Aviation major HAL took lead in establishing first Aerospace University in the country and held a 'Aerospace Industry-Academia Conclave'under the chairmanship of Prof S G Dhande, former Director, IIT Kanpur, here yesterday.
Considering the long term needs of the aeronautical sector growth, expert group on restructuring of HAL, headed by Mr B K Chaturvedi, former Cabinet Secretary and Member, Planning Commission, suggested establishment of an Aerospace University or collaboration with some Universities for expansion of aviation sector capabilities, according to a release here today.
In his key-note address, Prof Dhande, stating that manpower challenge is a phenomena faced by the entire aerospace industry because of globalisation, called for establishing synergy between the Indian academia and aerospace industries in general and HAL in particular.
'Human talent is recognised and considered as the differentiating asset by every nation,' said Mr Ajay Shankar, Independent Director, HAL while setting the tone for the discussions.
The Conclave deliberated on models for HAL's active collaboration with institutions for research and on programs for industry-focused post-graduate and doctoral degrees in aerospace technologies. It also considered the feasibility of establishing an exclusive Aerospace University.
The discussions included interesting issues such as domain specific curriculum review, diversified and in-depth aeronautical courses to meet the industry requirements of manpower and greater interaction of industry think-tanks with academia.
In his message, HAL Chairman R K Tyagi said that 'let us give our best for the future through a fertile landscape of aerospace technologies and knowledge which will make India more self-reliant, competitive and develop leaders for giving shape to our national aerospace strategies.' UNI MSP AKM ADB1745 NNNN
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