Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu has launched the Indian Railway Knowledge Portal, www.kportal.indianrailways.gov.in, which has aggregated most of the available knowledge about Indian Railways in one place. The portal was launched through video-conferencing established between Rail Bhavan and NAIR at Vadodara in Gujarat. The portal features various subjects on Indian Railways, railway research and development, use of ICT in the railways, listing of railway journals, links to Indian Railways libraries, World Railways and so on. It has e-access to existing libraries of Railways, and all the libraries are being clustered to have a single interface through e-Granthalaya by NIC.
The portal also has links to social media pages of Indian Railway sites, fan clubs, heritage and rail museums and many more such sites. The National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR) is the alma mater for the officers of the Indian Railways, providing training to all levels of Indian Railways officers, from probationers to General Managers.
This initiative is in line with the “Digital India” campaign of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is also in line with the thinking of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu that the training and learning environment of Indian Railways be upgraded for the benefit of Railway personnel.
The Portal is mobile and tablet friendly and is easily navigable.It has been an in house effort of IT Faculty of the Academy with bare minimum cost for website development, about Rs 70,000.