Cabinet approves aviation university

The union cabinet also today gave its approval to the proposal for setting up of a national aviation university, Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University, at Rae Bareli in UP as a central university.

The cabinet will simultaneously introduce the Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University Bill, 2013 in Parliament.
 
The 'Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University' will be an autonomous body under the administrative control of the ministry of civil aviation, with an estimated central government funding of Rs202 crore in Phase-l (2013-14 to 2018-19).

About 26.35 acres of land available with the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Udan Academy (IGRUA), a society set up as an autonomous body under the ministry of civil aviation in Rae Bareli, has been identified for setting up the NAU in its first phase.

The national aviation university is aimed at facilitating and promoting aviation studies, teaching, training and research with focus on emerging areas of studies such as aviation management, aviation regulation and policy, aviation history, aviation science and engineering, aviation law, aviation safety and security, aviation medicine, search and rescue, transportation of dangerous goods, environmental studies and other related fields, and also to achieve excellence in these and connected fields in emerging areas and such areas as may emerge in future. 

The university will also be a knowledge partner to safety and security regulators by providing required academic inputs to help them execute their enforcement responsibility better.