Facts for Prelims (FFP)
Context: Indian Railways’ Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya (GSV) Vadodara has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus to strengthen the Indian aviation sector.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics, and IT, who is also the First Chancellor of Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya.
About Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya (GSV)
It is a Central University established through an Act of Parliament in 2022. It replaces the National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI) and is sponsored by the Ministry of Railways. The Chancellor of GSV is the Union Minister of Railways. GSV is the first-of-its-kind university with a mandate to create high-quality talent for the transportation and logistics sectors. Its significance lies in fulfilling the objectives of the National Developmental Plans, including the PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan 2021 and National Logistics Policy 2022, covering railways, shipping, ports, highways, roads, waterways, and aviation.
It is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial aircraft and a leading producer of helicopters, defence, and space equipment. Airbus has recently partnered with Tata to establish a C295 aircraft facility in Vadodara, Gujarat, focusing on design, innovation, manufacturing, and development in India.