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National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR)—erstwhile Railway Staff College, originally started in the year 1925 as a Transportation School, is the apex training institute of Indian Railways (IR). The Academy has been operating from the Pratap Vilas Palace situated in Vadodara city, the cultural capital of Gujarat state, since 31-Jan-1952. The lush-green campus of the Academy is IGBC certified as well as ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certified. The campus is spread over 43.5 acres (approx.) of lush green forest and lawns.

(Pratap Vilas Palace—Main Administrative Building of NAIR)

Every year, the Academy trains Probationary Officers of all the organized services of Indian Railways. Besides, various Management, Capacity building and functional programmes are organised to train Railway officers in different stages of their career. The Academy also organizes customized training programmes for non-Railway personnel like Executives of Public Sector Undertakings, Foreign Nationals and Private organisations.


The major training programmes being undertaken at the Academy are:


  • Foundation programmes for Probationary officers of all Group-A Railway services.
  • Induction programmes for Probationary officers of all Group-A Railway services.
  • Centralized training to Probationary officers of Group-A Indian Railway Personnel, Stores and Health services.
  • Foundation Programmes for Group-B Officers of all Railway departments.
  • Induction Programmes for Group-B Officers of Stores and Personnel departments of Indian Railways.
  • Training under ‘Strategic Leadership Programme’, ‘Strategic Management Programme’ and ‘Strategic Action Leadership Programmes’.
  • Advanced Management Programme (AMP) for senior-level in-service Railway officers.
  • Management Development Programme (MDP) for mid-level in-service Railway officers.
  • Functional courses specific to various departments of Indian Railways.
  • Training of Trainers.
  • Training programmes for foreign nationals under various schemes/tie-ups.
  • Training programmes for Non-Railway organizations.
  • Special Courses.
  • Seminars, Conferences, Workshops and Webinars.

The Academy delivers training in Classroom, Online and Blended modes, which is coordinated by a team of well qualified and experienced Members, who are Indian Railways’ officers posted under various functional Faculties at the Academy. Moreover, the Academy also has a repository of Visiting Lecturers who are Industry experienced persons, renowned Academicians and senior functionaries of Indian Railways.

(Well-furnished Lecture Halls, Conference Rooms and Auditorium)

The Academy has excellent infrastructure for conducting the training programmes. It has 4 well equipped modern class rooms with overall capacity of 270 persons, two hostel blocks to accommodate 316 trainees at a time and a mess hall for 240 persons. The Academy is also well equipped with Sports facilities like Badminton, Lawn Tennis, Basket Ball, Volleyball, Shotput, Billiards, Table Tennis, Gym, Yoga etc.

(Several Indoor and Outdoor Sports Facilities)

(one Multi-Cuisine Messing Facility)

(Two well equipped Hostel Blocks for the Accommodation of Trainees)

The Academy has a working model room with different classes of Railway stations, block instruments, signaling & telecom equipment and rolling stock. This is used by trainee officers for practical appreciation of Train working. Model room is frequently visited by students of engineering colleges, architecture colleges and universities as part of their academics. Model room has also been visited by many Ministers and other distinguished personalities.

(Working Model Room to explain Train operations, Railway stations, Signalling and Rolling Stock concepts)

The Academy has 07 other sister Centralized Training Institutes of Indian Railways for disciplines like Civil Engineering (IRICEN), Mechanical Engineering (IRIMEE), Electrical Engineering (IRIEEN), Signal & Telecom (IRISET), Transportation & Commercial (IRITM), Finance & Accounts (IRIFM) and Railway Security (JRRPFA).

The prestigious Golden Peacock National Training Award has been conferred upon to the Academy twice (1998 & 2019) in recognition to excellence in training practices as a whole. The Academy is always committed to train, equip and shape officers into new disciplines, challenges and systems to put forward Indian Railways at greater heights.


Source : National Academy of Indian Railways CMS Team Last Reviewed on: 25-03-2022  

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