The Academy was originally founded in 1930 at Dehradun. However it was soon closed down and the infrastructure used to establish Indian Military Academy. The National Academy of Indian Railways, formerly known as Railway Staff College was then setup at its present regal sylvan surroundings at Vadodara, in 1952. It is housed in the Pratap Vilas Palace (built in 1914 AD) surrounded by lush green lawns and designed by C.F. Stevens in the renaissance style. The property comprising of 55 acres of garden and wooded land, enlivened by the calls of peacocks and migratory birds, was purchased from the Gaikwads (erstwhile rulers) of Vadodara.
Role of National Academy of Indian Railways
Railways in India, an important segment of the country’s transport infrastructure, were started about 160 years ago. Keeping pace with changing times the railways have a competent, hard working and skilled workforce of about 1.3 million with tremendous potential to excel in almost all professional areas.
An efficient transport infrastructure is a crucial asset for social and economic development of a country, personnel mobility for work, study and leisure as also efficient and economical distribution of resources and produce are the essential requirements of modern day living.
Human resource is the most important resource of any organization whose efficiency determine success. Therefore, development of this resource is of prime concern for Indian Railways.
National Academy of Indian Railways acts as a FRIEND, PHILOSOPHER and GUIDE of the Railway Officers in their appreciation of this huge Indian Railways Organisation so that they can play a positive role in bringing about improvement, to keep pace with the changing environment.
As the alma mater the National Academy of Indian Railways , Vadodara functions as the apex training institute for the officers of all departments of Indian Railways in general and Accounts, Personnel, Stores and Medical departments in particular.