New Delhi: In order to provide fillip to the Congress campaign in the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the Union government is all set to modernize and upgrade the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Udan Akademi (IGRUA) at Rae Bareli, the constituency of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

In the meeting of governing council of the IGRUA attended by Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, several decisions pertaining to its modernization and extension have been taken on Friday.

Some prominent decision taken in the meeting includes setting up an International Aviation University in IGRUA premises, facility of helicopter training, and a significant increase in the number of seats in the institute.

In addition to Rahul Gandhi, Congress MP Captain Satish Sharma, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Chairman EK Bharat Bhushan and Joint Secretary Rohit Nandan attended the meeting presided over by Union Civil Aviation Secretary Nasim Zaidi.
Reviewing the performance of IGRUA during the past three years, the decision to increase the number of students from 125 to 200 was taken.

In an effort to upgrade IGRUA, a proposal to set up an International Aviation University in the institute premises has been approved. The University will house all the departments relating to aviation like Aviation Engineering, Aeronautic Applied Meteorology, Aviation Environment Science, MRO, Ground handling.

The facility of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) will also be set up in IGRUA. The institute would be developed as Centre of Excellence. Plans are afoot to start the Helicopter Training Programme on the occasion of IGRUA’s silver jubilee to be celebrated in September.

For this Management Partner Contractor CAE has been entrusted with the task of setting up wing simulators in Delhi. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) will provide the required land to the CAE.