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August 30, 2009

Air India to set up aviation institute in Shillong

SHILLONG, Aug 30 – Air India has agreed to set up a state-of-the-art Aviation Training Academy here in the State capital.

In a meeting at the Union Capital yesterday between Union Minister of State for Water Resources, Vincent H Pala, Chief Minister DD Lapang and other delegates from Meghalaya and Arvind Jadhav, CMD Air India, the decision to set up the training centre was taken.

It was decided that Air India would establish the world class Aviation Training Centre in Shillong for which the State Government would provide 12 acres of land. It is expected that after completion of the course in aviation around 600 students would get job placements.

The Meghalaya delegation also requested Jadhav that an Air India call centre is set up in the State capital to which the Air India CMD promised to look into. Jadhav is expected to visit the State capital next month to take the talks further.

Meanwhile, Air India is also considering operating flights between Kolkata-Shillong and Kolkata-Tura to help promote the State as a major tourist destination.

Jadhav said Air India was keen to promote further the tourism developmental activities undertaken by the State Government by providing better air connectivity between the State and the rest of the country. ASSAM TRIBUNE

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