Punjab will to set up India's first civil aviation varsity

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has announced that his state will soon have a civil aviation university, the first of its kind in India, to train personnel in the civil avation industry.

He said the best consultants and key players in the field of civil aviation would be engaged to prepare a blueprint for the proposed university. Detailed modalities would be worked out with the union ministries of civil aviation and human resource development.

The chief minister also highlighted the services of V Mulekar, advisor, aviation services, Maharashtra Airport Development Company Ltd (MADC), who played a key role in the upgradation of the Amritsar International Airport in 1999. Since then, the number of international flights have increased from just one a week to 59 a week at present.

Badal made the announcement in his inaugural address for a day-long workshop on 'Punjab Strategy of Human Resource Development - Employment Generation and Training', organised by the Department of Employment Generation and Training at Amritsar on 24 August. He also released the proposed draft service industry policy prepared by the department.