Hyderabad: The GMR Aviation Academy (GMR AA), the Aviation/Airport Training arm of the GMR Group, on Monday signed an agreement with the Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University (RGNAU) for a joint post graduate diploma in ‘Aviation/Airport Operations’.
According to a press release from GMR, the MoU was signed by PS Nair, whole-time Director, GMR Airports Ltd and Air Vice Marshal Nalin Tandon, AVSM, VM (Retd), Vice Chancellor, RGNAU in the presence of Minister for Civil Aviation A Gajapathi Raju and Union Secretary for Civil Aviation Rajiv Nayan Choubey at New Delhi.
GMR said this was the first of its kind PG diploma course in Aviation/Airport Operations for graduates aspiring to join the aviation industry. The objective of the MoU is to facilitate and promote professional aviation studies and provide in-depth knowledge of the functioning of an airport in particular and the Aviation subsets, in general.
The course offers comprehensive academic, technical and practical exposure for students and is followed by practical training under the supervision of experienced mentors in a live airport environment. The course includes a mix of theory and practical on-the-job training at GMR led airports at Hyderabad and Delhi.
“It is estimated that the Aviation industry in India will require close to one million skilled personnel over the next 10-15 years which will pose a great challenge if adequate number of people are not trained in this highly specialized and complex area. The GMR Academy has its own advantage of utilizing airport facilities for hands-on practical experience,” Nair said.
“The Indian civil aviation sector is currently growing at approximately 20% and is expected to be the 3rd largest market by 2020. With such positive, India undoubtedly has the potential to become a significant part of the global supply chain. This will in turn steer demand for trained professionals in the field of aviation,” said Tandon.