Bangalore: A long-standing need for a Aeronautics Commission in the country, which would promote and integrate various aviation and aeronautics-related organisations within the country, may soon be met with the prime minister's scientific advisory committee making a set of proposals in this regard. These proposals, according to government sources, will soon be sent to the prime minister for his approval.
Such a Commission is expected to address a long-standing demand of the aviation sector, research establishments and the defence forces. The Commission will promote and integrate various organisations, in the aviation and aeronautics sectors, that are currently working under different ministries. It will have representatives from the government, industry and research organisations.
Apart from formulating policies, the Commission will also help in optimising resources in the aviation sector. It is also expected to consolidate talent within the country and provide focus to R&D efforts in aeronautics. The scientific advisory committee appears to have recommended that the Commission should work as an autonomous body.
In terms of its structure, as proposed by the committee, it is envisaged that the Commission act as a nodal body of all aeronautics agencies in the country and report to the defence minister.
The lack of a centralised policy defining body has been felt badly within the country's aeronautics sector.