Lok Sabha passes Central Universities (Amendment), Bill 2022

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New Delhi: Lok Sabha on August 3, 2022, passed Central Universities (Amendment), Bill 2022 for conversion of the National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI), a Deemed to be University into Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya (GSV), a Central University.

Piloting the Bill. Union Minister for Education and Skill Development Dharmendra Pradhan spoke about the transformations taking place in the infrastructure and transport sectors including roads, railways, shipping, aviation etc.

He said that the growth of transport sectors, building of airports across nation in smaller cities and increasing air traffic is reflective of aspirations of the people of India. He said that the transformations taking place in the transport sector calls for building an institution to build a knowledge repository, conduct research, curate best practices, facilitate skill development, work on capacity building and facilitate the growth of transport sectors.

“The students of future would need to learn about environment, commerce, and social sciences, in addition to STEM to succeed in the infrastructure sector. Thus a world-class, multi-disciplinary, multi-dimensional futuristic institution called Gati Shakti University has been envisioned,” Pradhan said.

The Minister also spoke about the need to bring more and more youth in the mainstream education and skilling ecosystem in line with the vision of National Education Policy.

Maintaining that the government’s endeavour is to create a generation of job creators and not only job seekers, the Minister said, “A new work culture is being developed in India in which what will be promised, will be delivered. Gati Shakti is another example of that work culture,” (Press Release)

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