Job opportunities were abound in the aviation and hospitality sectors in the liberalised environment today, speakers said at a passing out ceremony organised here jointly by the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Career Development (IECD) of Bharathidasan University and Gavin Air Crew Academy, Coimbatore.

With many private airlines entering the country's aviation sector, the employment prospects for students had increased in various areas in this sector, they said at the function during which certificates were distributed to 65 students who had completed Advanced Diploma in Aviation, Hospitality and Travel Management course, according to a press release issued here. The one-year advanced diploma course was conducted jointly by the Gavin Air Crew Academy, and the IECD of Bharathidasan University.

The Airport Controller, Tiruchi Airport, S. Dharmaraj said aviation sector witnessed a sea change once the open sky policy was announced by the Central government. Stating aviation was a service industry, Mr. Dharmaraj said, employment opportunities in different areas of this sector had increased over the years. There were lot of openings in the aviation cargo field, he said while exhorting students to make the best use of the opportunity.

The Station Manager, Air India, Tiruchi Airport, T.H. Radhakrishnan said the overall passenger traffic (domestic and international) in the aviation sector had registered a growth during 2009-10 adding that the domestic aviation market was also booming. Plans were afoot to organise a Buyer – Seller meet in Tiruchi in October during which leading foreign airlines and tour operators were expected to participate, he added.

Distributing certificates to students, the Vice Chancellor of Bharathidasan University, M. Ponnavaikko, said the advanced diploma course in aviation and hospitality offered from 2009-10 onwards had enabled many rural students to secure employment in the aviation and hospitality sectors with a good salary package.

He said students should not to have any inferiority complex and develop self confidence besides enhancing their skills in order to come out with flying colours. The Director, IECD, K. Parthasarathy, R. Gavaskar, Director, Gavin Air Crew Academy, Coimbatore and V. Parthasarathy, Manager, Tauras Aviation, Tiruchi participated.

The release also added of the 65 students who had completed advanced diploma in aviation, hospitality and travel management, 55 were placed in airports, hotel industries and travel agencies in South India. Appointment orders were also distributed to the selected students on the occasion.