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National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR), Vadodara
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The National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR), Vadodara formerly Railway Staff College is a Centralised Training Institute for Group A and B Officers of Indian Railways (IR), headed by a Director General and manned by an faculty of experienced Railway Managers and Experts. Starting with the initial training of Officers Trainees inducted into all the 10 organised Group A Central Civil, Engineering and Medical Services that form the Management Cadre of Indian Railways, the Academy also conducts, mid-service mandatory or theme based in service Management Courses for all Officers of IR and courses for Officers of other Group A Central Services, Public Sector and Foreign Railways. The Academy is housed in the sprawling 55 acres campus of the Pratap Vilas Palace at Lalbaug, Vadodara.[1]


Sir William Acworth

The Indian Railway Committee was constituted in 1920, under the chairmanship of Sir William Mitchell Acworth, with 10 members including 3 Indians viz. V. S. Srinivasa Sastri (Elected Member of the Viceroy's Legislative Council), Purshottam Das Thakurdas (representing Indian Commercial Interests) and Sir Rajendra Nath Mookerjee. The committee recommended setting up a Railway Staff College which came up at Dehradun but soon closed down. Later the Indian Military Academy IMA came up on the same campus.

Maharaja Sayaji Rao III of Baroda

The Railway Staff College was re established in 1952 at Pratap Vilas Palace Vadodara built by Maharaja Sayaji Rao for his eldest son Fatehsing Rao. The Palace is adorned by exquisite carvings of Its construction was started on 15 February 1908 in the year when the last ruler of Baroda State, Pratapsingh Rao was born and his father Fatehsing Rao died. Named after Pratapsingh Rao, the palace was designed in the renaissance style by Charles F. Stevens, son of F.W. Stevens, the British architect who designed the Victoria Terminus in Mumbai. The palace complex is built in 55 acres (220,000 m2) of well laid out gardens and wooded land enlivened by the calls of peacocks and migratory birds and adorned by exquisite carvings of creepers, flowers, leaves, birds and animals and noted for its architectural grandeur highlighted with columns and arches. The palace, completed in 1914, also known as Lalbaugh Palace or Prince's Palace, was leased by the then Bombay Government on 31 January 1949 and given to the Railways for their use who subsequently purchased the property on 6 January 1964 for Rs 24,38,271.

Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai designed By F. W Stevens


Indian Railways employs over 1.25 million personnel including 15,000 group ‘A’ and group ‘B’ officers. The Academy is the apex institution for Management Training of all Railway Officers and Centralised & Professional Training for Officers of Accounts, Personnel, Stores and Medical departments including the centralized training of newly recruited IRAS, IRPS, IRSS and IRMS Trainee officers.

Nearly 100 courses for about 3800 officer trainees are planned in 2016. 120 courses were conducted in 2015.

Professional Training of all officers including centralized training of the Officer Trainees of Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Signal & Telecom Engineering, Traffic Transportation & Commercial Departments and the Railway Protection Force of Indian Railways is conducted at Seven other Centralised Training Institutes (CTIs) viz,[2]

The training of non-gazetted staff is conducted at 55 Main Training Centers and 222 Other Training Centers (i.e., Area Training Centers, Basic Training Centers, Divisional Training Centers, Multi Disciplinary Training Centers etc.[3]

The Academy[edit]

Shri Pradeep Kumar is the current Director General of the Academy. The faculty comprises 24 experts drawn from various disciplines i.e., Finance, HR, Management, Engineering, Law, Safety, Security, Medicine, Rajbhasha etc.[4]

Faculty of the Academy- See Academy website

The Academy along with all 7 other CTIs function under the administrative control of the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board).[5]

Training programmes[edit]

Centralized Training for IRAS, IRSS, IRPS & IRMS[edit]

The Academy is the ‘Centralised Training Institute’, for Officer Trainees assigned to ‘Indian Railway Accounts Service’, Indian Railway Personnel Service’, ‘Indian Railway Stores Service’ and Indian Railway Medical Service’ by UPSC. Training includes class room inputs, field training and visits to other CTIs. Officer Trainees of IRAS also attend short term Professional modules at National Academy of Audit and Accounts, Shimla, National Institute of Financial Management, Faridabad, National Academy of Direct Taxes Nagpur and Centralized Training Academy For Railway Accounts (C-TARA) Secunderabad, for discipline specific modules.

