Government to set up aviation university: Vayalar Ravi

October 17th, 2011 - 11:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Pratibha Patil Mumbai, Oct 17 (IANS) Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi said Monday that the government plans to set up an aviation university that will ensure minimum standards of aviation skills.

Speaking at the fourth International Civil Aviation Negotiation Conference (ICAN 2011), Ravi said the government plans to strengthen the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).

“To ensure that minimum standards of aviation skills are attained and standardised, a national aviation university is proposed to be set up with world class facilities. We are in the process of evolving a project report for this facility, which will ensure that the gap between demand and supply is bridged,” he said.

The conference, jointly organised by the government of India and the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), is being held in India for the first time and aims to highlight the need of modernisation of air service agreements (ASAs) by including certain safety clauses, code-sharing guidelines, security and tariff.

Ravi also said that an independent civil aviation authority has been proposed for administration and regulation of civil aviation safety.

He added that the process of constituting an accident investigation committee on the lines of the National Transport Safety Board is underway and that it will assist in matters of safety.

Over 300 delegates from around 65 countries are attending the conference which was inaugurated by President Pratibha Patil earlier Monday.

It is being held to help aviation negotiators from different countries to conduct bilateral air services negotiations or consultations at one place.

In India, there has been a significant enhancement in national and international connectivity making it the ninth biggest civil aviation market in the world. India has bilateral air services agreement with 108 countries and presently 72 foreign airlines are operating to/from various destinations.

Three Indian carriers are operating to 35 destinations in 25 countries. Civil aviation ministry officials from India will be be negotiating with the US, UK and the Gulf states among others.

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