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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Need for setting up Aeronautics Commission

BANGALORE: It is imperative for the country to set up an Aeronautics Commission akin to the Space and Atomic Energy Commission to bring all Aeronautical R & D, Design and manufacturing establishments under one umbrella, Vice Admiral (Retd) Raman Puri said on Wednesday.

Delivering the CSIR Foundation Day lecture at the National Aerospace Laboratories here, Puri said though the government had initiated a number of aeronautics developmental activities in the last few years, "what is badly lacking is a long-term vision and a unified approach from concept definition of a system to its final operational deployment".

"If we recognise that aeronautics is a crucially important activity for India, it is essential to bring in a unified and well-coordinated approach with clear objectives in aeronautical R and D, technology development and design and manufacture of new systems", he said while speaking on 'Strategy for Indigenous Capability Building in Aeronautics'.

The capital intensive nature of aeronautics in India cannot be left entirely to market forces and a deliberate way forward has to be defined for both military and civil aircraft development and manufacture in the country.

This has been recognised for quite some time by the aeronautical community. The Aeronautical Society of India has made a proposal for defining a National Aeronautics Policy and establish an Aeronautics Commission on the lines of the Space and Atomic Energy Commission, he said.

For a variety of reasons, this proposal has not yet been approved but it has recently been revived, he said.

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