Patiala: The oldest and only aircraft engineering college amidst the states of Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh is on verge of closure due to non-compliance with the new guidelines issued by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Since the Punjab Aircraft Maintenance and Aeronautical College (PAMAC) is the only engineering institute in the northern part of India, the developments have surprised many who aspired to become aircraft engineers in future.

According to the new guidelines issued by the Central institute DGCA, the college is required to have an aircraft with pressurized jet engine, even if a second hand machine but in a running condition.

Though HB Singh, Principal, PAMAC accepted that the college is witnessing its last session, he refused to comment on the fate of the admissions for the next session for not being authorized to give a statement.

However, the aviation sources claim that the DGCA had repeatedly warned the college to fulfill the set guidelines but in vain. The college recruits retired professionals who are well paid by the government but there is no responsible entity who wishes to run the college in true sense.

Since the state government has refused to spare funds, the college is not able to generate enough resources on its own to meet the expenses. The institute has no other choice than to be shut down.

Initially the engines of Pushpak aircrafts were used for training purposes, but now they have been outdated in lack of technical upgradations.

Meanwhile, Captain Ajay, Administrator, Civil Aviation Department says, “The DGCA has disapproved the admissions for the next session. The college has had a glorious past as many of the pass-outs are earning name at foreign institutes in Europe and North America. But affording a pressurised jet engine aircraft worth Rs 3 crores from fee of just Rs 3 lakhs is a tough task to achieve. The college is seeking tie-ups with other institutes to keep the college running.”

JPN/Bureau