In­dian Avi­a­tion Academy: Lack of skilled man­power

lack of skilled man­power

Cargo Talk - - Editorial - (The au­thor is the for­mer Di­rec­tor, In­dian Avi­a­tion Academy and for­mer Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor -Cargo and Air­port Di­rec­tor, Chen­nai Intl. Air­port, Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia)

The air cargo in­dus­try has a short­age of skilled man­power. Tra­di­tion­ally, the In­dian lo­gis­tics and air cargo in­dus­try re­lied on train­ing the em­ploy­ees on-the-job. The sit­u­a­tion is chang­ing now but the pace is yet to pick up.

it is heart­en­ing that many of our in­dus­try oper­a­tors have adopted well with the mod­ern sys­tems with col­lab­o­ra­tions from the im­port part­ner and ex­port­ing coun­ter­parts in other coun­tries. The oper­a­tors in other Asian coun­tries, Europe and Amer­i­cas are much more ad­vanced with mod­ern in­fra­struc­ture, tech­nol­ogy, state-of-art fa­cil­i­ties and highly skilled man­power.

There is a need for for­mal train­ing in dif­fer­ent pro­cesses of air cargo man­age­ment and lo­gis­tics in­dus­try in In­dia, if it has to keep pace with the fast-paced de­vel­op­ments else­where in the world. To­day, lo­gis­tics is not merely move­ment of goods. It has been re­placed by sup­ply-chain man­age­ment. It is lo­gis­tics, end to end.

Tech­nol­ogy has be­come an im­por­tant en­abler. It in­ter­faces at each stage of the move­ment of goods. It could, at the same time, be a hin­drance, if the or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved in sup­ply chain man­age­ment are not adept or pre­pared. To­day, ev­ery mar­ket oper­a­tion is on­line. The air cargo oper­a­tors are con­nected with the pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres. They have to act in real-time to meet the time­lines, be­ing an im­por­tant link in the dis­tri­bu­tion process en­com­pass­ing all modes of trans­port.

what should the in­dus­try do

Air­ports Coun­cil In­ter­na­tional (ACI) has pre­dicted doubling of air cargo move­ment i.e. ap­prox­i­mately 260 mil­lion met­ric tonnes by 2031. In­dia has seen just over 22 mil­lion met­ric tonnes in all its 127 air­ports and com­bined for do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional air cargo. In­dia is pre­dicted to be­come the third ma­jor econ­omy af­ter USA and China by mid-century. It has al­ready over­taken Ja­pan in pur­chase power par­ity. But just imag­ine the dif­fer­ence in the to­tal value of GDP 1.8 tril­lion com­pared to over 6 tril­lion dol­lars of China. All this means that there is a lot of po­ten­tial for growth of air cargo and lo­gis­tics and that sky is the limit.

So if we have to reach the re­quired vol­umes of the GDP, we have to think se­ri­ously. We ought to think of get­ting to­gether with the Uni­ver­si­ties, Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions to se­cure in­dus­try spe­cific cour­ses for their em­ploy­ees so that they can match the high­est stan­dards of knowl­edge and skills needed to per­form ef­fi­ciently in the sys­tem.

in­dian avi­a­tion academy

I had the priv­i­lege of head­ing the In­dian Avi­a­tion Academy as a Founder Di­rec­tor and de­velop the in­dus­try spe­cific train­ing cour­ses in di­verse avi­a­tion man­age­ment fields. The cour­ses in­cluded air-cargo man­age­ment, DGR (ba­sic and re­fresher) and AV-SEC air cargo.

The Academy is the first au­ton­o­mous or­gan­i­sa­tion of its kind in the coun­try, recog­nised by ICAO and IATA, ded­i­cated to ca­pac­ity build­ing in civil avi­a­tion sec­tor. It is jointly pro­moted by Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion and the Bureau of Civil Avi­a­tion Se­cu­rity. The academy is fully es­tab­lished with ap­prox­i­mately hun­dred train­ing pro­grammes from 3 days to 10 weeks in air­port op­er­a­tions, air cargo man­age­ment, DGR, air­port en­gi­neer­ing, commercial as­pects and gen­eral man­age­ment func­tions such as fi­nance and hu­man re­sources. ICAO in­ter­na­tional fel­low­ships are also held at the academy along with BCAS cour­ses in­clud­ing Avi­a­tion Se­cu­rity, Avi­a­tion Se­cu­rity Au­di­tors train­ings. Mean­while, IAA has been recog­nised in­ter­na­tion­ally. It has been hand­picked and awarded ‘In­ter­na­tional Arch of Europe’ for its ex­cep­tional achieve­ments in qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing in avi­a­tion.


Af­ter be­ing a part of air cargo and avi­a­tion in­dus­try for over 36 years, I think a lot is yet to be done in the area of pre­par­ing hu­man re­sources to meet the chal­lenges. There is no short cut to achiev­ing ef­fi­ciency. One has to take a holis­tic view of the hu­man re­source re­quire­ments and its de­vel­op­ment to shoul­der the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of oper­a­tion with ap­pro­pri­ate spe­cialised train­ing. ACAAI and FFFAI have de­voted con­sid­er­able ef­fort in this di­rec­tion and I am sure they are aware of its im­por­tance in meet­ing the chal­lenges and grow­ing their busi­ness.


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