India’s first Rail University all set to embark on it’s journey from Teachers’ Day (5th Sept 2018)

Pratap Vilas Palace in Vadodara has been earmarked by the Ministry of Railways for setting up of the National Rail and Transportation University. The premises and the infrastructure in the palace have been upgraded to suit the requirements of faculty and students including necessary lab-oriented facilities.

VADODARA: The National Rail and Transport University, NRTU is India’s first Rail University set up in Vadodara, Gujarat under the aegis of Indian Railways. The University would be commencing the classes for its first batch on Teachers’ day, Septemeber 5, 2018. NRTU would pave a way for various employment opportunities in Indian Railways. It would boost the Indian Railways by skilling the students and improving the productivity. The University is spread across 55 acres of campus. All the programs of the University are accredited by UGC and AICTE

The Rail University would start the first academic year from tomorrow with latest technology applications like- Radio frequency Identification, Artificial Intelligence and satellite-based tracking.The latest gizmos would help the students to improve the practical knowledge and performance. The main objective of the University is to foster entrepreneurship and generate large scale employment opportunities. It would help the youth in honing their skills to work in Indian Railways.

The University offers two multi disciplimary courses for Undergraduate students– B.S.C in Transport Technology and B.B.A in Transport Management.An aptitude test was conducted to admissions in NRTU. The students selected fall in the age limit of 25 years. The ministry of Railways created the University to help build human resource for Indian Railways. The admission process was started in August, 2018. And now it is all set to kickstart the first batch.

The Rail University has been set up to achieve, the vision of PMO’s Make in India, Skill India and Startup India schemes. Indian Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal said,” India’s first National Rail & Transportation University is set up to transform Indian railway and transport sector for a New India.”

The new university will function from the Pratap Vilas Palace of the erstwhile Gaekwad state which houses National Academy of Indian Railways. Both the institutions will run from this campus till the time a greenfield campus is set up by the Railways.

A separate hostel is already allotted to 17 girls and till now 103 students have been shortlisted for the undergraduate course.

Courses, syllabus, scholarships, eligibility criteria, other details

The university will primarily offer two courses, Bachelor of Science in Transportation Technology and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Transport Management.

Railway University: Courses offered

— BBA Transportation Management

— BSc Transportation Technology


BBA Transportation Management: The three-year undergraduate programme will help to train candidates with new avenues of management systems in the transportation sector. The programmes follow NRTI’s innovative undergraduate curriculum structure.

The curriculum has been divided into three parts

A. Domain knowledge

B. Multidisciplinary learning

C. Self-discovery and professional development

BSc Transportation Technology

The three-year programme designed to train the candidates on technology in the field of transportation. The courses will be distributed in semester systems and will follow NRTI’s curriculum structure of workshops/ laboratory/ studio work within the course.


The research centres of NRTI will study areas of rolling stock, signalling, and hyper-speed transportation, and provide better access to knowledge, technology, and skills, to spearhead projects, to improve competitiveness and productivity using cutting-edge technologies.

Railway University: Eligibility

BSc in Transportation Technology: The students should pass the Class 12 Science streams with a mandatory Mathematics or Statistics with a minimum 55 per cent marks (50 per cent for reserved category) can apply
are eligible to apply.

BBA in Transportation Management: The students need to clear from Class 12 Science streams with a mandatory Mathematics or Statistics with a minimum 55 per cent marks (50% for reserved category) can apply.

Course fees:

The students have to pay a course fee of Rs 91,075. Meanwhile, the university is providing 50 per cent scholarship on the tuition fees for the first batch of students.

NTA Aptitude Test: Format

  • Questions: 100 Multiple Choice Questions
  • English Proficiency (25 questions)
  • Reasoning & General Intelligence (30 questions)
  • Quantitative & Numerical Ability (25 questions)
  • General Awareness (20 questions)
  • One third of the marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Railway University: Selection process

The students were selected on the basis of NRTI aptitude test that was conducted on July 15. The selection process was conducted on the basis of NRTI Aptitude Test ranking.