New Delhi: India’s first ever aviation university, a government enterprise that aims to tackle the industry’s chronic talent shortage, will commence training of aspiring pilots, aircraft engineers and cabin crew in September 2014. The Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University at Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh will induct 1,000 students by 2018 and eventually more than 5,000, says the blueprint for the institution that ET reviewed. All flying schools in India will become affiliated and supervised by the university.
The bill to establish the university, which President Pranab Mukherjee has approved, was forwarded to the Lok Sabha Secretariat on Wednesday to introduce in the ongoing session of Parliament. The creation of the university, which the civil aviation ministry will control, is expected to address the shortage of skilled, managerial and operational personnel in aviation. Aviation consultancy Capa has estimated that up to 3.5 lakh skilled staff must be trained by 2020 to support the projected growth of Indian aviation.
16/08/13 Binoy Prabhakar/Economic Times