1st Railway University in World – First Railway University in India

1st Railway University in World – First Railway University in India

Railway University – India’s First National Rail and Transportation University at Vadodara

India’s First National Rail and Transportation University at Vadodara-Rail University

Cabinet approves Establishing India’s First National Rail and Transportation University at Vadodara-Rail University

Indian Railways on the path of modernization through widespread technological and infrastructure upgradation.

Contribute to ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ and help generate large scale employment

Foster innovative entrepreneurship and support start-up India initiative

Use of latest pedagogy and technology applications: Envisioned to be a best-in-class institute which will use latest pedagogy and technology applications to provide high-quality education and training.

India will emerge as a global leader in transportation sector through cutting edge technology and skilled manpower.

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Ministry of Railways’ transformative initiative to set up the first ever National Rail and Transport University (NRTU) in Vadodara to skill its human resources and build capability. This innovative idea, inspired by the Prime Minister, will be a catalyst for transformation of rail and transport sector towards New India.

The University will be set up as a Deemed to Be University under de novo category as per the UGC [Institutions Deemed to be Universities] Regulations, 2016. Government is working towards completing all approvals by April 2018 and to launch the first academic program in July 2018.

A not-for-profit Company under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013 will be created by the Ministry of Railways which shall be the Managing Company of the proposed university. The company will provide financial and infrastructural support to the university, and appoint Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor of the university. Board of Management, comprising professionals and academics, shall be independent of the Managing Company with full autonomy to perform its academic and administrative responsibilities.

Existing land and infrastructure at National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR) at Vadodara, Gujarat will be utilized, and suitably modified and modernized for the purpose of the university. In its full enrolment, it is expected to have 3000 full time students. The funding of the new University/Institute is to entirely come from Ministry of Railways.

This university will set Indian Railways on the path of modernisation and help India become a global leader in transport sector by enhancing productivity and promoting ‘Make in India’. It will create a resource pool of skilled manpower and leverage state-of-the-art technology to provide better safety, speed and service in Indian Railways. It will support ‘Startup India’ and ‘Skill India’ by channeling technology and delivering knowhow, and foster entrepreneurship, generating large scale employment opportunities. This will lead to transformation of railway and transportation sector and enable faster movement of people and goods. Through global partnerships and accessing cutting edge technologies, India will emerge as a global centre of expertise.

The university plans to use latest pedagogy and technology applications (satellite based tracking, Radio Frequency Identification and Artificial Intelligence) to improve on-the-job performance and productivity. Close collaboration with the Indian Railways will ensure that the stakeholders have access to Railways’ facilities, which will work as ‘live labs’ and they will be able to work on solving real life problems. It will have ‘Centres of Excellence’ showcasing high-end, niche technology like High Speed Train.


Government of India has taken a very important decision whose impact will be felt through the next century and the decision is that country’s first railway university will be constructed in Vadodara” – Hon’ble Prime Minister speaking about rail university in Vadodara in October, 2016.

As Indian Railways is set to embark on ambitious projects such as High Speed Trains (popularly known as bullet train), massive infrastructure modernisation, Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs), highest focus on safety etc., Indian Railways will require high level of proficiency and skills. Further, factors such as unprecedented growth in the transportation sector in India, increased requirement of qualified manpower and upgradation of skills and capability required to drive the transformation of Indian Railways have necessitated a world-class training hub.

Railway University Admission – National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR)

Seat Allotment and Guidelines – Railway University


  1. For each MDP & BFP course, quota of seats for participants from Zonal Railways and PUs are fixed as below:
MDP 2 2 1
BFP 3 2 1

May kindly nominate officers only as per the above quota so as to ensure proper utilization of available capacity as also to avoid inconvenience.

