SNIST offers US degree in Avionics, Airline management

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Kochi, Jul 12 (UNI) The Hyderabad-based Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology (SNIST) today announced a tie-up with the New York-based Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology (VCAT) to offer Bachelor of Science (BS) courses in Airline and Airport Management and Avionics in India.

Talking to newspersons here, SNIST Director P Narasimha Reddy and VCAT Vice-President Kalpana Jain said the Indian Aviation Industry was projected to require about three million workers by 2020.

Observing that India was set to become a regional hub for aviation, cargo and MRO facilties, Dr Jain said the Aviation Industry presented excellent job opportunities for graduates from aviation programmes.

The 75-year-old VCAT had tied up with SNIST to offer BS courses in Airline Management, Airport Management and Avionics. The US degree had been approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), she added.

Dr Reddy said the tuition fee for the course in India would be Rs 1.5 lakh per year, as compared to Rs eight lakh in the US. Faculty from the US would also take classes at SNIST, he added.

The Institute would admit 60 students each in three courses on the basis of the Plus Two results.

Speaking of the opportunities in the aviation sector, Dr Jain said, Boeing planned to start its MRO facility in Nagpur in 2011.

KLM, Lufthansa and other airlines were also planning to set up their maintenance units in India, she added.

She said the Indian Government in fact was planning to set up six to eight aviation mega hubs in the country.

The planned investment in the aviation infrastructure over the next ten years was projected to be about US 30 billion dollar, she added.

The Indian Aviation Industry was expected to grow about 30 per cent over the next ten years.

Stating that the sector would throw up a huge demand for trained technical personnel, Dr Jain said airport and airline management were specialised areas, as airports were virtually treated as ''mini cities''.


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