Staff Reporter

Extension centre to come up on the company's campus in Bangalore

BANGALORE: Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) and Honeywell have joined hands to introduce a postgraduate programme (M.Tech) in Avionics through setting up a VTU Extension Centre on the campus of the city-based private firm.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in this regard by VTU Vice-Chancellor K. Balaveera Reddy and Honeywell Managing Director Krishna Mikkilineni.

The programme focuses on creating a pool of highly qualified manpower to address technological issues related to aviation. The extension centre will provide state-of-the-art facilities with cutting edge technology.


A top official of the company said the boom in the aerospace industry had triggered the need for evolving such a programme.

Mr. Reddy spoke of the "Industry-university association" behind the programme emphasising that the tie-up facilitated unparalleled quality education. The programme was a platform to conduct research and train personnel.

Manpower creation

"The objective is to create a pool of qualified and skilled manpower. Based on recent surveys, the deficit in manpower (avionics engineers) is expected to rise from 53 per cent to 87 per cent in three years," he said.

The M.Tech programme in Avionics will cover topics such as Aircraft Communication Systems and Standards, Fault Tolerant Systems, Flight Instrumentation and Flight Management Systems, Surveillance Systems and Propulsion.

The candidates will be enrolled through a Post Graduate Common Entrance Test. VTU and Honeywell have proposed to start an innovation centre to address issues related to business and technology.

It proposes to start cross-disciplinary programmes by instituting scholarships and rolling trophies for students, academia and institutions affiliated to the university.