With the aim to create an ecosystem for drone operations in the country, Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia along with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan inaugurated the first drone school in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.
The Chief Minister said that drone technology opens huge technology opportunities for youngsters. He further stated that this drone school is the first drone school in the state and will prove to open employment opportunities in this industry as drones can be used for various purposes.
First Drone Mela at Gwalior
The first drone fair in the country was organised last year in the month of December in Gwalior city of Madhya Pradesh that witnessed the biggest congregation of drone manufacturers, service providers, drone enthusiasts and user communities, especially students, farmers and common man of the city. During the event, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia stated that five Drone Schools will be opened in different cities of Madhya Pradesh including Gwalior, Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur and Satna.
The inauguration of the first drone school in Gwalior is a step towards making advancements in the use of drone technology in Madhya Pradesh.
First Drone Flying School to come up at ITI Shahpur:
With the ever-increasing demand for drones in various sectors, the government has concerted efforts to establish drone schools to bridge the gap. Earlier this month, A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Department of Technical Education of the state government and the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Udan Akademi (IGRUA), an autonomous body functioning under the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, to come up with the first drone school at the Industrial Training Institute at Shahpur in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.
The aim of the school will be to provide a head start in the use of drones to provide employment opportunities to the youngsters.
Evolution of the use of Drones in India:
From delivering medicines/vaccines in the desired community health centres and PHCs to employing Kisan Drones for the crop assessments, land records and spraying of insecticides and nutrients; Drones or Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are playing an essential role in various aspects and the industry is evolving with the ever-emerging needs. In this way, even the SVAMITVA (Survey of villages and mapping with improvised technology in village areas) scheme rolled out for mapping out the Abadi areas to get residents their property cards. The scheme uses Drone technology for surveying the land parcels in a rural inhabited area, thus, showcasing the rapidly expanding use of drones for the development of the country.
In India, the use of all manned or automated aerial vehicles is governed by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Drone Rules 2021:
With the intention to liberalise policy regimes for Drones, the Drone Rules 2021 was introduced with the due suspension of the earlier existing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Rules, notified in March 2021. The Drone Rules were issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation on August 26, 2021. The rules are said to be built on the premise of trust, self-certification and non-intrusive monitoring.
To put it in simple words, the new rules are expected to ease out drone ownership and operation for civilian drone operators in India.