Streamline AME schools, DGCA told

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Venugopal asks airlines to give priority to youngsters in posting

Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation K.C. Venugopal has asked the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to streamline Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) schools across the country and to bring to book the erring schools.

Launching the maiden awareness workshop organised by the DGCA in the country to prevent the students from being taken for a ride by the AME schools, here on Friday, the Minister said the prospectuses being issued by the schools were silent on the mandatory DGCA examination.

Pointing out that over 2,000 AME students had approached the Ministry with complaints that the job prospects were bleak, Mr. Venugopal said exorbitant fees were being collected from students by the schools which lacked infrastructure facilities to mould them to the needs of the airline industry.

Listing out the problems faced by the AME students, the Minister said institutes which run on commercial lines could not be promoted. The qualified and technically sound students passing out from the schools should get jobs and they should get opportunity to display their excellence.

Mr. Venugopal said the FDI in the aviation sector would bring in more development and airlines into the country. “Quality personnel are needed and the black sheep in the AME schools should be identified and isolated,” he said.

The institutes should also upgrade the facilities, use the latest technology and help improve the standards, he said.

Chief Secretary and former DGCA, E.K. Bharatbhushan, said as many as 12,000 students who had passed out from the AME schools were looking for jobs in the airlines and MRO. Many were taken for a ride by the advertisements in the media.

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