World class aviation museum, univ on 100 yrs of civil aviation

A world-class aviation museum and a university are likely to come up this year when the country celebrates the centenary of civil aviation in India.

Last Updated: Jan 18, 2011, 00:12 AM IST

New Delhi: A world-class aviation museum and
a university are likely to come up this year when the country
celebrates the centenary of civil aviation in India.

To mark the first commercial flight operated between
Allahabad and Naini on February 18, 1911, the Civil Aviation
Ministry decided to hold nationwide programmes,
competitions for students in all districts, an airshow,
exhibitions and road shows.

The year-long celebrations, aimed at taking the sector
"closer to the people", would project it as "the sunrise
sector which will create huge number of job opportunities
nationwide", Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel told
reporters after a meeting of a high-level committee set up to
decide on the series of events.

Tipped to be one of the largest in the world, a National
Museum for Aviation would be established in Delhi, probably at
Safdarjung Airport, while a National University for Aviation
Training and Management would also be set up during the year,
he said, adding, "We will also ask all universities to include
courses connected with civil aviation in their curriculum."

Regarding the competition for students in all districts,
Patel said 100 students from each district would be selected
"through merit, and as an award, they will be given free
tickets by the airlines."

He said not only Air India, but all the airlines would
pool in to give these free tickets. "The modalities of
conducting these competitions will be worked out, the state
governments and district administrations will be involved in
the process."

The meeting also decided to hold a two-day conference and
have functions where a commemorative stamp, a coin and coffee
table book would be released, he said.

"India is now the ninth largest aviation market in the
world. The growth in the sector between 2004 and 2010 has been
over 300 per cent, the highest in the world in six years,
despite the economic downturn 2008-09", Patel said.

He claimed that by 2020, India would become the third
largest aviation market in the world after the US and China.

The committee would meet in the next two-three weeks to
finalise the locations where different events will take place,
locate appropriate budgetary sources to finance the
celebrations and its entire schedule.

PTI