The fee of University of Pune’s MTech Aviation course is all set to get reduced by nearly half to around Rs 30 lakh beginning from this academic session, raising the varsity’s hope for more entrants.
The ambitious course, which was introduced last year, had a heavy fee structure of around Rs 60 lakh and it was proving to be a major hurdle for aspirants. Only six students had opted for the course last year.
Aditya Abhyankar, professor and head at the Department of Technology of UoP said the university has tied up with a US-based firm for offering MTech Aviation course.
“A US-based training institution will now be part of our MTech course in addition to a Germany-based flying institute, which has been partnering with us since beginning. Students will have option to choose from both. The cost of education is relatively lesser in US as compared to an European country like Germany. Thus, we expect partnering with a US-based training institution will bring down cost of our course almost by half,” he said.
Abhyankar said name of US-based institute and other details would be shared by UoP vice-chancellor Wasudeo Gade shortly.
On whether entry of new partner would eclipse Germany-based flying institute by attracting more number of students, Abhyankar said the institute, Fachschule fur Luftfahrzeugfuhrer (FFL), was professionally driven and would come out with innovative schemes to attract more students.
He said the admission process for MTech Aviation course for fresh academic session would commence in a month’s time.
UoP, in July last year, had entered into an MoU with FFL to offer MTech Aviation course. As per the agreement, the first of the four semesters was conducted at UoP’s department of technology, while the remaining three semesters involved on-site training at FFL facilities in Frankfurt, Germany. Candidates selected for MTech Aviation programme had to pay Indian rupees equivalent to 5,000 Euros to UoP upon getting admission, and 70,000 Euros to FFL. The total amount charged towards course came out to be nearly Rs 60 lakh.
Total 20 students had been shortlisted for the maiden batch based upon applications but eventually only six confirmed their admissions. The heavy fee structure for the course was considered a dampener by UoP officials.