IIT Guwahati launches India’s largest drone pilot training organisation

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Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IIT Guwahati) in collaboration with EduRade, a brand owned by RC HobbyTech Solutions Pvt. Ltd., and incubated at IIT Guwahati Research Park, have launched India’s largest Remote Pilot Training Organization (RPTO), spanning across 18 acres and boasting the capability to fly 9 medium-class drones simultaneously.

The primary objective of this RPTO is to promote the advancement of drone technology in India, the institute said in a statement.

Initially, the RPTO will introduce a DGCA-Certified Medium Class Drone Pilot Training Course, tailored to enhance the skills of youth in North East and other regions of India.

It will also cater specifically to women from self-help groups (SHGs) engaged in agriculture, identified under the Namo Drone Didi Yojna.

Upon completion of the course, students will be awarded a Remote Pilot Certificate (RPC) sanctioned by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Government of India. This certification will authorize them to legally operate drones and pursue a career as Certified Drone Pilots.

“IIT Guwahati is currently hosting a groundbreaking drone training initiative tailored for diverse defense personnel. This innovative three-month training program, a first-of-its-kind, is specifically designed for Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and other officers, aiming to modernize the operations of the armed forces,” it said.

“The program emphasizes comprehensive training on various aspects of drone technologies, including pilot training, software operations, and applications. Participants will benefit from an exhaustive curriculum aimed at preparing them for post-retirement career options, equipping them with the necessary knowledge, perception, and vision to excel in the dynamic drone industry or pursue endeavors as technology entrepreneurs,” it added.

The IITG-RPTO plans to launch a diverse range of drone-based courses aimed at catering to various skill levels and interests, thereby ensuring comprehensive education and upskilling opportunities for individuals.

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