World’s first integrated aviation university in Bangalore
World’s first integrated aviation university and training campus, which will be set up in Bangalore will see an investment of US$125 million. The campus will be developed on a 50 acre site in Bangalore, with satellite academies in Delhi and Mumbai.
In a substantial new Australia-India initiative, Sydney-based Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), the region’s leading aviation knowledge practice, and Subramanya Construction & Development Company (SCDC), a premier Bangalore-based real estate developer, have signed a joint venture agreement to develop CAPA AeroPark. This world first integrated aviation university and training campus, which will see an investment of US$125 million, will be developed on a 50 acre site in Bangalore, with satellite academies in Delhi and Mumbai, the country’s two largest aviation markets. There are plans for further roll-out to other metro cities across India, South Asia and the Gulf.
CAPA AeroPark will offer a university and international standard academies for airline and airport management, pilots, engineers, air traffic controllers, cabin crew and regulators. Each academy will be developed in partnership with the leading global providers in their field. 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.
CAPA AeroPark also has the potential to develop an adjacent aerospace technology and research park in Bangalore, to further enhance cooperation and exchange of knowledge between the facility and industry. “We are excited to launch this new and vital concept in India to support the long term growth of the aviation sector. 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 Mr. Peter Harbison, Group Executive Chairman, CAPA. “CAPA AeroPark is different in that it will only work with the leading global education and training providers.” Bangalore was selected as the location for the campus due to the fact that it is India’s aerospace hub, with strong credentials in education and research and offers a safe, cosmopolitan lifestyle. Mercer Consulting rates Bangalore as having the highest quality of life for expatriates in India, allowing CAPA AeroPark to attract the best international faculty.
Bangalore is home to Hindustan Aeronautics, the nation’s leading aerospace company, the Airbus Engineering and Design Centre, Boeing’s Research & Technology Centre, several major national research institutes and hundreds of companies involved in aviation technology, design, maintenance and manufacturing. Looking to the future, Bangalore will be one of the most important locations on the international aeronautical map.
Mr.K.N.Balasubramanyam, Chairman of the SCDC Group stated that “we are delighted to partner with CAPA to bring this unique project to Bangalore, which will be vital for developing a professional, sustainable and safe aviation industry and will help position India as a globally competitive aviation and aerospace hub.” He added, “this is our first foray into the private education sector and will soon follow with initiatives in healthcare and hospitality”. 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.