Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Ashok Gajapathi Raju has said that with the Centre striving to make a ‘Skill India’, skill development and training was a priority on a continuous basis and without a specific timeline.
“Training is important. Quality and professionalism in operations and service give an airline its name – good or bad. Only Air India and Jet Airways are known for their focus on training and those that have exclusive centres for training,” he told presspersons during a visit to Air India’s Central Training Establishment (CTE) here on Monday, reports The Hindu.
The CTE, set up in 1971, currently trains its pilots, cabin crew and engineering staff primarily for serving on Airbus 320 aircraft had a chequered past. “It has had its highs and lows, ups and downs. But if it gets some more faculty members, it has the potential to train other airline personnel too. So the endeavour now is to chalk out plans directed at making the best use of the vast facility,” he said. Dwelling on the organisation post the merger of the Indian Airlines and Air India in 2007, he said Air India, as it is now called, was becoming more visible than it was in the past. On the challenges that they faced, Mr. Raju said seniors needed to take active part in training personnel. “I see myself as a motivator. We have the best professionals in the world. But the gap between what we are capable of achieving and where we are, needs to be narrowed,” he stated.