  1. For other courses, interested officers may please be nominated and advice sent to concerned Course Director well in advance. While sending the nomination details of the nominated officers like their designation, place of posting and contact number may also please be advised so that the nominated officers can be contacted.
  1. Sometimes due to unavoidable reasons the courses mentioned in the Calendar have to be re‐scheduled/cancelled; therefore, nominated officers should be advised to check the NAIR website a week before starting date of the course to ascertain the status of the courses which they were going to attend.
  1. Participants arriving late or in excess of allotted seats or of inadequate seniority may be sent back.
  1. Generally JAG and above officers are given single occupancy rooms. JS, SS officers are accommodated on twin sharing basis.
  1. The Policy regarding family accommodation is available at the NAIR website.
  1. Officers should be advised to bring their sports‐gear and swimming costume to avail themselves of the various sports facilities available at NAIR.
  1. Typically, Vadodara has a hot and humid climate. However, from November to February one may need light woolen clothing.
  1. Trainees are required to make payments for mess charges preferably through Debit/Credit Card.
  1. Nominations for Seminar/Workshop should not be done by Zonal Railways and PUs as the same will be done by NAIR.

Eligibility Criteria

Code Program Name Eligibility
SMP Strategic Management Program for CMDs Nomination by Railway Board
AMP Advanced Management Program Nomination by Railway Board
MDP Management Development Program 6‐8 years in Gr’A’ and due for promotion to JAG
BFP Gr ‘B’ Foundation Program Gr ‘B’ Officers immediately after promotion in Gr. ‘B’
BIP Gr ‘B’ Induction Program (For Accounts, Personnel, Stores, AHO, APHOs & Nursing Officer) Gr ‘B’ Officers within 1 Yr. of promotion to Gr ‘B’ post & after completing BFP
AIP Gr ‘A’ Induction Program Gr ‘A’ Officers (after completing AFP)
AFP Gr ‘A’ Foundation Program Probationers recruited through UPSC

Project Scheme


Participants of MDP and BFP courses undertake project work and submit a report. These reports have helped Indian Railways in harnessing experience‐backed knowledge for improving productivity of various assets. The participants can support our efforts by bringing field problems or critical issues with related data for further in depth study.

Best Projects are awarded the MR’s medal and a Cash Award of Rs. 5000/‐ and Rs. 3000/‐ for each Member of the project group in MDP and BFP respectively. Synopsis of all the Projects and full reports of the projects for the year 2001 onwards can be viewed at


AMP Participants shall be required to make theme presentations in groups on topics provided to them. These themes shall be pursued further during their duration of training at ICLIF/INSEAD as well.

Information about the courses

AFP (Group ‘A’ Foundation Programme)

The Group ‘A’ Foundation Programme is conducted for newly recruited Group ‘A’ probationary officers of different Railway Services. The objective is to familiarize the probationary officers at the beginning of their career with the system of railway working, developing team working, build camaraderie and instill in a sense of discipline, dedication and pride. The extensive training programme includes classroom lectures, field visits and extra curricular activities.

AIP (Group ‘A’ Induction Programme)

The Group ‘A’ Induction Programme is conducted towards the end of probation period i.e. before joining the working post. The objective of this course is to weave together various modules of training undergone by them and to equip them with relevant skills and knowledge for taking up a working post. The pedagogy includes classroom sessions, field visits, mock drills an extra curricular activities.

BFP (Group ‘B’ Foundation Programme)

This course is meant for Group ‘B’ officers immediately on promotion from Group ‘C’. The course objective is to give bird’s eye view of the variety of activities and function of all departments, developing team working, ethos, understanding basic management concepts etc. The course is not meant for imparting in‐depth knowledge into various functional areas, for which various function related courses are available.

MDP (Management Development Programme)

This is a course for officers who are due for promotion to Junior Administrative Grade. The course objective is to impart managerial perspective and effectiveness involving coordination and team approach for taking up role of branch officers. It is meant to impart insight into management of technology, managerial behavioural and competencies needed for handling Tenders & Contracts, DAR etc. The course is not meant for imparting in‐depth knowledge into various functional areas, for which various function related courses are available.

AMP (Advanced Management Programme)

This course is for the officers who are due for promotion to Senior Administrative Grade. Currently it has 4 weeks module out of which 2 weeks training is at NAIR/BRC and one week at INSEAD/ Singapore as also one week at ICLIF/ Malaysia. The course objective is to impart managerial perspective of policy making, effectiveness involving coordination and team working and understanding of challenges faced by Indian Railways.


The slots for Seminars/Workshop have been identified in Calendar. However, the subject for Seminar/Workshop will be finalized later and nominations will be called for accordingly.

