Chandigarh: With a view to provide an opportunity to the students for exploring their future option in growing aerospace and aviation sector, YMCA University of Science and Technology, Faridabad has signed an MoU with leading Aircraft Engine Manufacturing Company, Pratt and Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation.
The University became the first Institute in the State to introduce a programme in Aerospace and Aviation specialisation with Industrial Partnership. This partnership aims at facilitating the growth of an aviation ecosystem in India by helping in creation of an industry ready talent pool through a number of skill development programs and initiatives.
Present on the occasion were Vice Chancellor Prof. Dinesh Kumar, Dean (Institutions) Dr. Sandeep Grover, Chairman – Mechanical Engineering Dr. Tilak Raj, Palash Roy Chowdhury, Managing Director – India, Pratt and Whitney, Amit Pathak, General Manager, Customer Training Centre – India, Pratt and Whitney.
A two-day Industry Technical Workshop organised by Industrial Relations Cell of the University on ‘Introduction to Aircraft Engines and Systems’ was also inaugurated on this occasion which was coordinated by Dr Jyoti Verma, Director, Industrial Relations. Amit Pathak, General Manager, Pratt and Whitney India Training Centre (PWITC), Hyderabad was also present on this occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dinesh Kumar appreciated the efforts made by the Industry Relations Cell for making such industrial tie-up for the promotion of excellence in higher studies and motivation of students. ‘The University acknowledges the support that Pratt and Whitney has offered towards augmenting the academic resources of the University in the area of aerospace and aviation and we encourage such kinds of collaboration for the benefit of our students.
“In alignment with the ‘Skill India’ initiative of the Government, this partnership shall enable a more practical learning experience for our students and make them industry ready for the exciting job opportunities opening up in the aerospace and aviation sectors,’’ he added. The Vice-Chancellor said that with this collaboration, the University would further explore the possibilities of developing and launching a BE/BTech course with Aerospace/Aviation specialization in the future.
Speaking about this announcement, Palash Roy Chowdhury, Managing Director – India, Pratt and Whitney said “India has emerged as the fastest growing aviation market globally today thanks to growth of low cost carriers as well as industry friendly policies of the government. In support of the Indian government’s initiative on ‘Skill India’ we are delighted to partner with YMCA University of Science and Technology, Faridabad to drive the skill development initiatives in the aviation and aerospace sector in the country.
Through this partnership, we aim to create a talent pool of highly skilled and trained technical professionals to support the significant growth projected in the aviation sector in the coming decade. This alliance will also help in bridging the gap in the availability of skilled manpower in the aerospace and aviation sectors”
Prof Sandeep Grover, Dean (Institutions) said that YMCA is known for its quality students and placement record. The University has achieved major milestones in a short span of time including accredited with Grade-A by NAAC and has ranked amongst the top Government Engineering Institutions in the state as per the latest ranking of NIRF-2017.
Dr Tilak Raj, Chairman of Mechanical Engineering Department said that the university has introduced an elective subject on ‘Aircraft Operations and Maintenance’ for B Tech students in 3rd semester from the current academic session. Under the faculty development programme, five faculty members from Mechanical Engineering Department would attend a week long training programme on basic skills in aircraft repair and maintenance at Pratt and Whitney India Training Centre (PWITC), Hyderabad.
This joint initiative will allow Pratt and Whitney and YMCA University of Science and Technology to explore short–term executive development programs aimed at developing skill and talent needs of the aviation ecosystem and thereby supporting “Make in India” initiatives of the Government of India. Further, the memorandum also aims at developing customised elective courses that will be offered alongside existing university curriculum to better prepare students for the opportunities in the aerospace and aviation sectors.
The partnership will also provide industry exposure to students and faculty through internships, industrial trainings; value added courses through Virtual Reality (VR) technology, guest lectures and workshops conducted by aerospace industry experts.
It may be noted that Pratt and Whitney has a worldwide large commercial engine maintenance, repair and overhaul network. The company supplies engines to the 25% of the world’s passenger Aircraft fleet. It has a long and distinguished record of providing top-of-the line military engines to 31 armed forces around the world which includes F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II, as well as the C-17 Globemaster III military transport and Boeing’s KC-46 Tanker. In 1960, when Air-India rolled-out its first Boeing 707 aircraft, it got powered by Pratt and Whitney’s JT-3D Engines.