As part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign, three city-based educational institutions have decided to adopt suburban Matunga railway station in a bid to convert it into a ‘world class station with the most modern facilities’.
“Ruia College, Podar College and Welingkar Institute have come together to adopt the Matunga station for the benefit of thousands of commuting students, people thronging the surrounding business district and local residents of Matunga,” WeSchool Group Director Dr. Uday Salunkhe said.
WeSchool refers to the Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, a business school with branches in Mumbai and Bengaluru.
Salunkhe said the aim of the project is to go beyond the basics and use thinking and intelligence gathering through pain-points of various stakeholders and collectively design a better user experience and space management.
“Transforming self-organisation and then society through collective wisdom and creating multiple customised solutions which are inclusive and humane is WeSchool’s connect with the nation’s vision of smart cities,” he said.
“In our mission to groom the citizens for future, educational institutes must focus on their role of providing the young students with skill-sets that will contribute to the national agenda as well as global business, as India’s share in the global business is expected to rise by several billions by 2020,” he said.
Matunga has some of the best educational institutes and with a population of nearly 70,000 students, can we not look at the possibility of turning this ecosystem into a student-centric university township that will nurture our global citizen leaders,” he said.