Government looking to establish an Air University

New Delhi: Given the booming growth in the civil aviation sector, and the insatiable demand for certified pilots and cabin crew, as well as for experts in several related disciplines, the Prime Minister''s Office (PMO) has asked the ministry for civil aviation to begin work on establishing an ''Air University''. The move takes note of the existing lacuna of a certified agency, which can train and certify aviation experts.

The university would train people in disciplines such as aviation economics and catering, aviation financial management and security, etc. The PMO has asked the ministry to come up with a detailed proposal on the university soon.

"We want to set up an expert body, comprising academicians, sector experts for setting up such a university. This panel would examine whether to allow private participation in establishing the Air University," official sources said here.

"The Government could either look at running the Air University by itself or adopt the public private partnership model," they added.

Sources also said that several initiatives were underway to increase the supply of certified pilots for the domestic market. The ministry was working on another proposal where examinations for pilots were being streamlined.