On Wednesday, the Lok Sabha approved a measure that aims to transform the National Rail and Transportation University, a deemed institution of higher learning, into Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya, an independent Central University managed by the Ministry of Railways.
In response to the discussion of the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill 2022 in the Lok Sabha, Union Minister for Education and Skill Development Dharmendra Pradhan stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi always works with a vision for the future and that, under his leadership, a future-ready workforce to embrace the fourth industrial revolution and challenges of the 21st century are being prepared. He also discussed the initiatives being done to make India independent in cutting-edge technologies.
Pradhan discussed the changes that are occurring in the infrastructure and transportation sectors, such as the roads, railroads, shipping, and aviation.
According to him, the expansion of the transportation industry, the construction of airports in smaller locations all throughout the country, and the rise in air travel are all signs of Indians’ aspirations.
According to the minister, the changes occurring in the transportation industry necessitate the creation of an organisation that will create a knowledge repository, carry out research, compile best practises, promote skill development, work on capacity building, and support the expansion of the transport industries.
Additionally, he stated that in order for students of the future to succeed in the infrastructure sector, they would need to learn about the environment, business, and social sciences in addition to STEM, and that a top-tier, multi-disciplinary, multi-dimensional futuristic institution known as Gati Shakti University has been envisaged.