In a bid to further the cause of offering state-of-the-art facilities for aviation and aerospace related studies, ground was broken on Air University’s new Aerospace and Aviation Campus to be built at Aviation City in Kamra.

The Aviation City at Kamra is an ambitious project launched in the middle of last year that aims at enhancing aviation industry and academia linkages, providing research facilities and training to students in the disciplines of engineering, aviation and plane manufacturing, with an ultimate goal of attaining self-reliance in the field. The establishment of Air University’s Aerospace and Aviation Campus is the first major step towards achieving that target.

We are on a path which will ensure indigenisation of civil and military aircraft, weapons and avionics

Chief of Air Staff

The ground-breaking ceremony was performed by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the presence of Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, several ministers, defence and civil officials as well as officials from various academic institutions.

During his address following the ground-breaking ceremony, Air Chief Sohail Aman said the “realisation of Air University Aerospace & Aviation Campus is in fact part of the strategic vision of Pakistan Air Force to develop industry-academia linkage in the form of Aviation City”.

He said it was heartening “to share that this strategic initiative also holds significant potential to attract a large number of international scholars and trainees who, besides providing intellectual exchange, would enhance Pakistan’s image with obvious economic and diplomatic gains. The campus would also play a significant role in addressing the emergent new geopolitical realities in the region”.

“I am confident that with the government’s patronage, PAF will be able to achieve a wide range of strategic gains linked to aviation technology. Surely, this is a path to self-reliance that we have pledged to follow and I am confident that Aviation City, Kamra would play a pivotal role in providing desired impetus to our cutting-edge indigenization programmes together with strengthening the local industry and harnessing the demands of foreign aviation industry by promoting joint research and production ventures,” the air chief added.

“I believe that we are on a path which will ensure indigenisation of civil and military aircraft, weapons and avionics. This is the need of the hour and we are determined to do it. Indeed, our dream is to let the Pakistan aviation industry grow and support the country’s economy,” Air Chief Aman said .

In his address, Prime Minister Abbasi praised PAF for its professionalism and services to the country. “I acknowledge PAF’s commitment towards development of aviation Industry and promotion of higher education in less privileged areas of Pakistan. On this momentous occasion, I would like to appreciate the sincere efforts and personal involvement of Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman for self-reliance through indigenization.”

Abbasi said challenges facing the country demanded greater focus on indigenous efforts. “This requires skilled manpower which entails investment in education. As such, developed nations invest heavily in education and their leadership focuses on human resource for re-shaping the destiny of the countries. In the same spirit, Pakistan’s vision 2025 has prioritized Knowledge Economy as one of the seven pillars.”

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