BENGALURU: The state government is all set to start a centre for excellence in aerospace in Bengaluru in association with private players to tap opportunities in the fast-emerging sector.
Law and Higher Education Minister T B Jayachandra told reporters that he had already held two-three rounds of preliminary meetings with three Bengaluru-based firms in the aerospace sector to start the centre which could train students in aerospace technology and related areas.
“The aerospace industry is rapidly growing in the state and it is going to be the next big thing in the coming years. Besides, Bengaluru is a home to the HAL, the state-owned aircraft maker. But unfortunately, none of the universities or engineering colleges in the state offer a course in aerospace. To bridge this gap, we are thinking to start a centre to train students exclusively in aerospace technology,” Jayachandra said.
The state government is likely to sign an MoU with private players during the Global Investors Meet to be held in February 2016. The government has reportedly set aside 1,000 acres to attract big ticket investments in the aerospace sector.
He also hinted that Jindal Group may reconsider it’s decision to drop its plans to set up the Sitaram Jindal School of Economics in Bangalore University.
Jayachandra said the government was mulling revision of syllabus of engineering to make it more suitable to industry needs.
“We have been producing thousands of engineers every year, but unfortunately, most of them are not skilled to get jobs. In order to address this issue, we are thinking of revising the curriculum in consultations with industry players. If all goes well, the new syllabus will come in force from next academic year itself,” he added.