Foundation & Induction Programmes for Group A and B Officers[edit]

The Foundation and Induction are combined programme for Officer Trainees of 9 Organized Central Group A Civil & Engineering Services which manage Indian Railways. Shorter Foundation and Induction programmes are conducted separately for Officer Trainees of IRMS, the Organised Central Group A Medical Service which manages the health services on the Indian Railways Network. Foundation Programmes for recently promoted Group ‘B’ Officers of all departments provides an overview of Railways. Induction programmes are conducted for Group ‘B’ officers of Stores, Accounts and Personnel departments. Group B Officers of other departments attend induction courses at respective CTIs.

Mid Service Training[edit]

Offered in two formats 1. General inputs of interest to all Managers at various stages in their career. 2. Function or subject specific inputs only to relevant set of Managers.

Special Courses[edit]

Theme based short term courses on various topics such as Right to Information Act, Discipline & Appeal Rules, Vigilance, Labour Laws, Railway Safety, Hospital Management, Information Technology are conducted throughout the year.

BIMSTEC Training Program[edit]

An International Programme on ‘Costing & Pricing of Rail Transport Services’ is conducted every year for Executives of Railways and other Transport sectors from BIMSTEC & Mekong-Ganga Cooperation and allied countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam and India).


Seminars/Workshops conducted in the past year[6] Interactive Workshops on Project Management through Alternate Financing, Recruitment procedures for RRB Chairpersons, Good Governance Code for Station Managers Seminars on Enhancing Productivity on IR through IT Applications, Make in India for the World – Realizing export potential of Railway Products & services, and ‘Startups


Seminars, conferences, mock drill sessions, films, cultural functions etc. are organized regularly in the 250 seat auditorium known as ‘Sardar Patel Sabhagriha’.


The library at has about 53,000 titles on transport, economics, rail transport, psychology, management, law, finance, engineering, computer science, literature and more than 100 journals & government publications are subscribed including 5 e-Journals. The database of the library is available at NIC's (National Informatics Centre) e-Granthalaya portal in a cluster with four other CTIs’ (IRICEN, IRISET, IRIEEN, IRITM and RDSO. A knowledge portal has been built to aggregate most of the available knowledge on Indian Railways by linking websites, documents etc. The website of the Academy hosts important information like tenders, information for Guest officers, training schedule,[7] 2016- Training Calendar of NAIR.

Model Room[edit]

The Academy has a well equipped model room displaying various types of train operating and signaling systems in use on Indian Railways. Trainee Officers get a feel of practical train operations by running working models of trains under a simulated hands-on environment. Model room has working models of route relay interlocking, auxiliary warning system, automatic block signaling, train activated warning at level crossings, block proving by axle counters, 4 aspects automatic signal & data Logger etc. Souvenirs from the National Rail Museum New Delhi are displayed and are also available for sale to trainees.

Patiala State Monorail at National Railway Museum


The Academy publishes a newsletter Rail Parisar (Rail Campus) and the bilingual Abhivyakti (Expression)[8] which carries technical and literary articles by Faculty and alumni.


Mild weathering of the limestone facade of the century-old palace as a whole is evident but is severe in some locations. The interior has suffered from heavy use. Conservation efforts are being initiated. A heritage arcade with an indoor photo gallery has come up in the Palace Guard House at the main entrance. A renovated narrow gauge (2"6') passenger coach is on display next to the guard house.

A heritage walk is being planned for the citizens of Vadodara in the palace grounds in collaboration with the Vadodara Municipal Corporation.


Sports facilities includes badminton, tennis, squash basketball and volleyball courts, a swimming pool & sauna, a cricket and football ground, a gymnasium, a billiards and table tennis lounge, other indoor games and a small golfing green.

