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.
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.