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Indian government considers setting up Rail University

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Indian passengers travel in a over crowded local train at Ballygunge station in Calcutta, eastern India on 08 July 2014. Indian Railways is to request government permission for private investment, both domestic and foreign, to help expansion and improve safety and amenities, a minister said 08 July 2014. Indian Railways, currently operated and financed almost entirely by the state, runs over 12,000 trains carrying 23 million passengers and freight daily.  NEW DELHI, July 10 — The Indian government is considering setting up a rail university offering both technical and non-technical subjects, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda said when presenting the 2014-2015 rail budget in Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) on Tuesday that railways could tie up with technical institutions to provide rail courses and skills development.

“Railway staff at ground level could be sent to undertake short courses in technical and non-technical subjects involving local institutions,” he said.

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Gowda further said training in specialised areas may be provided to all levels of railway staff and officers at local institutions and abroad.

Indian Railways is also set to request government permission for private investment, both domestic and foreign, to help expansion and improve safety and amenities.

Indian Railways, currently operated and financed almost entirely by the state, runs over 12,000 trains carrying 23 million passengers and freight daily.

–Agencies