This year, a new MTech course in Aviation has been introduced by Pune University, which is focused on training pilots. The two-year MTech (Aviation) course will be offered in collaboration with a top German civil aviation company from the academic year 2013-14.
In a statement issued by the Vice-Chancellor Wasudeo N Gade on Friday i.e. on May 17, 2013 has said that the first six months of the course will be held at Pune University’s department of technology, while the remaining 18 months will be on-site training in Germany, following which the students will get a Pune University’s degree.
The Vice-Chancellor has informed that a formal memorandum of understanding related to the course will be signed in the month of June between the Pune University and the German firm Fashschule Feer Luftahrgeng Fuhres (FFLF). He added that the company is one of the top German aviation firms, next only to Lufthansa. Besides, he mentioned that only engineering graduates will be eligible to apply for the new course, with a proposed initial intake of 24 seats.
Moreover, Mr Gade has mentioned that the course syllabus and related formalities have already been cleared by the university's statutory bodies like the management and the academic councils. After the signing of MoU, the course will start from the impending academic year. He added that they have also approached the director general of civil aviation, the country's aviation regulator, for recognition of the course for the purpose of issuance of pilot's license.
According to Pune University’s Director of Board of University and College Development V B Gaikwad, the newly introduced course will be offered on a credit-based system. He said that the credits accumulated for the 18 month on-site training in Germany will be transferred to the University of Pune to enable the award of a degree.