Money and a luxurious lifestyle are not necessarily the driving force for a significant number of youngsters in the Capital. Statistics available with the Indian Air Force (IAF) reveal that Delhi is the third state in the country producing the highest number of recruits. The men in blue are convinced that IAF is also an important option for generation next, despite glamorous options like MBA.
Inspired by this, for the first time, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has launched an ambitious drive in the Capital to recruit officers for the aeuronautical engineering branch. This two day long drive will be launched at Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology (NSIT) on Sunday.
“There has been a two percent rise in the number of youngsters showing their keenness for the IAF,” said an IAF officer. “In Delhi, 7.5% youth have applied for a career with us. The two top ranking states are Uttar Pardesh where 17.5% youngsters applied, followed by 7.6% in Andhra Pradesh.”
Despite the rosy picture painted by the IAF, experts point out the many cases in the past where students have consciously chosen not to be a part of the air force despite selection. This is because those from the engineering wing do not have the chance of going up the ladder and reaching the rank of the Air Chief.
“This is not applicable anymore. Qualified engineers can always fly aircraft and reach the higher ranks. Anyone from the engineering branch can also rise to the level of Air Officer Maintenance which is a rank lower than the air chief. Fact remains that we need someone with piloting skills to make strategic decisions and head the force,” countered the officer.
“For us, the most motivating factor to launch this project was the overwhelming response by IIT students last year, when they were allowed to do a short stint in the engineering wing,” he explained.
“We are hoping to recruit at least 125 male and female officers for July 2007 batch. The engineering final year students and graduate engineers can fill their application forms, appear for an hour long written exam the same day.
Thereafter, they will be evaluated in a group discussion and a picture perception test. We will had them their call letters. These students will have to appear before the selection board at Dehradun, Mysore and Varanasi in December and January. The recruitment process will begin from 9 am onwards.”
Students from Delhi College of Engineering (DCE) and other technical institutes in the Capital are expected to appear for this drive. The IAF had carried a similar fast track drive in the north east last year.