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Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Civil Aviation reviewed the status of Skill Development in Aviation Sector and the progress being made on developing National Air Cargo Policy. He directed the concerned in the Ministry to come up with a comprehensive development plan for skilling the people in the aviation sector. During the review meeting, the Minister stated that the demand for aviation skilled personnel has been rising commensurately with the boom in the civil aviation sector witnessed in the last 3-4 years Recognizing this demand and to bolster the Skill India Mission, Suresh Prabhu said that steps must be taken so as to have skill development centres across all States.

Institutional strengthening – In the context of training, the existing institutional structure should be strengthened further to ramp up the training. The business model of the Aviation University should be re-looked keeping in mind the vast demand for the human skilled resources in the coming years. As per a study, by 2035, the Indian Civil Aviation sector would require 0.8 to 1 million personnel directly and another 3 million indirectly.

Suresh Prabhu also reviewed the progress being made on developing National Air Cargo Policy. Recognizing the need for increasing air cargo industry size in India, the Sh. Prabhu made the following observations: Stressing on the need for skilling the people in aviation sector and to have national air cargo policy in place, Prabhu directed the concerned in the Ministry to work on the observations made in the review meeting and come up with actionable items soon.

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