Friday, 14 Sep, 5.26 am The Siasat Daily

Jamia Millia Islamia becomes the first university to offer aeronautics degree

New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) has become the first and the only Central University in the country, which is running B.Sc. Aeronautics course. It is offering a three-year B.Sc. (Aeronautics) degree in collaboration with Pawan Hans Limited (PHL) the country's national helicopter company.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the academic collaboration was signed last year by A.P. Siddiqui, the JMI registrar, and T. Sridhar, PHL executive director (HR and administration), in the presence of JMI vice-chancellor Talat Ahmad and PHL chairman-cum-managing director B.P. Sharma, JMI pro vice-chancellor Shahid Ashraf, deans, faculty members and senior officials from the two sides.

B.Sc. (Aeronautics) will be a dual degree course in which the graduation degree will be awarded by JMI and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will issue certificate in aircraft maintenance engineering.

Classes have started at the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) this week. New classrooms, state-of-the-art laboratory and workshops have been set up for this course at JMI. To teach mechanical and avionics aspects, a hanger for airframe and engine with a battery shop has also been developed. The theoretical aspects of the course will be taught at the Faculty of Engineering, JMI while the practical training part will be provided at PHL facilities. Students will have firsthand experience of how helicopters and aeroplane works. They will also be taught the intricacies of aircraft maintenance.

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