chancellor of GSV for any approved training program.
Coordination and Planning
To ensure a smooth transition and ongoing collaboration, the Railway Board emphasized that all future annual training calendars of NAIR and Central Training Institutes (CTIs) should be coordinated with GSV. Furthermore, GSV will be accorded preference for the utilization of these facilities, indicating a paradigm shift in the dynamics of training programs for railway officers.
The decision has prompted concerns among serving and retired railway officers regarding the potential impact on the rich legacy associated with NAIR. Established in 1952 and operating from the historic Pratap Vilas Palace in Vadodara, NAIR has been at the forefront, offering foundation and induction training programs for Group-A officers opting for a career in the railways.
NAIR’s Role Over the Years
Over the decades, NAIR, formerly known as the Railway Staff College, has played a pivotal role in shaping the careers of railway officers. Its comprehensive training programs have been instrumental in preparing officers to navigate the diverse challenges within the railway sector. The transition raises questions about how GSV will carry forward this legacy and uphold the high standards set by NAIR.
As GSV assumes control of NAIR’s assets, the focus will be on evaluating how this transition impacts the quality of training and coordination between the two institutions. This strategic move aligns with the broader vision of the Gati Shakti initiative, emphasizing the integration of resources for more efficient and streamlined operations in the railway sector.