Inaugurating 'NAMS 2013', a two-day seminar on aerospace manufacturing organised by the Society of Aerospace Manufacturing Engineers (SAME) here, he said public and private players should go hand-in-hand to produce more quality indigenous aerospace products.
"An internationally acceptable certification system is necessary. We need a standard accreditation system which other countries accept. A benchmark should be established for our products," he said.
India had all the potential to overcome the challenges in the sector. "If a developing nation like Brazil could develop an aircraft why couldn’t we do that," he asked.
Stating that the right use of skilled man power was necessary for the progress of the industry, he pointed out that around five lakh enginners were passing out in the country annually but majority of them opt professions that did not required engineering skills.
He also noted that many leading industrial groups like Tata, Mahindra and Mahindra and Hero had begun to pay attention to aerospace sector and collaborative efforts of public and private players would help to give a boost in the sector.
Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre S Ramakrishnan, in his presidential address, said manpower attrition was one of the major challeges faced by the aerospace sector in the country.
Despite all the challeges and shortcomings, the efforts of domestic material and manufacturing experts had helped the country attain self-reliance in many areas, including in developing vehicle components and hardware of launch vehicles, he added.


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