BSc (Aeronautics) in Jamia: Alumni who played key role.
Jamia Millia Islamia is to start BSc (Aeronautics) course in collaboration with Pawan Hans Ltd, according to a statement issued by the university.
And the news has been welcomed by alumni and Jamia fans. Moreover, many were curious to know how the course got started. OT.COM has come to know from reliable sources that the reintroduction of the course was the result of crucial role played by a few alumni.
Sharing how the story of the MoU goes back to an alumni meet in Mumbai, senior Jamia alumnus Nasir Sultan Qazi told OT.COM that it was during an alumni meet in Mumbai that we came across Mohammed Ameer, Deputy Chief Aircraft Engineer of PHL, Mumbai and it was he who played the key role of getting the course restarted that was run until 1989 on the campus.
“In that meeting Ameer met with Vice Chancellor Professor Talat Ahmad. A few days ago he called me and said it would be great if the course is started in Jamia as well. As I was in Merut I approached MQH Beg, Chairman, Jamia Cooperative Bank Ltd, who is also an alumnus of Jamia. He responded to my call immediately. We spoke with the V-C and things were sealed. And the team arrived last week to sign the final deal.
“The purpose to narrate this story is to remind many alumni who always criticise alumni meet that was only started a few years ago. Let me make very clear that the foundation of the course was laid in one such meets in Mumbai. We as Jamia alumni feel proud that we are able to contribute to our Alma Mater,” said Nasir Sultan Qazi.
The good thing is that MQH Beg has said that the Jamia Cooperative Bank Ltd will be happy to provide educational loans to students from weaker sections of society to help them pursue the course.
Moreover, Nasir Sultan Qazi told OT.COM that the guests from the country’s national helicopter company, Pawan Hans Limited (PHL), a mini-Ratna Public Sector Undertaking were also taken care of by MQH Beg who even provided refreshment to them.
Three-year BSc (Aeronautics) will be a dual degree course in which the graduation degree will be awarded by Jamia and certificate in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering will be issued by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
The theoretical aspects of the course will be taught at the Faculty of Engineering, Jamia while the practical training part will be provided at PHL facilities.
The course will be open to both male and female applicants who have cleared 12th Board exams with Science and Maths combination. As per Jamia rules, the university will conduct an entrance test for admission to the course.
PHL Chairman-cum Managing Director, Dr BP Sharma said currently India has a fleet of 380 aircraft and 280 helicopters and with many players coming into the aviation sector, more than 500 aircraft will be added in the next 4-5 years. This, he said, will require a large number of trained engineers and personnel to maintain the aircraft.
He added that earlier the students were investing three years and were only getting a certificate in Aircraft Maintenance from DGCA but with the launching of this course they will be get a graduate degree. The dual degree is a good combination and with the phenomenal expansion of the aviation sector the pass-outs will have great job opportunities.
As per the MoU both the sides have also agreed to explore the possibility of launching BSc (Aviation).