Garuda Aerospace, India’s leading drone manufacturer, and Kaushalya – The Skill University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost drone technology education in India. Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji and Chief Minister Bhupendrabhai Patelji have championed the cause of making India self-reliant through skill development, and this partnership aligns with that vision.
Under the terms of the MoU, Garuda Aerospace commits to providing Kaushalya – The Skill University with 10 small category agricultural drones, valued at approximately Rs 1 crore. These drones will be utilised for specialised training programs in agriculture, contributing to skill development in this crucial sector. Furthermore, Garuda Aerospace will offer mentorship support for drone technology to students and start-ups associated with the university.
The collaboration extends beyond hardware support. Garuda Aerospace will provide the services of technical experts in the field of drones through online and offline channels. The company will also engage in collaborative research, indigenization, and product development with university faculties. In a bid to bridge the gap between training and employment, Garuda Aerospace will extend placement support to trainees undergoing drone training through the “Bharat Drone Association.”
“We are honoured to align with the visionary goals of Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji fostering innovation and self-reliance. This collaboration signifies our commitment to contributing to the skill development landscape, empowering the youth, and realising the larger vision of a self-reliant India. We look forward to synergising our efforts with Kaushalya – The Skill University and contributing to the nation’s progress in the field of drone technology.
Recognizing the immense potential and youthful dynamism in Vibrant Gujarat, we are excited about the prospect of positioning the state as the Drone Hub of India. Our enthusiasm stems from the collaborative efforts to equip the younger generation with vital drone skills, aligning seamlessly with our vision for substantial employment growth.
Prime Minister Modiji’s visionary initiative, involving the launch of 100 drones in 100 areas and his commitment to deploying 1 lakh drones in the next two years, underscores the rapid expansion of the drone industry. This ambitious goal necessitates the training of 1 lakh pilots, and Gujarat is well-poised to make a significant contribution—10% to the total Drone Pilot community. This development marks a pivotal step in propelling Gujarat to the forefront of the burgeoning drone technology landscape, and we are proud to play a role in this transformative journey.” said Agnishwar Jayaprakash, Founder and CEO, Garuda Aerospace.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is signed between Kaushalya – The Skill University, Govt. of Gujarat, was formally signed in the esteemed presence of the Honourable Minister for Industry Small, Micro, and Medium Industries Kutir, Khadi, and Village Industries Civil Aviation Labour and Employment, Shri Balvantsinh Rajput. The signing ceremony involved Mr. H.R. Suthar (IAS retd), representing Kaushalya – The Skills University, and Dr. Vijayakumar Rajarathinam, Chief Operating Officer of Garuda Aerospace Private Limited, Chennai.
Under the presence of Dr. Anju Sharma, Additional Chief Secretary of the Department of Labour, Skill Development and Employment, along with Mr. Pankaj Mistry, Chief Skill Coordinator at Kaushalya – The Skill University, marked significant participation in the event.
This strategic partnership symbolises a shared commitment to empowering the youth with cutting-edge skills and fostering innovation in the field of drone technology. Kaushalya – The Skill University and Garuda Aerospace look forward to a collaborative journey that will contribute significantly to India’s self-reliance in the domain of skill development.