Inauguration of India’s first aviation university’s, RGNAU Postponed

The inauguration of India’s first aviation university in Uttar Pradesh has been postponed. It was scheduled for 18 August.

“The inauguration has been put on hold due to some unknown reasons. The next date is yet to be announced,” an RGNAU official informed.

Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University (RGNAU) is at Fursatganj in Rae Bareli district. It was supposed to be inaugurated in the presence of chief minister Yogi Adityanath, civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, his deputy Jayant Sinha and Congress vice-president and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi, among others.


Highlights of RGNAU 

1. Was planned as an autonomous body under the administrative control of the ministry of civil aviation

2. Aims to facilitate and promote aviation studies, teaching, training and research

3. Centre had sanctioned Rs145 crore for main works and Rs37 crore for interior furnishing of the varsity

4. Was planning the launch of its flagship programme in 2018 at its campus in Fursatganj

5. Air vice-marshal (retired) Nalin Tandon was appointed as the vice-chancellor

6. A number of management development programmes have also been planned to be conducted in subsequent year.

7. Cabinet had in 2013 given its approval to the proposal for setting up of the university

More plans at RGNAU

In line with its objective of promoting aviation teaching and training, RGNAU has signed an MoU with GMR Aviation Academy for joint PG diploma in aviation/ airport operations. This is an employability-oriented programme focused at providing trained manpower to the industry informed the officials. The university is also planning to launch an MBA programme in aviation management in the near future. Officials added that RGNAU shall also be affiliating colleges/ institutes for B.Sc. (Hons.) in aircraft maintenance.

Fursatganj lies at the border of Rae Bareli and Amethi, and thus a University here will mean benefit to the students of both districts.

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