Gujarat CM Inaugurates Drone Mantra Lab in Ahmedabad

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Arrangements have been made to provide drone pilot training in 50 ITIs of the state: CM

While inaugurating the National Conference on Drone Technology in Ahmedabad, Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel said that drone technology is a sector which has huge potential to keep progressing further and the state government has premeditated to start various pieces of training through Kaushalya University’s School of Drones to promote it. Adding further, Sh Patel said that arrangements have been made to provide drone pilot training in 50 ITIs of the state for this purpose. It is noteworthy that the CM launched the ‘Drone Mantra’ Lab and inaugurated the national conference organized by the Labour, Skill Development and Employment Department, Government of Gujarat and Kaushalya – The Skill University. The Chief Minister added that drones have become a means to provide delivery services to the doorsteps in remote areas. 

The conference was graced with the presence of the chairman of Quality Council of India, Sh Jaxay Shah, Registrar of Kaushalya – The Skill University, Sh H.R. Suthar, Chief Skill Co-ordinator, Sh P.A. Mistry and other eminent personalities. Along with drone manufacturing, drone training facilities can also be availed in the Drone Mantra Lab, where new uses and research of drones would also be encouraged. The government believes that this way, the youth will also get an opportunity to study drone data analysis and programming courses along with drone manufacturing.

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Present at the conference, Shri Atulkumar Tiwari, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India commented, “The central government is committed to making India a global drone hub by the year 2030. He further said that Gujarat has always been at the forefront. Kaushalya – The Skill University will lead to unparalleled work in the field of drones, Through which we will help in developing the drone sector and bring drone policy in other states as well.”

As per the official communication, over 50 industries working in the field of drones, officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of the central government, officials of the related departments of the state government in the field of drones, researchers, drone startups together with around 400 dignitaries came to participate in the conference.

At the same event, National Drone Hackathon was also unveiled, which would witness the participation from various IITs, NITs, other leading Indian engineering colleges, industries and startups working in the field of drones, presenting their solutions/prototypes for the areas designated for this hackathon.

All the stakeholders have been increasingly focusing on the development and expansion of the drone ecosystem. One such effort has been in the field of agriculture where more and more startups like Garuda Aerospace and ADAMA are rendering drone services to spray seeds and pesticides. A few months back, students from IIT-Guwahati designed smart drones to be used for multiple purposes. 


 

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