Union Minister of Civil Aviation P Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated the country’s first Aviation Multi Skill Development Centre at Chandigarh Airport’s old terminal on Tuesday. The centre, which is a CSR initiative of Airports Authority of India (AAI), will initially train 2,360 students free of cost in three years.
The centre, which will train about 2,400 youths in eight aviation job functions over the next three years, has recently received a very enthusiastic response. “I would like to see many more such centres for aviation skill development to be set up across the country,” he said, adding that there has been a boom in the civil aviation sector in the last three-four years.
“The sector is growing by leaps and bounds. So, there is an opportunity for lots of youngsters to join this sector. A direct job within aviation creates six jobs outside, investment in aviation has a multiplier effect on opportunities around.
Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher and Anandpur Sahib MP Prem Singh Chandumajra were also present during the inauguration of the project, that includes a funding outlay of Rs 5.25 crore.
The officials of the task implementation agency, Bird Education Society for Travel and Tourism (BESTT), said they are choosing the students by visiting different colleges and universities in the region, especially those from poor socioeconomic background. The group will start with three courses initially,airline customer services executive, flight reservation agent and airport security executive.
“Till today, a total of 90 students have been enrolled in the courses. These will be two-month programs and as per the MoU signed with the AAI, we must ensure 70 per cent of placement,” said Captain Rajiv Bali, north India head, BESTT, added that the classes do not bear any cost.
The centre, which has come up in collaboration with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Aerospace and Aviation Sector Skill Council (AASSC) of India, will also leverage AAI’s existing infrastructure, which includes been converted to offer training in modern courses as well as upskilling programmes to empower the youths. The candidates will be certified by the NSDC through the AASSC. This centre that may train about 2,400 youth and women in eight aviation job roles over another three years has already received an extremely enthusiastic response. I’d like to see a lot more such centres for aviation skill development to be setup in the united states,” said Raju.
According to the aviation ministry, demand for aviation skilled employees has been rising with the boom in the civil aviation sector witnessed within the last three to four years. “More than 900 new aeroplanes are expected to be inducted by Indian scheduled airlines in the coming few years. Air connectivity for both passenger transport and air freight is increasing, with new air routes and operationalization of unserved or undeserved airports through the UDAN Regional Connection System. MRO and ground-handling demands for skilled employees are also increasing in tandem,” a statement by the ministry said.
To meet this demand, the ministries of aviation and skill development and entrepreneurship collaborated to launch the aviation MSDC at the Chandigarh old airport terminal building. The Rs 5.2 crore project is housed at Chandigarh’s old international airport building. It will leverage AAI’s existing infrastructure, which has been changed into offer trained in modern aviation courses as well as ups killing programmes to empower youth and ladies in particular.
The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)
The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) can be an Indian not-for-profit company create to address the need for providing skilled manpower across various industry sectors. It was founded in 2008 by the Ministry of Finance,and happens to be under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
The NDSC has trained more than 5.2 million students, and it has also created 235 private sector partnerships and 38 Sector Skill Councils (SSC) in various industries.