If everything goes as planned, the nation will soon have its first national aviation university. The Centre would seek Parliament’s nod during the monsoon session beginning next month for the university scheduled to come up in Rae Bareli, the Lok Sabha constituency of Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
The law ministry has already endorsed the civil aviation ministry’s draft bill for the university, to be named after former prime minister, the late Rajiv Gandhi.
The centre has sanctioned an initial amount of Rs 80 crore and around 26 acres of land for the university.
“Despite existence of a large number of private institutions in India that provide aviation education and training, there is a general consensus among stakeholders that the number of programmes offered, depth of course content and existing infrastructure facilities are not sufficient to meet the industry requirements,” the civil aviation ministry stated in its note.
“The proposal for creating an institution for the country’s civil aviation sector should be done in the form of a central university for specialisation in aviation,” the law ministry stated in its note, supporting the move.