Aviation Technician Academy will be set up soon: Thodge
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 14 Sep 2017 09:35:11|
Taking a step towards the development of Vidarbha as a defence industries hub, Tata Technologies and Vidarbha Defence Development Hub organised a ‘Summit 2017 Aerospace and Defence,’ an initiative to co-create sustainable ecosystem for aerospace and defence. It was supported by VIDH, VIA, BMA, MIA. The keynote speaker was Lt. Gen. (Retd) Ravindra Thodge, an advisor to Government of India.
Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner was the guest of honour. There was a panel discussion in which the panelist were K N Madan, Ex-Director, DGM and Business Head Air India Operations, Dr Rajarajan Shanmugan, Chief Executive Officer, Tata-HAL (JV between Tata Technologies and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited), Shridhar Dharmarajan, Senior Director of SAARC and ASEAN, MSC Corporation USA and Harsh Gune, Chief Executive Officer of WOM India. Through this initiative, organisers wanted to bridge a gap and enhance the employability of the technical graduates in Vidarbha. They propose to establish a center of excellence of skill development in aerospace and automotive with the help of Tata Technologies.
Speaking on the occasion, Lt. Gen. (Retd) Thodge welcomed Tata Technologies initiative for development of Vidarbha. “Now, things will move much faster as Tata is a name on which we can rely,” he said. He advised entrepreneurs to join the journey and take up the challenge and get into the mainstream. The defence sector would create a lot of opportunities for growth with multiple global players eyeing India as a destination for investment. “We must now not wait to find weather it is chicken or the egg who comes first but start taking a step forward. With projects like TAL there is ample opportunities. The sector has large volume of requirement. It has to offer something for everyone. We must grab the opportunities,” Thodge said. He disclosed that within two to three month an Aviation Technician Academy would be set up in city.
“The requirement of skilled technicians will be more. We had been working with the people but they were little reluctant in taking the plan forward. But now with the partner from abroad the Academy will be set up soon,” he said. The Academy will cater the need of industries in aerospace, automotive and defence for having skilled manpower, Thodge added.He said, aerospace and defence sector in India is expected to grow with the various initiatives that the Government is undertaking in ‘Make in India’ campaign.
In his welcome remarks, Dushyant Deshpande of Vidarbha Defence Industrial Hub (VDIH) said, aerospace and defence is the sunshine sector for Indian economy. Parag Karkhanis of Tata Technologies explained the industry perspective and the TAL project in MIHAN. “We will be requiring skilled manpower and support of the local industry,” he said. The panel discussion focused and discussing the trends that were shaping up the aerospace and defence sector. The vote of thanks was proposed by Sushil Kumar of Tata Technologies.
Growth of region is certain: Anoop Kumar
Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner on Wednesday suggested industrialists in the region to do introspection and analytical exercise. “The price has been paid by the region for its development but the benefits have been eluded. The vision of the development of city was there since long time, but the political power and the transformation of the vision was not happening.”
The city started its industrialization revolution only after 1990. “But now we are having the political power with double engine in the form of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who are having a strong will for the development of the region and a big vision with transformation capacity, hence the growth of the region is certain,” he said.
Anoop Kumar said, the country has fir brand leader as Defence Minister. “She was my senior in the JNU and I know her, she is a free thinker and a firebrand lady with sound capabilities.” he said.