Airbus to Set up Aerospace Centre at GSV University

Airbus has announced its plan to establish a Centre of Excellence and a Chair Professor for aerospace studies at the Vadodara-based Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya. Under this initiative, it has become India's first university effort entirely reserved for the development of skilled professionals in the Transportation Sector.

Added to this partnership, Airbus shall also offer annual scholarships to a few under-privileged and meritorious engineering students apart from helping the university develop an endtoend aerospace curriculum. This shall also include regular academic courses alongside executive programmes. The all-encompassing agreement with GSV forms one of the core platforms of Airbus' CSR initiatives aimed at developing a pipeline of skilled aviation professionals in India.

The announcement of this Airbus-GSV partnership was made in the presence of prominent officials, including Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Hon'ble Minister of Railways; Shri Kinjarapu Rammohan Naidu, Hon'ble Minister of Civil Aviation; and Shri Ravneet Singh Bittu, Hon'ble Minister of State for Railways, besides other senior government officials.

Emi Maillard, President and Managing Director, Airbus in India and South Asia, said, "It is a ground-breaking partnership between the industry and academia to support the development of a strong pool of professionals who will empower the future of India's transport sector, especially aviation. This would be a different success story of the Government of India's 'Skill India' programme".

Prof. Manoj Choudhary, Vice Chancellor, GSV, expressed enthusiasm for this collaboration. "The first-ever partnership between Airbus and GSV shall take forward, significantly the vision of the university to be an industry-driven and an innovation-led university. It also defines a template for industry-academia collaboration in India". The GSV is also extremely grateful to Airbus for its very substantial contribution towards regular education and Executive Education programmes that can enable the growth of an entire sector in India through the creation of superior human resources, skilling, and cutting-edge research.

The Airbus-GSV Centre of Excellence, with a vision to transform the transport scenes in the country and globally, will therefore make active contributions toward stimulating organic research and innovation initiatives as well as comprehensive capacity-building endeavors in these two strategically important sectors. Airbus will support the centre's infrastructure development and critical equipment needs. In addition, Airbus will offer technology solutions for the training and research programs aimed at making GSV students more employable.

Furthering the cause of education for all, Airbus will be funding 40 meritorious and underprivileged students who have a desire to further their education in aviation engineering-related courses. The company will fully sponsor the fees for the entire period. Of these scholarships, 33 percent will be purely reserved for the female students in order to bring in gender diversity in this sector.

Moreover, Airbus and GSV would appoint a Guest Chair Professor who will play a lead role in establishing the Centre of Excellence and developing undergraduate and postgraduate aerospace programs. It would offer short-term executive programs in areas like Safety Management, Flight Data Analysis, and Air Cargo Management to aviation professionals. Airbus will also work towards enabling many more collaborations between GSV and International institutions that are leaders in their field and industry forums. This collaboration comes after a memorandum of understanding inked between GSV and Airbus in 2023.

GSV, established in 2022 by an act of Parliament, is envisioned to be a leader or embracer in transport education in India. It has the mandate that uniquely creates a resource pool of professionals of world-class excellence for the whole sector of transportation pertaining to technology, management, and policy. This threatens to have GSV's demand-driven curriculum based on teaching by the multidisciplinary nature, executive training, and research with an eye toward industry needs.