India’s first national aviation university soon
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 06:32

If everything goes as planned, the nation will soon have its first national aviation university. The Centre would seek Parliament’s nod during the monsoon session beginning next month for the university scheduled to come up in Rae Bareli, the Lok Sabha constituency of Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

The law ministry has already endorsed the civil aviation ministry’s draft bill for the university, to be named after former prime minister, the late Rajiv Gandhi.

“Despite existence of a large number of private institutions in India that provide aviation education and training, there is a general consensus among stakeholders that the number of programmes offered, depth of course content and existing infrastructure facilities are not sufficient to meet the industry requirements,” the civil aviation ministry stated in its note.

The National Aviation University (NAU) would train technical personnel, including engineers, and impart all aviation-related skills to its students.

There would be a requirement of close to three million trained personnel in the Indian aviation sector over the next decade, according to independent estimates.

“The proposal for creating an institution for the country’s civil aviation sector should be done in the form of a central university for specialisation in aviation,” the law ministry stated in its note, supporting the move.


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