BENGALURU: TO help aspiring pilots from poor families, the Higher Education Department is planning to establish a second government flying training school.
Presently, the sole institute is the Jakkur Flying Training School in Bengaluru which is administered by the and Youth Services and Sports Department. The second flying training school is the initiative of Higher Education Minister Basavaraj Rayareddi and he will visit New Delhi soon to discuss the project with the Civil Aviation Minister. “We have a plan to make use of HAL Airport for this purpose and we need to discuss this,” Rayareddi said.
The department has not finalised the location for the school, but it may be in the city or in Ballari, he said. It has been decided to approach HAL and, if they agree, the school will be set up in association with them. Otherwise, the state government will set up the school on its own, he added.
According to the minister, this project was proposed considering the cost of pursuing pilot training at private institutions. “As per my information, it costs up to `50 lakh in a private institute to complete training and get a certificate. As there is a high demand for pilots, we have decided to provide the same at a lesser cost for students from rural areas and financially backward families,” said Rayareddi.
He added the proposed flying school will be on the lines of the one at Gondia in Maharashtra, which is run by the state government. The plan is to start the school by the 2017-18 academic year.
Aviation enthusiasts, who are closely monitoring the developments related to the Jakkur Flying Training School, said the state government should support the existing school by providing necessary infrastructure and aircraft so that it can increase intake of students, instead of thinking of starting another school.
Aerospace engineering course
The department has also decided to introduce aerospace engineering courses at the under-graduate and post-graduate level in government engineering colleges. Now, very few private colleges offer aeronautical engineering course.
Considering the employment opportunities in the Railways, the Department has also decided to start a railway engineering course at government engineering colleges in Bengaluru, Belagavi, Mysuru and Kalaburagi. As of now, no college in the country offers a railway engineering course.