Avi­a­tion Acad­emy gets a new cam­pus

In a bid to of­fer a whole­some train­ing fa­cil­ity for the avi­a­tion in­dus­try, IAA’s new cam­pus was in­au­gu­rated in Vas­ant Kunj, New Delhi, re­cently by P. Ashok Ga­jap­athi Raju, Union Min­is­ter for Civil Avi­a­tion.

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Union civil avi­a­tion min­is­ter P. Ashok Ga­jap­athi Raju in­au­gu­rated a new cam­pus of In­dian Avi­a­tion In­sti­tute (IAA) in New Delhi's Vas­ant Kunj area. Also present at the event was R. N. Choubey, Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion (MoCA); Dr. Gu­ruprasad Mo­ha­p­a­tra, Chair­man, Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia (AAI) and NIAMAR So­ci­ety and Ku­mar Ra­jesh Chan­dra, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Bureau of Civil avi­a­tion Se­cu­rity (BCAS). The acad­emy is a joint ven­ture by BCAS, AAI and Direc­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion. The new cam­pus is spread over 5.33 acres with state-of-the art green in­fra­struc­ture and fa­cil­i­ties. Raju con­grat­u­lated the fac­ulty for the new cam­pus and in­formed that around 110 crore ru­pees have been in­vested in the fa­cil­ity, tak­ing around three years to put it up. “Now, we ex­pect it to func­tion. Equal amount of money has been put through BICAS, DGCA and AAI each. I hope the new in­sti­tu­tion would pick up the old one,” he said.

Dr. Gu­ruprasad Mo­ha­p­a­tra, Chair­man, Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia and NIAMAR So­ci­ety, while ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, in­formed that In­dian Avi­a­tion Acad­emy was a pre­mier train­ing in­sti­tute of Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia, Direc­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion and Bureau of Civil Avi­a­tion. Prior to IAA, the in­sti­tute was known as the National In­sti­tute of Avi­a­tion Man­age­ment and Re­search (NIAMAR) and has been a pre­mier in­sti­tute in­volved in im­part­ing qual­ity train­ing in avi­a­tion sec­tor since 1988.

He added that civil avi­a­tion in­dus­try re­quired con­stant upgra­da­tion in ev­ery re­gard. “BCAS is a se­cu­rity ar­chi­tec­ture, and any in­ci­dent or hap­pen­ing in the world needs to be re­searched here and they have to be one step ahead of the prob­lem cre­ators. In or­der for the re­search to be done, it has to be trans­lated into ac­tion­able points and given out in time so that the se­cu­rity can ad­here to it. The same thing is needed for en­sur­ing safety in this sec­tor. Also for keep­ing air­ports mod­ern and in­fra­struc­ture go­ing, we need con­tin­u­ous up­da­tion. For re­search re­gard­ing all of this, train­ing and this kind of fa­cil­ity is re­quired.”

Con­grat­u­lat­ing the acad­emy, Choubey said, “I com­pli­ment the wis­dom and the fore­sight of the three wings of Civil Avi­a­tion—IAA, DGCA and BCAS—who thought and con­cep­tu­alised this par­tic­u­lar ini­tia­tive. The kind of growth that our avi­a­tion sec­tor is un­der­go­ing—20 per cent plus ev­ery year—it means we need 20 per cent more man­power ev­ery year. Now that’s a huge skilling de­mand which is there and is still un­met. And I hope this in­sti­tu­tion will pro­vide that. I would urge to the Di­rec­tor of this acad­emy to con­stantly in­ter­act with the var­i­ous sec­tors of civil avi­a­tion and find out what it is that they need and what kind of skill man­power de­vel­op­ment they have.” The acad­emy runs reg­u­lar train­ing pra­grammes in ar­eas of Air­port Op­er­a­tions and Avi­a­tion Safety, Air­port En­gi­neer­ing and Plan­ning, Air Cargo Man­age­ment, En­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns in Avi­a­tion, Reg­u­la­tory train­ings through DGCA, Se­cu­rity Train­ings through BCAS, In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Project Man­age­ment, Ma­te­rial Man­age­ment, Air­port Com­mer­cials, Fi­nance and Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment. In ad­di­tion, IAA of­fers in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised avi­a­tion ac­cred­ited pro­grammes to par­tic­i­pants from across the globe in co­op­er­a­tion with part­ners like In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion, IATA and Air­ports Coun­cil In­ter­na­tional. IAA ac­quired the full mem­ber­ship of ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS pro­gramme in 2016 and has de­vel­oped and val­i­dated two Stan­dard Train­ing Pack­ages (STPs).

P. Ashok Ga­jap­athi Raju Union Min­is­ter for Civil Avi­a­tion

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