GS Paper - 2 (Polity)

Parliament passed a bill to convert the National Rail and Transportation University, a deemed-to-be university, into Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya, an autonomous central institution. The bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha by a voice vote. It was cleared by the Lok Sabha last week, also by a voice vote.

More about the bill

  1. The Bill seeks to expand the scope of the deemed university from beyond the railways to cover the entire transport sector to support the ambitious growth and modernisation in the field as announced in the Union Budget this year.
  2. The Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya would be a multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional institute and the first Central University after the rollout of the National Education Policy.
  3. The plan is to unify different departments to create a new infrastructure where various transport sector elements — railways, road, waterways, aviation and port along with information and technology — will coordinate with each other on the platform of Gati Shakti Mission.
  4. The establishment of the Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya would address the need of talent in the strategically important and expanding transportation sector and meet the demand for trained talent to fuel the growth and expansion of the sector.
  5. The focus of the institute would be on five major aspects — transport-focused courses, skill development, applied research, technology development and transport economics and infrastructure financing.
  6. It seeks to incorporate infrastructure schemes of various Ministries and State governments such as Bharatmala, Sagarmala, inland waterways, dry and land ports.