Shri R. N. Choubey, I.A.S
Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation
The Indian civil aviation sector contributed US $ 72 billion in GDP 2016 and has been among the fastest-growing aviation sectors worldwide. Passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-July 2017 were 6.57 crore as against 5.61 crore during the corresponding period of the previous year thereby registering a growth of 17.18 %. And with an order book of over 900 aircraft (the third largest in the world behind the USA and China) and the highest ratio of aircraft on order to those in service of any major aviation market, this growth is set to continue over the coming years.
The implementation of the UDAN scheme coupled with the broad reach of the other initiatives taken through the National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 have provided the much-required structural support, automated systems and human engagement to the industry. Generation of new incremental revenues through the sale of ancillary mobility-related products and services to customers has been improving the business model viability for key stakeholders.
As aviation today is a high technology-and-skill oriented sector, the need for skilling the professionals has become all the more necessary. Professionals with critically-required skill sets are vital to engineer and sustain this growth. The dedicated National Aviation University is a step towards creating and disseminating knowledge to facilitate progress and excellence in the field of aviation. The University has been established to act as a catalyst for engineering the growth story of the aviation sector in India.
RGNAU and the Government of India are committed to providing quality education in the civil aviation industry. I look forward to seeing the University at the forefront of aviation education in India and extend my best wishes for all its endeavours.