India's first aviation university, a government enterprise that aims to tackle the industry's chronic talent shortage, will start training pilots, aircraft engineers and cabin crew in September 2014, reports India's Economic Times.
The Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University at Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh will enroll 1,000 students by 2018 and eventually more than 5,000, says the blueprint for the institution. All flying schools in India will become affiliated and supervised by the university.
The bill to establish the university, which Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has approved, has been forwarded to the Lok Sabha Secretariat 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, said the report.
Aviation consultancy Capa has estimated that up to 350,000 skilled staff must be trained by 2020 to support the projected growth of Indian aviation, said the government paper.
The university will facilitate and promote aviation studies, teaching, training, research and extension work with focus on emerging areas of studies such as aviation management, aviation regulation and policy, aviation science and engineering, transportation of dangerous goods and other related fields, according to the blueprint.
The university will be set on 26.35-acres with Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Udaan Academy for pilots at Fursatganj in Raebareli, 50 kilometres southwest of Lucknow. The cabinet has approved the creation of the university on July 11. The government has envisaged a project outlay of INR2.02 billion (US$32.7 million) for the institution until 2019.