According to officials, the northeast now has its first remote pilot training school in Guwahati, as part of the central government’s effort to make India a hub for drone technology. For the project, the Assam Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (AMTRON) has collaborated with EduRade, a start-up incubated at IIT-Guwahati, and the IIM-Calcutta Innovation Park. On August 9, Assam’s Information Technology Minister Keshab Mahanta inaugurated the drone school.
“Youths, after getting training from experts, can work anywhere in the country and in any sector,” he said.
The school will have trainers certified by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for conducting the pilot licence training program.
The facility has been set up at Tech City here, with its flying ground at the Assam Forest School in Jalukbari.
AMTRON has acquired two micro category (not over 2 kg) and two small category (2-25 kg) indigenous drones for the training purpose, the officials said. The first DGCA-approved drone training school in India was inaugurated in Haryana in 2021.