Mumbai University has signed on MoU with State-run helicopter services operator Pawan Hans to offer a Bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering along with a course on aircraft maintenance engineering from the next academic session.
The course has been named ‘dual qualification course’ wherein the skill training will be imparted by professionals from Pawan Hans Helicopter Training Institute, while the same will be monitored by Garware Institute of Career Education & Development of the 160-year-old university.
The B.Sc. course will be affiliated by the Mumbai University while the engineering certification will be given by Pawan Hans and recognized by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The three years, six semesters aircraft maintenance engineering program has been aligned with B.Sc. (Aeronautics) degree offered by the University of Mumbai.
The aspiring candidates have been assured that they will get placements as there is a severe scarcity of skilled manpower in the growing aviation sector. The integrated training program is been designed to give a comprehensive knowledge of aircraft systems, good maintenance practices to the students. This association will enhance opportunities for the skilled workforce in securing appropriate employment with upcoming heliports, maintenance, and repair organizations and helicopter maintenance establishments.
In a joint press conference, MU vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh told reporters that the engineering course will take in 60 students annually and the course will begin from July. Moreover, on March 28, the university will organize a chopper ride in association with Bombay Flying Club.
For the chopper ride, the students will be offered a discount of 10% on the fare while 25% discounts will be offered to the students who belong to the weaker sections of the society. It would be under INR 4000 per head. The university has sought 200 acres land in Palghar to open a campus for tribal students and if given, it is ready to build an airstrip which can also be used by the government departments.
Pawan Hans will shortly resume the joy rides it had started with Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation and also plans to launch inter-city chopper rides in Delhi and Mumbai shortly.
Now the Delhiites and the tourists can get the perfect panoramic view of the nation’s capital city in a helicopter as Pawan Hans is all set to launch its ‘Delhi Darshan’ from April 1 this year! You can soar to thrilling heights as the chopper will fly over Pitampura Tower, Majnu Ka Tila, Red Fort, Rajghat, Akshardham Temple and other nearby areas.