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India : AAI partners NSDC & NSDF to develop skill in aviation sector.

The State-owned airport operator Airport Authority of India (AAI) has accomplished the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reinforce skill development efforts in the Indian aviation industry with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and National Skill Development Fund (NSDF).

As part of the newly signed tripartite agreement, these three entities will collaborate for skill development initiatives involving the aviation sector.

Adhering to the MoU, the AAI has made pledge for Rs 5.25 crore in CSR funds for the NSDF together with commitments for land and premises to facilitate establishment of skill development centres in India.

The NSDF CEO Rajesh Agarwal has signed the MoU along with the NSDC CEO Jayant Krishna and AAIs Director for India Aviation Academy Rajiv Goel in a formal deal signing ceremony.

The ritual has also been attended by the Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

On the strategic alliance, Minister Raju stated, "As we gear up for a new civil aviation policy, for new avenues that aviation will open up for economic growth of the country, for more new airports, and existing ones becoming active; there has to be a large part of our strategy towards sourcing skilled workforce to make all our plans successful. Our plans can be the most well thought out plans, but we need trained and certified people to execute those plans. Any vibrant program needs a skilled workforce."

The Civil Aviation Minister added, "Our partnership with Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship through this MoU signing between AAI, NSDC and NSDF will certainly help us ready that workforce from right now. In this way, we are investing back into our sector's and the country's brighter future."

Mr. Rudy has expressed his delight over this contribution made by the aviation industry, and added, "The Aviation Sector has seen some good traction in the skill ecosystem. It is estimated that by 2035, the Indian Civil Aviation sector would employ 8 to 10 lakh personnel directly and another 3 lakh indirectly. To cater to this requirement, we introduced a new Sector Skill Council exclusively for preparing a job ready workforce for the Aerospace & Aviation Sector, last year."

He also stated, "We have skilled more than 1.04 crore youth last year in 2015-16 which is an incremental growth by 36.8 per cent from the previous year. With contributions like these we are certain that we will be able to bring speed and scale along with standards to skill initiatives in the nation."

Addressing the gathering at the event, the MSDE Secretary Rohit Nandan disclosed, "Skill India is the largest human resource exercises that has ever happened till now and it is imperative that we together develop a vision for convergence across all stakeholders in the country to achieve this goal of skilling 40.2 crore people in the country."

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Date:Jun 10, 2016
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