There’s always a time in our lives when we wanted to fly like a bird—didn’t we? Well, although most of us have managed to forget this “illogical” dream with every passing day, some people still managed to go ahead with it as a result of which we got aero-planes, fighter planes, rockets and what not—in short, we got a different stream of studies called “aeronautics”.
Aeronautics is a neologism borrowed from two Greek words “aer”, which means ‘air’, and “nautike” which means ‘navigation’. This stream of studies is quite famous in India too, and numerous institutions offer aeronautical engineering as a full time degree course. This list discusses a few of the best aeronautical studies institution in India—
7. Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh
Established in 1962, PEC University of Technology’s Department of Aerospace Engineering is one of the oldest institutions to offer a 4-year full time Bachelor’s degree course in Aerospace Engineering (B.E. in Aero Engg). With newer and innovate equipments, instruments and technique, along with a dedicated faculty, the department seems to be reaching higher scales with every passing year. The minimum requirement for entrance is 10+2 pass with a pure science background.
6. Academy of Aerospace and Aviation, Indore
The Academy of Aerospace and Aviation is comparatively a newer institution on block and offers a three years full time undergraduate course on Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) Mechanical or Avionics. In order to get through the institution, you need to have a 10+2 pass certificate with at least 50% marks in aggregate as well as in Mathematics and Physics respectively. The academy is a vision of Umesh Kumar Ranjan, an eminent engineering and an educationist.
5. Nehru College of Aeronautical and Applied Science, Coimbatore
This institution is one of a kind which is wholly dedicated towards studies in different aspects of aeronautics. The institution offers courses in three streams—B. Sc, A.M.E and M.B.A; the first stream offers two regular 3 years full time courses on Aeronautical Science and Aircraft Maintenance Science while the second offers three types of courses (3 years each) on Mechanical Stream (Helicopter), Mechanical Stream (Heavy Aero plane) and Avionics stream. They have also got a 2-year regular MBA course in Airline and Airport Management. The eligibility criterion is 10+2 pass with a decent score in Maths and Physics for the first two streams while for the MBA, a 50% scorecard in UG is required with a MAT/CAT scorecard.
4. Hindustan Institute of Engineering and Technology, Chennai
Situated in Chennai, the institute’s Aviation College is regarded as one of the best in India and offers an array of courses of Aeronautics education. They have on offer a degree in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Mechanical Stream), AME (Avionics stream), B.Sc in AME and B.Sc in avionics. All the courses are of 3 years duration, and apart from the regular 10+2 pass certificate with PCM combination, the students must also pass a medical test held by the institute.
3. VSM Aerospace Chelekere Village, Bangalore
Located in Bangalore, the institution offers a B.Tech degree in Aeronautical Engineering. However, since the institute is affiliated to two different universities, you have two choices regarding which degree you want—you can either opt for one from Aeronautical Society of India or from the Karnataka State Open University. The eligibility criterion is 10+2 pass with PCM background. They also offer diploma courses in collaboration with Janardan Rai Nagar Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University.
2. Indian Institute of Aeronautical Engineering, Dehradun
One of the foremost and prestigious institutions of India in aeronautics, IIME is a Government aided institution which offers a B.E Degree in Aircraft Engineering (WCU) with Aircraft Maintenance Engineering. The duration is 3 years while the course fee is around 96,000 for a year. The entrance is based on merit where you need to have at least 50% marks in your 10+2 with PCM. They also offer a combined BS+MS degree, B.Sc degrees and 2 years engineering degree with pilot training as well.
1. Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur, Kharagpur, Chennai, Mumbai)
Nothing can beat in the curriculum, course structure and other facilities that this prestigious institution provides to its students. The Department of Aerospace Engineering in these branches are the best in India and provides B.Tech, M.Tech and even PhD degrees on the same. The entrance is based on an all-India test, the minimum qualification for which is 10+2 graduate with 50% marks in PCM and in aggregate. The institution provides excellent placement opportunities to all its candidates.