Education Current Affairs - 2019
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On 15 December 2018, Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has dedicated India’s first railway university to the Nation in Vadodara. The Railway University will be first of its kind institution in the nation and the third in the world after Russia and China.
- It is named as the National Rail and Transportation Institution (NRTI).
- It will be a deemed university which will offer professional courses in technology and management of transportation networks.
- The chairman of Railways Board Sh. Ashok Lohani has been named the Vice Chancellor of the University
- It will host visiting faculty from renowned institutions like XLRI School of Management and Indian Business School, Hyderabad and others.
The National Rail and Transportation Institution (NRTI) started its operation on September 5 earlier this year. The first batch of the university has already been shortlisted and consists of 103 students – 62 for BSc in Transportation Technology and 41 in BBA in Transportation Management. Both the courses are the flagship three-year programmes offered by the university.
The first batch of students has been awarded 50 per cent scholarship in the yearly course fee of Rs 75,000. The actual annual fee of NRTI for one year is Rs 91,000, including all other charges.
There are plans to start Master Degree programmes from the academic session 2019-20 in Transportation and Systems Design, Transport Systems Engineering, Transport Policy and Economics, and others.
The Railways Ministry has sanctioned Rs 421 crore for the NRTI and its curriculum development for the next five years. A greenfield campus is also under development for the university. Indian Railways has identified a 110-acre plot of land for the NRTI campus at Pipaliya village in Waghodiya Taluka, District Vadodara
European Union (EU) has established India’s first Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (CoE) at Department of European Studies (DES) at Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) in New Delhi. It comes with grant of €1,00,000 to pursue India-EU interdisciplinary studies in culture, literature, education and society.
This is for fifth time MAHE has been awarded grants under Erasmus+Jean Monnet initiative. Previous grants have been used for chair, modules and project. Under the present award, Jean Monnet CoE in India-EU Interdisciplinary Studies aims to strengthen and enhance the educational connect between India and EU. It will host open-to-public workshops on European literature, winter schools for students around the world and India-EU Higher Education Meet.
He was French political economist and diplomat. He was influential supporter of European unity and is considered as one of founding fathers of European Union. He also has been called “The Father of Europe” by those who see his innovative and pioneering efforts in the 1950s as the key to establishing the European Coal and Steel Community, the predecessor of today’s European Union. He was never elected to public office.