which Rs 80 crore has already been sanctioned by the Centre.
The need for the university was felt due to the "marked absence of credible institutions imparting specialised technical and managerial training in air transportation, safety, security and regulatory areas," the bill's Statement of Objects and Reasons said.
"The opportunity cost of not investing in human resources required for the civil aviation sector in India at this juncture would result in reduced growth, increased cost of operations, compromise on safety and missed opportunities," it said.
The varsity would promote aviation studies, training and research with focus on emerging areas like aviation management, aviation regulation and policy, aviation history, aviation science and engineering, aviation law, aviation safety and security and aviation medicine.
During the debate on the Bill, Shailendra Kumar (SP) said while he supported the bill, he wanted the Centre to set up new institutions in other parts of UP. "You already have a Rail Coach Factory, petroleum institute and a women's university there. Everything need not be in either Rae Bareli or Amethi," he said.
Gorakhnath Pandey (BSP) also supported the measure but said similar institute should be set up Bhadoi which has ample land.
Saugata Roy (TMC) lamented a lack of standardisation in courses offering training in various branches of civil aviation. He also attacked companies like GMR and GVK, which he alleged, were not doing a good job in modernising airports.
He alleged that Singh was forced to privatise airports under pressure from the Planning Commission. He insisted that while some airport operations can be outsourced, management and critical operations should remain with the government. Sharad Yadav (JD-U) supported Roy.
Sushil Kumar Singh (JD-U), T R Baalu (DMK), Nama Nageshwar Rao (TDP), S K Bwiswmuthiary (BPF) also spoke during the debate. Saidul Haque (CPI-M) opposed the Bill.