Hyderabad and Dream of Aeronautics

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The state government of Hyderabad had once decided to make Hyderabad the hub of aerospace technology and overhaul.

The dream was too big and the state government performance was never at such level that something like this could be understood.

At last, same happened that was expected, neither the state produced the proper number of aeronautical engineers in contrast with international standards nor they arranged and developed the faculty that could fulfill their dream.

This official aim has the worse example of negligence and the things have been slipped away from the hands of governments.

Five years ago, the colleges in city that were offering the aeronautical engineering courses have been reduced to four from the number of ten.

The skill gap study- that was conducted by the Telangana academy of skills and knowledge (TASK) showed that in the colleges that teach the aeronautical engineering courses, 85 % of the faculty members have never touched the aircraft engine and they also did not see ever the aero parts. The study revealed that most of the M. Tech fresh pass outs are working as assistant professors in colleges.

Not only this one, other colleges are also closing the offerings for the aeronautical courses. The reason for this is the inability to find the placement for graduates. The state that was offering 1000 seats some years ago, now admission offering for just 300 seats.

According to the study, 70 % of the final years under graduation students have never been on industrial visit. This is alarming and complete failure of the institutions.

The reports also says that students who  pass out prefer the built career in design as Hyderabad is the hub of ITes, but the students don’t have the knowledge of basic tools like MATLAB, VB scripting, Pro E, flow master etc.

Apart from the colleges that have closed the offerings for the course, the colleges that are offering have reduced their seats for the next academic session.

The head of department of aeronautical engineering in Marri Laxmi institute of technology said that we have reduced the seat from 120 to just 60 because the students do not prefer to do aeronautical engineering.

He also said that not only this institution, all four that remain reduce their intake by half.

He added that due to the shortage of the manpower, the aeronautical companies are preferring mechanical engineers over aeronautical ones.

The study said that there is no access of students to the required lab equipment and the shortage of the course material are the real barrier for the dream of becoming aerospace hub. Both these things are very necessary but costly.

The CEO of TASK said that leave the student, the faculty needs to be exposed to the industry first as most of them have not known to the industry practices.

He said that after this report, we have sent some faculty members at one day orientation course at Pratt and Whitney's centre at GMR airport. He added that efforts are also been made to collaborate with Embry Riddle University to share their online courses.

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