Indian drone company to work with local university

Keen to have the country take control of the drone value chain from design to the final sale, Indian drone manufacturer Garuda Aerospace has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Gujarat-based Kaushalya – The Skill University.

According to the two signatories, the purpose of the MoU is to boost drone technology education in India and expedite its drive towards self-reliance.

And with a neighbour like China – which boasts of the biggest drone manufacturer in the world by a country mile, there can really be no better inspiration.

Under the terms of the MoU, Garuda Aerospace will provide the university with ten small category agricultural drones, valued at approximately, which will be utilised for specialised training programs in agriculture, contributing to skill development.

“We are honoured to align with the visionary goals of Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji fostering innovation and self-reliance,” said Agnishwar Jayaprakash, Founder and CEO, Garuda Aerospace.

“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.

“Recognising 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.”

Aside from donating the drones, Garuda Aerospace will also offer mentorship support for drone technology to students and start-ups associated with the university. The drone maker will also provide the services of technical experts in the field of drones through online and offline channels.

Additionally, the two parties also engage in collaborative research, indigenisation, and product development and – to bridge the gap between training and employment, Garuda Aerospace will extend placement support to trainees undergoing drone training through the “Bharat Drone Association.”

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,” Jayaprakash went on.

“Prime Minister Modiji’s visionary initiative, involving the launch of one hundred drones in one hundred areas and his commitment to deploying one lakh (one hundred thousand) drones in the next two years, underscores the rapid expansion of the drone industry.

“This ambitious goal necessitates the training of one lakh pilots, and Gujarat is well-poised to make a significant contribution — to percent 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.”

Garuda went on to say their strategic partnership – a symbol of a shared commitment to empowering the youth with cutting-edge skills and fostering innovation in the field of drone technology – was hopeful of a collaborative journey that would contribute significantly to India’s journey towards self-reliance in the domain of skills development.

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