Aviation industry beckons ‘high-fliers'


Despite the economic slowdown, the aviation industry has undergone a paradigm shift and is regaining its momentum, especially in the Asia Pacific region including India

The global economic recession has brought many challenges to the aviation industry. But despite the slowdown, the industry has undergone paradigm shift over the years, especially in the Asia Pacific region including India. Indian aviation has recorded over 23 per cent growth just prior to the economic meltdown.

Experts at the Centre for Air Space and Law, NALSAR University of Law, feel that there is no doubt that the present setback is only a temporary phase and there is ample evidence that the industry is regaining its momentum by and by albeit bouncing back at a higher rate where it was left. The estimated growth rate of this industry in India and Asia Pacific is over 8 per cent and in that India is poised to grow at 7.8 per cent per annum close to China's expected growth of 8 per cent plus.

Head of Centre for Air Space and Law, NALSAR, V. Balakista Reddy, feels that the airline sector is in need of airline managers, business development managers, marketing managers, safety and security managers, operations managers, international relations manager, aviation law experts, air transport managers, human relations managers, finance managers and environmentalists. Similarly, the airport and aerospace sectors need hundreds of such professional managers to meet the day to day managerial activities. In tune with the development, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, in collaboration with Institute of Applied Aviation Management (IAAM), Calicut will continue to impart its Post Graduate Diploma in Aviation Law and Air Transport Management.

Justifying the uniqueness of the course, the professor says, “If you look at the job profile, for every position in the aviation sector, the most desirable qualification is one with specialisation in aviation law and air transport management. This is due to the fact that this qualification gives an individual a comprehensive knowledge and practices of the aviation sector. Undoubtedly this unique qualification will provide a distinctive advantage to the participants to get higher placements in the sector, both in India and abroad.” The diploma programme was earlier launched in centres like Bangalore, Kozhikode and Hyderabad and this year it will be extended to Kolkata, Chandigarh, Delhi and Mumbai.

According to Dr. Reddy, the NALSAR-IAAM tie up institutionalises the academic-industry partnerships in the domains of air transport management and aviation law. “While some of the aviation management programmes may include aviation law as a subject, in this programme the students become aviation law experts, certified by a leading law university, this also gives a rare opportunity for lawyers to get a rare specialisation in aviation law, while becoming an air transport management expert,” says he.

The programme is divided into two streams: One for working executives and the other for the aviation enthusiasts. It is a blended version-mix of onsite and online sessions, lasting one year in two semesters.

While in the first semester the focus will be on advance airport management and international laws; the second semester will focus on advanced airline management and national and international laws and aviation laws, including a dissertation on a selected topic.

The sessions will include case study, project assignment and e-learning through web platform during the online sessions.

The minimum eligibility is bachelor's degree in any discipline, subject to an interview and group discussion.

Dr. Reddy informs that based on the merit, there will be an ‘On Job Training' lasting for a month or two at airports or airlines in India or UAE.

The travel, accommodation expenses are to be borne by the students, however, visa for UAE will be provided by NALSAR and IAAM.

Examinations will be conducted by NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad for the award of certificates.

Fee structure

For the executive programme: A consolidated fee of Rs. 50,000, with an option to pay in two instalments of Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 20,000.

For the regular PGDALATM: A consolidated fee of Rs. 60,000 with an option to pay in two instalments of Rs. 40,000 and Rs. 20,000.