Atithi Hostel


The NAIR Officers Mess with two AC dining halls having a combined capacity of 400 is managed by a committee of officers on ‘no profit, no loss basis’.


The Academy has three hostels, with a capacity to accommodate about 200 officers in 170 air-conditioned rooms with rooms earmarked on ground floor for differently-abled officers.

Former Director Generals/Principals[edit]

P.C Bahl Principal 02.01.1952 10.03.1956
A.C. Mukherji Principal 26.04.1956 02.04.1958
A.V. D'Costa Principal 15.04.1958 01.04.1959
M.A. Rao Principal 06.08.1959 05.05.1980
S.S. Surana Principal 14.05.1960 09.05.1962
Hari Sinha Principal 14.05.1962 20.01.1963
A.C. Mukherji Principal 21.01.1963 19.01.1966
Hari Sinha Principal 20.01.1966 18.02.1967
A.S. Latif Principal 24.02.1967 03.04.1967
Rajendra Dev Principal 18.05.1967 03.01.1969
S.R. Gokhale Principal 16.11.1969 31.07.1975
O.D. Agnihotri Principal 22.03.1976 17.06.1977
K.S. Charyulu Principal 18.06.1977 31.10.1979
O.D. Agnihotri Principal 17.03.1980 13.10.1980
Inder Sahai Principal 19.01.1981 31.03.1984
T.S. Vardya Principal 04.04.1984 28.04.1985
A.K. Pant Principal 29.04.1985 27.10.1986
C.S. Christan Principal 28.10.1986 07.07.1987
J. Rajagopalachari Principal 08.07.1987 16.03.1988
B.V. Rama Rao Principal 27.03.1988 31.01.1990
B.P. Singh Principal 31.01.1990 31.01.1992
Hari Prakash Mittal Principal 06.04.1992 03.08.1992
Hasan Iqbal Principal 03.08.1992 14.08.1993
K Balasubramanian Principal 15.08.1983 28.07.1984
Rajendra Bhansali Principal 29.07.1994 30.11.1996
J.M. Ovasadi Principal 24.11.1997 31.02.1997
N. Krutivasan Principal 08.04.1997 29.08.1997
Chandra Bijlani Principal 29.08.1997 25.06.2000
Chandra Bijlani DG 26.06.2000 31.03.2002
Suresh Chandra Gupta DG 05.04.2002 31.05.2002
G.K. Garg DG 31.05.2002 30.06.2005
Smt. Shobhana Jain DG 07.07.2005 31.08.2008
A.K. Jhingron DG 09.09.2008 31.10.2008
Smt. Sowmya Raghavan DG 31.10.2008 29.11.2008
H.S. Pannu DG 29.11.2008 28.12.2008
A.K. Vohra DG 29.12.2009 25.08.2009
B.B. Moudgil DG 27.08.2009 24.11.2009
C.P. Verma DG 25.11.2009 29.07.2010
Niraj Kumar DG 29.07.2010 31.12.2012
Mahesh Kumar DG 01.01.2013 09.04.2013
Pramod Kumar DG 10.04.2013 31.12.2013
Mrs. R. Ravikumar DG 31.12.2013 14.10.2014
R.C. Agrawal DG 27.10.2014 31.11.2014
Hemant Kumar DG 01.12.2014 31.12.2014
S. Mookerjee DG 31.12.2014 30.09.2015
G.C. Agrawal DG 01.10.2015 12.04.2016
Rajeev Gupta DG 13.04.2016


  1. ^ "National Academy of Indian Managers and Managers and experts".
  2. ^ "National Academy of Indian Railways". pnr.meramaal.
  3. ^ "Training Institutes on Indian Railways".
  4. ^ "Faculty at NAIR".
  5. ^ "Management Services at IR".
  6. ^ "Annual Report NAIR 2015" (PDF).
  7. ^ "NAIR calendar".
  8. ^ "Abhivyakti".

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 22°16′50″N 73°12′01″E / 22.2806°N 73.2002°E / 22.2806; 73.2002