Airbus today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for establishing a Centre of Excellence for aerospace skill development in Hyderabad, together with the Government of Telangana, National Skill Development Corporation India and AEROCAMPUS France. The Centre, which will come up at Begumpet Airport, will train candidates ranging from high school graduates to experienced aviation personnel on aircraft manufacturing, logistics, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO), ground handling and special aviation processes. The Center will offer short-term refresher modules as well as long-term Certificate and Diploma courses that will find acceptability within the industry, Airbus said in a release.
It said the Center is expected to roll-out short-term courses this year, adding, it planned to upgrade it into a university over the next five years. The Telangana government will provide space for setting up the Center and arrange initial seed fund for the project. The National Skill Development Corporation will channelize the candidates to the Center.
Together with AEROCAMPUS and Aviation and Aerospace Sector Skill Council (AASSC), it will also ensure that the programmes comply with international standards and are certified, the release said. The signing at the Aero India 2017 air show here was witnessed by Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and K Taraka Rama Rao, Telangana Minister for Industries and Commerce.
“This first of its kind Center of Excellence aims to enhance the employability of young aspirants by imparting the required skills to them”, said Rudy. The Center will not only provide training on aircraft maintenance, but also on aerospace manufacturing and assembling, he said. The Center will up-skill the local youth as per international norms and also partner with global aerospace and defence majors in their ‘Make in India’ programmes, Taraka Rama Rao said.
“We are sensitive to India’s ambition to have a thriving indigenous aerospace industry. This Center of Excellence will play a role in translating this ambition into reality by feeding the industry with a trained talent pool,” said Ashish Saraf, V-P and ‘Make in India’ officer for Airbus.