Aerospace engineering as a career option has seen an increased interest from students with a technical background. Sensing this demand, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) plan to expand in the field.
Currently, there are only over 200 seats for aerospace engineering, which is an option available only in four IITs across India. However, the premier institute plans to increase the number sensing a keen interest from students. Aerospace engineering is currently available in IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur and IIT Bombay.
According to IIT faculty, interest in aerospace has increased because it provides a multi-disciplinary approach to students. “It allows for systematic thinking,” says Dr. PVM Rao, Head, central workshop and IDD centre, IIT Delhi. “The aerospace sector has seen an increased demand for qualified engineering talent in the past few years,” he said.
“The best thing about a career in aviation is that students from diverse streams like Chemical, Mechanical, IT have a chance. Because there are many things that go into the making of the airplane and then into its maintenance,” said Professor Rao.
Students showed their interest at the recently held finals of the aeromodelling competition — Boeing — IIT National Aeromodelling Competition at IIT-Delhi. About 800 students from 300 engineering colleges across the country participated in the event, of which 28 made it to the finals held on Saturday. The three winners will get a first-hand experience of the aviation industry.
“The number of students who participate and the sheer talent on display is a testimony to the immense potential of India’s engineering sector. Initiatives like these will help shape the coming generations to be the innovators, who drive India’s aerospace industry,” said Pratyush Kumar, president, Boeing India.
Talking about how competition provides practical experience to students, Professor Rao said, “Platforms like these will motivate students to explore avenues of innovation.”