Aviation Holds Student Interest Despite Covid-19

As stressed a sector it might be, the aviation industry has found hope among students wanting careers here. Despite the huge hit the airline industry and airports sector has taken, forcing pay and job cuts, aviation courses offered at the Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University (RGNAU) have received an encouraging response.

The two courses, a PG Diploma in Airport Operations and an Apprenticeship-based BMS Degree Programme in Aviation Services and Air Cargo, a collaborative programme of the Logistics Skill Council (LSC) in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh have found interest among students across the length and breath of India.

Logistics Sector Skill Council, (LSC) a society registered under the Societies Registration act, 1860 is a not for profit organization set up by Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) though National Skill Development Corporation of India (NSDC) and promoted by Confederation of Indian Industries Institute of Logistics (CII-IL), a Centre of Excellence in Logistics.

The LSC, has been set up by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship though National Skill Development Corporation of India (NSDC) and promoted by Confederation of Indian Industries Institute of Logistics with the aim to develop skill trained as well as up-skill the workforce in India and these courses were planned to align with the announcement that 100 additional airports will be developed in the country by 2024.

While presenting the Union Budget for 2020-21, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had allocated Rs. 1.7 trillion or $ 23.7 billion to support the country’s transport infrastructure.

The last Economic Survey states that the Airports Authority of India (AAI) manages 136 airports, while six others are Public-Private Partnerships (PPP). India is currently the world’s third-biggest domestic market for civil aviation. Durgapur in West Bengal, Shirdi in Maharashtra, Pakyong in Sikkim, Kannur in Kerala and Kalaburagi in Karnataka saw greenfield airports commence operations in 2019.

Selections for both under-graduate (UG) and post-graduate (PG) candidates at RGNAU will be on the basis of marks in class 12 and graduation respectively and online interviews. In view of challenges thrown up by the COVID-19 pandemic, the RGNAU academic and executive council’s has decided to cancel the written test for admissions for this year.

The Institution comes under the administrative control of Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), as a central university under an act of Parliament. Established by an Act of Parliament called the Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University Act, 2013, RGNAU is empowered to award Diploma, Degree, and Post Graduate Degrees in the field of civil aviation.

RGNAU acting Vice Chancellor Amber Dubey in an online post said he was pleasantly surprised to see that a whopping 64% of the applications received till August 29, 2020 were not from north India highlighting the pan-India appeal of RGNAU. “Shows that young Indians know that a massive recovery is underway in aviation and huge growth opportunities lie ahead for the bold and passionate,” he said.

The university is conducting a number of Executive Development Programmes (EDPs) and Management Development Programmes (MDPs) to provide updated knowledge for mid-level and senior aviation professionals already engaged in their professions. The bouquet of courses offered as part of the EDP/MDP framework have been tailored to suit the requirements of the Indian aviation industry while providing them with a certification that is globally accepted as a benchmark for their respective sectors/sub-sectors.

Captain Ramanujan T S, chief executive officer, Logistics Sector Skill Council, said, “The BMS aviation services programme has a construct of two-year theory study and one-year apprenticeship in the company. The responsibility of the Logistics Sector Skill Council is to create a complete curriculum, which is all industry-validated, create content for all subjects with industry experts, provide faculty and also to set the examination paper and assessment. We also facilitate the apprenticeship and placement for all the students.”

As per RGNAU’s website, the University offers a common theme of undertaking research on problems that the industry faces in all of the programmes it offers. The university claims to commit academic resources to resolve these business problems so as to not only provide business solutions, but also to stay relevant to the Indian aviation industry while realizing the trust reposed in it by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA).

The RGNAU academic and executive councils have also approved a 10% tuition fee waiver for women students. The last date for applications is September 10, 2020. Classes will begin October 4, 2020.

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Deputy Editor, AviatorsBuzz Aditya Anand in his nearly two decades of Journalism experience has tracked Aviation, Travel, and Hospitality closely and reported on it for major publications like The Hindu, Mumbai Mirror, and MIDDAY.