Railway varsity likely to start at temporary campus in MSU

The Railway Ministry is planning to use the premises of Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) in Vadodara as temporary campus for the country's first Railway University, local BJP MP Ranjan Bhatt said.

A special officer, appointed by the Railway Ministry, recently met state Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma in Gandhinagar and received the government's nod to utilise the MSU campus for a temporary period, she said.

B.tech and M.Tech courses will be offered in this university and all efforts are on to start it in June this year, Bhatt said, adding the special officer also discussed the proposal with Vice Chancellor of MSU, Professor Parimal Vyas.

The MP along with city mayor, Bharat Dangar, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on March 16 to discuss the prospects of opening the university here.

"We held a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and later with Railway minister Suresh Prabhu. Both of them evinced interest in opening the university in Vadodara," she told PTI.

In Rail Budget 2016-17, it was announced that a full-fledged Railway University will soon be set up in Gujarat.