Quality Policy

“We all, at National Academy of Indian Railways, commit ourselves to achieve “Excellence in Training Railway Managers’ to accomplish corporate objectives of Indian Railways.

We are also committed to a continual improvement in quality through comprehensive periodic reviews within the frame work of ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems.”

About us

The Alma mater of Indian Railway officers – National Academy of Indian Railways Vadodara was originally established in 1930 at Dehradun and subsequently relocated at its present site on January 31, 1952.

The local point of National Academy of Indian Railways is Pratap Vilas Palace of the Gaewads– the former rulers of Baroda. The sprawling campus of 55 acres has beautiful gardens and woods.

The training is imparted through interactive sessions in well‐equipped classrooms/lecture halls/model rooms.

Cubrary building has faculty offices, the Library and the Computer Center. A rich collection of Railway related material, general books and periodicals, and multimedia is available in the library. State‐of‐the art LAN, Wen servers and computers provide access to worldwide information resources.

“Abhivyakti” is a widely acclaimed half yearly journal of National Academy of Indian Railways, which helps in generating debate and spreading information about contemporary concerns.

A 250 seater AC auditorium and a large recreation room is the center attraction after a busy day.

Guest officers are housed in well‐furnished single/double occupancy rooms. Officers mess ‘Annapurna’ can accommodate upto 180 guests at any time.

The two Tennis Courts, five indoor badminton courts and the Squash court, outdoor Basket Ball and Volley Ball courts and a modern Gymnasium help in achieving physical fitness for all age groups. Indoor facilities for Billiards, Table Tennis, Carom and Chess enthusiasts are a permanent attraction.

A self‐contained Health Unit with a resident doctor provides medical support as required. The NAIR Health unit is backed by Western Railway’s Divisional Hospital at Pratap Nagar.

National Academy of Indian Railways WEB presence

Our Railnet website: provides information relating to Railway Codes and Manuals, reading material for Foundation Programme, website links of other Indian Railways and other National and International Premier educational institutions.

Faculty Members

Name Shri/Smt./Ms. Designation Mobile
R. C. Agrawal Director General 97250 24421
K. L. Dixit Dy. Director General 99740 94047
Faculty Members
Shailendra N. Jaiswal Sr.Proff. (Management) 99740 03522
Hemant Godbole Sr.Proff. (Finance Mgt.) 99740 03513
V. K. Saxena Sr.Proff. (Mech. Engg.) 99740 03514
A. K. Shrivastav Sr.Proff. (S & T Engg.) 99740 03521
Atul Gupta Sr.Proff. (Materials Mgt.) 99740 03516
S.S. Kalra Sr.Proff. (Civil Engg.) 99740 03520
Dr. A Prakash Sr.Proff. (Health Mgt.) 99740 03515
Pravin Parmar Sr.Proff. (Transportation Mgt.) 99740 03519
S. S. Srinivas Sr.Proff. (Organizational Behaviour) 99740 03517
Dr. S. K. Mitra Proff .(Health Mgt.) 96012 85939
Rakesh Rajpurohit Proff .(Inventory Mgt.) 96012 85943
Pramod Gadre Proff. (Elect. Engg.) 99740 03518
Kumar Manavendra Proff .(Finance & Investment) 96012 85945
Vijoy Kumar Singh Proff .(Comml. Mgt.) 96012 85937
Rajnish Kumar Proff .(IT )& Secy. to DG 96012 85941
Sunil Kumar Singh Proff .(Managment Services) 85110 62808
Binay Kumar Proff .(Network Mgt.) 96012 85942
Md. Faizal Proff .(Account Mgt.) 96012 85931
Proff. (Relations Mgt.) 96012 85935
R.S. Chhatwal Proff .(Safety Mgt.) 96012 85938
R. Subramaniam Proff .(Law Mgt.) 96012 85933
Hublal Jagan Proff .(Personnel Mgt.) 96012 85934
Suresh Chandra Proff .(Rajbhasha) 96012 85936
Mohandas P. Asst. Proff (Personnel Mgt.) 96012 85944
Other Officers
Dr. D. S. Tawar Addl.CMS 97240 91515
Nigam Prasad Asst. Library & Information Officer 96012 85940
P. Bhaskaran PPS to DG 96012 85932

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