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© Neena Bhandari, Indo Asian News Service

SYDNEY, November 1 (IANS) - Sydney-based Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) and Bangalore-based Subramanya Construction & Development Company (SCDC) Monday signed a joint venture agreement here to develop the world’s first integrated aviation university and training campus in Bangalore.

CAPA, the region’s leading aviation knowledge practice, and SCDC, a privately-held premier real estate developer, will invest US$ 125 million to develop CAPA AeroPark on a 50- acre site in Bangalore offering an international standard university with satellite academies in Delhi and Mumbai for airline and airport management, pilots, engineers, air traffic controllers, cabin crew and regulators.

“This facility is in response to a felt need for trained aviation personnel in India given the rapid growth that is envisaged in India’s aviation industry over the next few years. It further enhances the growing Australia-India trade and investment relations”, Consul General of India in Sydney, Amit Dasgupta, told IANS.

India has been one of the fastest growing aviation markets with demand for skilled personnel expected to triple over the next decade. Even conservative projections estimate India will emerge as the third largest aviation market in the world within 12-15 years.

“There is an emerging global shortage of skilled human resources in the industry, which is particularly acute in rapidly emerging markets such as India and neighbouring regions. The aviation industries in India and the Gulf alone are expected to see investment of in excess of US$200 billion over the next decade and availability of skills is critical to support this,” stated CAPA Group Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation recently released figures stating that the Asia Pacific region currently only has enough training capacity to meet 35 percent of its annual pilot requirements of almost 14,000 pilots, an annual shortfall of 9,000.

The fully developed campus will include state-of-the-art academic facilities together with full flight simulators, a flying school, engineering workshops and laboratories, research centers, accommodation for students and faculty, recreational facilities, a hotel and convention centre.

The CAPA AeroPark Masterplan has been developed after consultations with airlines, airports, governments, universities and aviation training providers from around the world, and on-the-ground study of currently available training infrastructure in India.

Chairman of the SCDC Group, K.N.Balasubramanyam said, “This facility will bevital for developing a professional, sustainable and safe aviation industry and will help position India as a globally competitive aviation and aerospace hub.” This is SCDC’s first foray into the private education sector.

Bangalore was chosen as the location for the campus because it is the country’s aerospace hub, home to Hindustan Aeronautics, the nation’s leading aerospace company, and the Airbus Engineering and Design Centre, Boeing’s Research & Technology Centre, besides several  national research institutes and companies involved in aviation technology, design, maintenance and manufacturing.

CAPA AeroPark satellite academies in New Delhi and Mumbai are scheduled to open in the second half of 2011, with the Bangalore campus opening in 2012.

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