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India to set up Railway University with the help of China

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]New Delhi: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and an Action Plan were signed between the Government of India and People’s Republic of China in enhancing Technical Cooperation in Railway Sector, at delegation level talks between the two countries here today. The MoU was signed in the presence of the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi and the visiting President of China, Xi Jinping. The Minister of Railways, Government of India, Shri D.V.Sadananda Gowda was especially present on the occasion. The signatories to the agreements were Chairman, Railway Board, Government of India, Shri Arunendra Kumar and Vice Minister & Administrator of National Railway Administration (NRA), China, Mr. Lu Dengfu. The potential cooperation areas mentioned in the MoU are; i) Training in heavy haul freight transportation, ii) Raising of speed of trains on existing routes, iii) Station redevelopment, iv) High speed rail and v) Setting up of Railway University. Following specific areas have been mentioned in Action Plan: (a)  Training in heavy haul transportation: A training programme has been finalised for 100 persons (20 persons per batch for total 5 batches) in the field of heavy haul transportation. (b) Speed raising on Existing Lines: Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore section has been identified for speed raising to 160 kmph with the cooperation of China. (c) Redevelopment of Railway Stations: Chinese side will conduct pre-feasibility of two stations with their financing and prepare a report indicating further course of cooperation. (d) Cooperation in High Speed rail: Chinese side will conduct project feasibility study and prepare a detailed project report with their financing of a section to be advised by Indian Railways. (e) Setting up of Railway University: Chinese experience of Rail Universities will be used for developing a Railway University in India. The MoU takes effect on the date of its signature by both parties and will remain in force for three years. List of Documents signed during the State Visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India
S.No Name of Agreement/MoU Indian Signatory Chinese Signatory Remarks
1 Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People`s Republic of China on Opening a New Route for Indian Pilgrimage (Kailash Mansarovar Yatra) to the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People`s Republic of China External Affairs MinisterSmt Sushma Swaraj Foreign MinisterMr. Wang Yi The MoU provides for conducting the annual Kailash Manasarovar Yatra through Nathula Pass in Sikkim addition to the existing Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand. The route through Nathula will augment the capacity and reduce the hardship and journey time enabling many more pilgrims in particular aged pilgrims to undertake the Yatra.
2 Memorandum of Understanding between Ministry of Railways of the Government of Republic of India and the Government of People’s Republic of China on strengthening cooperation in Railways Chairman, Railway BoardShri Arunendra Kumar Administrator, National Railway AdministrationMr. Lu Dongfu Under the MoU, both sides have agreed to enhance cooperation in the Railway sector in following areas: (i)speed-raising, (ii)studying feasibility of cooperation in High-Speed Railways, (iii)Heavy-Haul transportation training of Indian Railway personnel, (iv)Redevelopment of Railway stations, (v)setting up of a Railway University in India, etc.
3 Action Plan between Ministry of Railways of the Government of Republic of India and the National Railway Administration of the Government of People’s Republic of China on strengthening cooperation in Railways Chairman, Railway BoardShri Arunendra Kumar Administrator, National Railway AdministrationMr. Lu Dongfu It provides specific projects for cooperation in railway sector.
4 Five year Trade and Economic Development Plan between Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Government of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Commerce of the Government of the People’s Republic of China Minister of State (I/C) for Commerce and IndustrySmt. Nirmala Sitharaman Minister of CommerceMr. Gao Hucheng It lays down a medium term roadmap for promoting balanced and sustainable development of economic and trade relations between China and India, on the principle of equality and mutual benefit. The main objectives of the plan are : (i) reduction of bilateral trade imbalance; (ii) strengthen investment cooperation to realize US$ 20 billion investment from China in 5 years; (iii) a transparent, stable and investor friendly business environment; and (iv) enhanced cooperation between Chambers of Commerce and financial sectors.
5 Agreed Minutes of the Tenth Session of India-China Joint Economic Group Minister of State (I/C) for Commerce and IndustrySmt. Nirmala Sitharaman Minister of CommerceMr. Gao Hucheng The tenth Session of the India-China Joint Group on Economic Relations, Trade, Science and Technology (JEG) was held in Beijing on 2nd September 2014. Both sides held detailed discussions on issues to promote broad and deep bilateral trade and economic cooperation between India and China and agreed to undertake measures to achieve sustainable and balanced trade. Specific measures to enhance market access to Indian products such as agricultural, pharmaceutical and export of services will be expedited.
