Decreasing number of skilled workers is limiting growth in civil aviation

Bangalore: The aviation, nuclear technology and defence sectors, is expected to see an enormous growth in the coming years. However, the decreasing number of skilled professionals will hamper its growth, said a panel of experts during a discussion on IT applications in frontier technologies at the Bangalore IT.Biz 2010.
“The Indian Air Force (IAF) is short of 700 trained pilots. Now, t is acquiring 126 more fighter planes and 100 helicopters. But, where are the pilots for these new fighters? A similar situation prevails in the area of nuclear science,” said Sridhar Nadupali, managing director, Sankhya.
“The civil aviation industry which will be seeing a huge expansion will require 2,000 more pilots and 10,000 maintenance staff. Fulfilling these requirements will be difficult for the industry, which is already understaffed,” he added.
He also added that with multi-million dollar deals coming to India, the requirement for workforce will increase further and if we are not prepared for the same, we will not be able to deliver as per expectations.
Dr Vipin Chaudhary, chief executive officer of Computational Research Laboratories Limited, said that India has a long way to go in order to provide the right computing solutions to various developments in fields of aviation and defence.
30/10/10 Arun Dev/Daily News & Analysis

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