About Us

National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR) is the apex centralized training institute of Indian Railways. The Academy, headed by Director General, is extensively engaged in training of Railway Officers selected through UPSC, right from their Induction to higher level functionaries. The Academy also offers training to executives of PSUs/Private Organizations and Foreign Nationals.

There are 07 other Centralized Training Institutes which are under the administrative control of NAIR and are engaged in mull-disciplinary training of Railway Officers as well as outside. The Academy is committed towards building an effective, efficient, responsive and accountable Railway service characterized by integrity in thought and action.

The Academy has been awarded with the prestigious ‘Golden Peacock National Training Award’ for the year 2019 and earlier in the year 1998 in recognition to excellence in training practices as a whole. The lush-green campus is IGBC Green Certified.

The Academy is ISO certified in the areas of Quality Management System and Environmental Management System. The Academy is also OHSAS certified in the area of Occupational Health and Safety Management System. The Academy has also been certified with IGBC Green Certification of ‘Certified’ certification level under ‘IGBC Green Campus’ rating system.

History & Heritage :

Indian Railways has a long history of 169 years of its first operation and service to the nation. Human capital is the most important asset of an organization. Training in the most righteous and strategical way for a well- equipped Human Resource has always served to be one of the key deciding factors in the growth of Indian Railways. NAIR, having its original first operational history of 98 years (1925) and with its foundation history of 72 years (1952) at present location, has been playing a vital role in training horizon of Indian Railways.

National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR) or Railway Staff College (RSC) as the Academy was then known, was established on the recommendations of the Acworth Committee at Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India in 1930 in 205 acres of wooded land. Soon, dismissed as an expensive luxury, RSC was closed down and sold off to the Army, in 1932, for the Indian Military Academy(IMA). RSC was re-established in 1952, in one of the Gaekwads’ many palaces in Baroda, Gujarat.

Built in renaissance style by Maharaja Sayajirao from 1908 to 1914, the Pratap Vilas Palace was designed by C.F Stevens. Completed at the cost of Rs.8 lakh and devoid of much ornamentation, the Palace presents itself as a grand edifice. Spread over nearly 43.5 acres of lush green forest and lawns, the campus echoes with calls of peacocks and other birds.

After independence, the Bombay Province had taken over these premises on lease on 31st January 1949 and given to Indian Railways for its use. Subsequently, the Railway purchased this building on 6th January 1964 at a value of Rs.24,38,271/-.

Generations of Railway officers have begun their career journey through the lofty portals of the now more than century old palace, with a unique history of its own and many tell stories. The Palace, Auditorium, Model Room, Badminton and Tennis Courts etc. are part of our sacred folklore.

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Our Mission :

‘Excellence in Executive Training’ forms the core mission of our Academy. National Academy of Indian Railways moulds a probationer to a responsible officer. The zeal and enthusiasm in training Railway officers by organizing various training programmes relevant to their field working hones and sharpens their managerial skills thereby contributing to the fulfillment of organizational goals. The intrinsic values of adaptive learning, talent nurturing, constant mechanism of Learn-Teach-Learn, and team spirit guide the mission of the Academy to produce world-class managers and become an institute of excellence in the field of managerial development.

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