6 Agreement on Audio-Visual Co-production between The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Republic of India and the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of The People`s Republic of China Minister of State (I/C) for Information and BroadcastingShri Prakash Javadekar Minister, State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and TelevisionMr. Cai Fuchao The Agreement would enable the producers from both countries to get an opportunity to pool their creative, artistic, technical, financial and marketing resources to co-produce films. It would held Indian audio-visual products to gain greater market access.
7 Agreementbetween the Government of the Republic of Indiaand the Government of the People’s Republic of China On mutual administrative assistance and co-operation in Customs matters Chairperson,Central Board of Excise and Customs,Smt J.M.Shanti Sundharam Ambassador of China to India,Mr.Le Yucheng The Agreement will help in enhancing cooperation to fight trans-border economic crimes and custom offences through sharing of information. It would also facilitate trade through enhanced customs cooperation.
8 Memorandum of Understanding between Indian Space Research Organisation and China National Space Administration on Cooperation in the Peaceful use of Space Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation,Dr. K. Radhakrishnan Vice Administrator, China National Space Administration,Ms. Zhang Jianhua The MoU enables both sides to encourage exchange and cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes, including Research and development of scientific experiment satellites, remote sensing satellites and communications satellites.
9 Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China on Strengthening the Exchange and Cooperation between Cultural Institutions Secretary, Ministry of Culture,Shri Ravindra Singh Ambassador of China to India,Mr. Le Yucheng This MOU is intended to foster long-term collaboration between various cultural institutions of the two countries. These cultural institutions include museums, archaeological organizations and performing art centers.
10 Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between National Book Trust of the Republic of India and the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of The People`s Republic of China Director, National Book TrustDr. M. A. Sikandar Minister, State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and TelevisionMr. Cai Fuchao Both sides have agreed that China will participate in the New Delhi World Book Fair 2016 as the Guest of Honour Country. The Agreement will help provide greater access to their nationals of publications of the other side.
11 Work Plan on Drug Administration and CooperationBetween China Food and Drug Administration of the People’s Republic of ChinaAnd Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of the Republic of India Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Shri Lov Verma Ambassador of China to IndiaMr. Le Yucheng Under the work plan, the two sides will carry out cooperation in fields of drug standards, traditional medicine and drug testing, etc. Both sides will exchange delegations to enhance cooperation in this area.
12 Agreement on establishing Sister City relationship between Mumbai and Shanghai Mayor of MumbaiSmt. Snehal Ambekar Executive Vice Mayor of Shanghai, Mr. Tu Guangshao Establishes Sister-City relations between Mumbai and Shanghai. It will enhance people-to-people exchanges fostering greater mutual understanding.
13 Agreement on establishing Sister City relationship between Ahmedabad and Guangzhou(Signed in Gujarat) Municipal Commissioner, Ahmedabad Municipal CorporationDr. Guruprasad Mohapatra Mayor of Guangzhou, Mr. Chen Jianhua Establishes Sister-City relations between Ahmedabad and Guangzhou. It will enhance people-to-people exchanges fostering greater mutual understanding.
14 Agreement on establishing Sister Province/State relationship between Gujarat and Guangdong(Signed in Gujarat) Chief Secretary, Government of GujaratDr. Varesh Sinha Executive Vice Governer of Guangdong Province, Mr. Xu Shaohua Establishes Sister-Province/State relations between Gujarat and Guangdong. It will enhance people-to-people exchanges fostering greater mutual understanding.
15 Memorandum of Understanding between Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation and Beiqi Foton Motor Co.Ltd. on supporting the setting up of industrial parks in Maharashtra hief Executive Officer, Maharashtra Industrial Development CorporationShri Bhushan A. Gagrani Chief Executive Officer, Beiqi Futon Motor Co.Ltd. Mr.Wang Jinyu The MoU would lead to setting up of a 1250 acre Industrial Park near Pune, Maharashtra, providing cluster-type development and generation of employment for a large number of people.
16 Memorandum of Understanding between China Development Bank Corporation and iNDEXTb on supporting the setting up of industrial parks in Gujarat(Signed in Gujarat) Chairman, Industrial Extension Bureau, Gujarat Smt. Mamta Verma Vice President,China Development Bank, Mr. Zhao Xiaoyu The MoU would lead to setting up of Industrial Parks in Gujarat with the support of Chinese enterprises and provide a platform for cluster development and generate employment for a large number of people.
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Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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