The first batch of University of Punes (UoP) newly launched MTech Aviation course will have 20 students,including six girls. The course is expected to begin next month.
Addressing media persons on Friday,UoP vice-chancellor Wasudeo Gade said more than 40 candidates had been shortlisted based on their performance in the entrance test. The 20 students were chosen after interviews.
Introduced by UoP in collaboration with Germany-based flying institute Fachschule für Luftfahrzeugführer (FFL),the two-year course is a first-of-its-kind. The first semester will be conducted at the universitys technology department,while the remaining semesters,including on-site training at FFL facilities,will be held in Frankfurt,Germany.
On completion of the course,candidates will get a European-flying licence by the German aviation regulator,Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (LBA).
Naresh Khemani of FFL said talks were being conducted with Indias civil aviation regulator and the director general of civil aviation to facilitate issuance of licences that will enable students to fly in the skies of Asia-Pacific region.
To a query on the recent down slide of the Indian rupee and its possible impact on the course prospectus,Gade said,The downfall of the Indian rupee is major cause of worry for us. We are hopeful that with the efforts put up by the government,the situation will become better.
Staff crunch at Dept of Technology
The technology department,which has launched the MTech Aviation course in association with a German institution,has been facing staff shortage with five teaching posts lying vacant,besides the post of head of the department. Aditya Abhyankar,technology department dean,said applications for the posts had been invited through advertisements and a group of resource persons had been arranged to look after the maiden batch of the aviation course.