The government is to establish the country’s first aviation university in a bid to produce more home-grown pilots, aviation scientists and engineers.
Civil Aviation Authority Bangladesh (CAAB) and Bangladesh Air Force will be the driving forces behind “Bangladesh Aviation University”.
“We are planning to found a university that will specialize in the aviation sector,” CAAB Director (flight safety) Wing Commander Chawdhury M Ziaul Kabir said.
“We have already devised a draft plan (and) once established, the university will be the first of its kind in the South Asian region.”
Bangladesh already has five aviation training institutes - Civil Aviation Training Center, Bangladesh Airlines Training Center, Bangladesh Flying Academy, Arirang Aviation, and Galaxy Flying Academy - but prospective pilots must currently enroll at foreign academies or with the air force to receive training.
CAAB Chairman Air Vice-Marshal M Naim Hassan said the initiative is aimed at ensuring proper education and training within Bangladesh and conducting high quality research on aviation.
“Aviation is a booming Industry in our country so we should concentrate on generating more scientists and engineers to accelerate its growth and to ensure safe journeys by air,” he said.