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Foreign collaboration for IGRUA sought

india Updated: Feb 10, 2007 20:57 IST
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The first initiative of the Central government to run Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Udan Academy (IGRUA), in Fursatganj, Rae Bareli, in collaboration with Canada's reputed institution of aviation CAE, has failed. The Civil Aviation Ministry is now seeking foreign collaboration for IGRUA from the US, Britain, Belgium, Canada, and Australia.

According to IGRUA management, this time they have sought collaboration from 23 aviation companies, including  Flight Safety Academy, Air Safety Academy, PANAM Airlines (all USA), Oxford Aviation Training Centre and Atlantic Flight (Britain), Toronto Airways ( Canada), Australian National Air College and Queensland Aerospace ( Australia) and Sabina Airlines (Belgium). However, the academy officials feel it may take a few months to get the collaboration of private institutions.

The IGRUA was established as an autonomous body two decades ago by late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The academy, with assets worth Rs 600 crore, decided on upgradation with the consent of the Central government and sought collaboration from the aviation training institutes of Canada, Sweden and US.

The CAE of Canada showed interest in 49 per cent participation but put up hard conditions, like doubling the fee for the present Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), total control of IGRUA administration and Indian government bearing the burden of the employees. This company also put the condition that rules be changed and ground simulator training hours be added to the training hours.

Ground training hours are not added in India as per the prevailing rules. What is more, the academy felt it would be difficult to get trainees after hike in the fees. Hence the first initiative to seek foreign collaboration for IGRUA came to a nought. Now the management has made a fresh attempt to seek private collaboration.