DPIIT and Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya forge alliance to boost India’s infrastructure and logistics sector

In a concerted effort to bolster the development goals outlined in the PM Gati Shakti initiative, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya (GSV) have united their efforts to enhance India’s infrastructure and logistics sectors. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was formally inked in the presence of Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Ashwini Vaishnaw.

The MoU, signed by Prof Manoj Choudhary, Vice-Chancellor of GSV, and E Srinivas, Joint Secretary of the Logistics Division at DPIIT, designates GSV as the central agency responsible for designing, developing, and delivering courses and curriculum related to the PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan (NMP) and National Logistics Policy (NLP) at various centers across different states in India. Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya (GSV), established in 2022, is a central university specializing in transport and logistics education, succeeding the former National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI).

Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal hailed this collaboration as a milestone in advancing structured specialized development and capacity building.

He emphasized GSV’s role in providing skill development and capacity building for logistics professionals, thereby formalizing the logistics sector.

This partnership is set to enhance the educational facet of the PM Gati Shakti strategy, resulting in more cost-effective logistics, streamlined operations, and a more competitive business environment.

Additionally, Union Minister for Railways, Communications, and Electronics and Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw, who also serves as the Chancellor of GSV, stressed the significance of an industry-focused and innovation-driven university. GSV will offer a range of courses covering railways, metros, and high-speed railways, with a focus on railway technology, rail-wheel interaction, thermodynamics, and signaling systems.

These specialized courses aim to equip students with the skills required for employment in advanced industries, with a target of training 15,000 students at GSV, ensuring their readiness for careers in the aviation sector and aligning Indian skill development with global standards.

The PM Gati Shakti program, launched on October 13, 2021, has evaluated over 100 significant projects during the current fiscal year, with a majority of them centered around roads, railways, and urban development. These projects encompass road investments totaling Rs 3.65 lakh crore, railway projects worth Rs 95,704 crore, and urban development initiatives amounting to Rs 79,016 crore.

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