Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2022


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    Recently, the Lok Sabha passed the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill 2022 for conversion of the National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI).

    Key features of the Bill

    • Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya:  The Bill seeks to convert the National Rail and Transportation Institute, Vadodara (a deemed university) to the Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya, which will be a central university.  
      • The National Rail and Transportation Institute was declared a deemed university under the University Grants Commission Act, 1956.  The Vishwavidyalaya will be sponsored and funded by the central government through the Ministry of Railways.  
    • Scope of education: The Bill provides that Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya will take measures to provide quality teaching, research, and skill development in disciplines related to transportation, technology, and management.  If required, the University may also establish centres in India and abroad. 
      • The establishment of the Vishwavidyalaya will address the need of trained talent in the transportation sector.