India’s first Aviation Multi Skill Development Centre (MSDC) was launched at Chandigarh Airport’s old terminal. The Centre is a CSR initiative of Airports Authority of India (AAI) and will initially train 2,360 students free of cost in three years.
The Centre was established in collaboration with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). It is supported by Aerospace and Aviation Sector Skill Council (AASSC) of India. It will impart training based on course curriculum and assessments designed by AASSC in accordance with National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF). It will train about 2,400 youth and women in 8 aviation job roles over next 3 years.
Demand for aviation skilled personnel is rising commensurately in India with boom in civil aviation sector witnessed in last 3-4 years. In the coming few years, more than 900 new aircraft are expected to be inducted by Indian scheduled airlines. Air connectivity for both passenger transport and air freight is increasing with new air routes and operationalisation of unserved and underserved airports through UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). With this, aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and ground-handling demands for skilled personnel are also rising in tandem.