New Delhi: The inauguration of India’s first aviation university in Uttar Pradesh, which was scheduled for 18 August, has been postponed.
The Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University (RGNAU) at Fursatganj in Rae Bareli district was supposed to be inaugurated in the presence of chief minister Yogi Adityanath, civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, his deputy Jayant Sinha and Congress vice-president and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi, among others. “The inauguration, which was scheduled for August 18, has been put on hold due to some unknown reasons. The next date is yet to be announced,” an RGNAU official said on Tuesday.
The central university was planned as an autonomous body under the administrative control of the ministry of civil aviation with an aim to facilitate and promote aviation studies, teaching, training and research. The centre had sanctioned Rs145 crore for main works and Rs37 crore for interior furnishing of the varsity, which is planning the launch of its flagship programme in 2018 at its campus in Fursatganj.
Air vice-marshal (retired) Nalin Tandon has been appointed as the vice-chancellor. A number of management development programmes have also been planned and shall be conducted in subsequent years, the officials, who did not wish to be named, said. The cabinet had in 2013 given its approval to the proposal for setting up of the university.
The Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University Bill 2013 had received the assent of the then-president of India and published in the Gazette of India on 19 September 2013. About 26.35 acres of land available with the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi, an autonomous flying training institute under the central government, was identified for setting up of the RGNAU in its first phase (2013-14 to 2018-19).
Fursatganj lies at the border of Rae Bareli and Amethi. In line with its objective of promoting aviation teaching and training, RGNAU has signed an MoU with GMR Aviation Academy for joint PG diploma in aviation/ airport operations which is an employability-oriented programme focused at providing trained manpower to the industry, officials said. The university is also planning to launch an MBA programme in aviation management in the near future, they said, adding RGNAU shall also be affiliating colleges/ institutes for B.Sc. (Hons.) in aircraft maintenance.