The aviation sector in India has been lying in tatters since the past many decades. In an age where other nations have progressed immensely in this field, India still lags behind in many aspects. The primary problematic areas are lack of academic education in the subject and the subsequent technical development in the field. The crisis has been plaguing the industry and dampening India’s prestige in the global aviation arena.
The need of the hour
The most urgent requirement lies in the proper education of the upcoming generation of aircraft engineers, technicians, pilots and cabin crew. The education of these budding aviation enthusiasts holds the key to a brighter prospect for the sector in the near future. Education which is on par with the global standards and industrial requirements is what ails the system and exactly what aforesaid students need to grow up further. The success of India’s grand aviation dreams can only be realized with the establishment of proper government aided universities and institutes where such budding talents are harvested with utmost care and diligence. Exquisitely trained and learned aviation professional qualified from the universities can make India’s dream happen in reality.
The government’s first step
The union government has recently taken up the matter serious and decided to boost the nation’s aviation sector. Hence they have decided to set up India’s maiden aviation university in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli. The university is scheduled to be named Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University in honour of the late prime minister of India. The institute is all set to start operation by September 2014 which will be entirely under the control of the ministry of civil aviation. The institute will strive towards the generated of qualified aviation engineers, pilots, mechanics, cabin crew and other aviation experts. The primary plan is to induct as many as 1000 students by the year 2018 and then proceed to induct almost 5000. An area of 26.35 acres near Fursatganj is affixed to be the site for the institute which is estimated to cost the government 202 crore rupees by 2019.
How will the aviation sector benefit?
The aviation sector is expected to benefit a lot from the introduction of India’s first aviation university. The university will not only provide academic education on aviation but also work for research, teaching, training, development and technological advancement in the sector. The intention to focus on upcoming subjects like aviation science and engineering, aviation management, aviation regulation and policy and many more are already on the radar. It is expected that the institute will be able to somewhat relieve the burden of the requirement of skilled technical, managerial and operational experts in the country at present.
What to expect in the future?
It is said that going as per the current trends, India will require more than 3.5 lakh skilled personnel in the aviation sector by 2020. It is hoped that more institutes like such come up in the near future in order to cope up with the required numbers. A single university won’t help the cause much as it is already evident. The aviation industry lacks a lot in terms of men and machine which needs to be addressed with immediate effect for which the government must strive with proper intent and determination.