I would like to share my thoughts with you on the issue of HRD in Aviation in India and the role played by the Aeronautical Society of India in this endeavour. HRD has always been a prime factor in the field of Aviation. Recognizing this, the Government of India has constituted various committees in the past for purposes of sustaining and enhancing appropriate HRD in Aviation in India.
In 1963–64, the Dhawan Committee reviewed Aeronautical Education in India, in the wake of which several educational institutions in India started UG and PG courses in Aeronautical Engineering. In 1967, the Subramaniam Committee reviewed the entire field of Aeronautical Education in a holistic fashion. The Committee emphasized proper HRD in Aeronautical Education for the planned development of Aeronautical Industry in India in 1977. The Ramachandran Committee critically reviewed the then existing educational facilities in Aeronautical Education in India. After that the Valluri Committee was constituted as a standing/Coordination body to ensure effective implementation of the recommendations of the Subramaniam Committee.
The vision and the mission for HRD in Aviation, envisaged by the Aeronautical Society of India, has really been complementary and supplementary to the conventional HRD pattern in vogue in the Academic Institutions. Right from its inception, the Society has been deeply concerned with this matter.
Its aim has been the establishment of a good parallel route to upgrade the academic standards of practising engineers and technicians already working in Aircraft Industry, Defence Services, Airline Operators, etc., In October 1953, the Aeronautical Society of India conducted, for the first time, its examination for the Associate Membership and Associate Fellowship Certificates, after carefully framing the curricula and syllabi for the same. In 1959, the A.M.Ae.S.I. was recognized by the Government of India as equivalent to a Degree in Aeronautical Engineering. The Government Order to this effect immensely helped the A.M.Ae.S.I. holders, not only in their enhancement in employment, but also in their taking up PG studies, both inland and abroad. In 1996, the Society commenced the distribution of Degree Certificates during its AGMs. In 1997, the curriculum and the syllabus for the A.M.Ae.S.I. examination were revised and submitted for approval to the MHRD and also to the AICTE.
Unfortunately, some bottlenecks have been encountered some time back by the Society in its efforts to enhance and properly establish HRD in Aviation in India. It is fervently hoped that these impediments will be removed through proper discussions with the appropriate authorities. At this stage, it is strongly felt that there is a dire need for the Aeronautical Society of India to revisit the vision and mission in regard to the A.M.Ae.S.I. examination. It is suggested that the Society constitutes a High Level Committee to examine this matter and generate a report to be put up to the Council of the Society for its implementation. I wish you all the very best in all your endeavours in Aviation!