India’s first aviation university will come up at Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh and its academic session would begin in July next year. The National Aviation University (NAU) would train technical personnel, including engineers, and impart all aviation-related skills to its students. There would be a requirement of close to three million trained personnel in the Indian aviation sector over the next decade, according to independent estimates.
The decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Minister of State for Civil Aviation KC Venugopal and top officials in Delhi on March 25. The foundation stone is likely to be laid in June and the NAU would start functioning at the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Udaan Academy (IGRUA) at Fursatganj in Rae Bareli from July next year.
Rae Bareli is the Lok Sabha constituency of Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Rs 80 crore has already been sanctioned for the purpose and Venugopal has requested the UP government to allot more land for the university. The total project outlay for the first five-year period is Rs 202 crore.