Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University (BSMRAAU) will start its operation from January, 2020. The first admission test for this Aviation University is expected to be held on November. Only the final approval of the University Grants Commission (UGC) is required to begin all the activities.
According to an UGC source, by next week the final approval letter will be sent.
Initially, the University will begin its operation in the old four-storey building of the Bangladesh Public Service Commission in Tejgaon, Dhaka. Additionally, permission has been taken from Bangladesh Air Force to use some of the nearby buildings.
There is an ongoing work of turning the old airport in Lalmonirhat into the main campus of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University (BSMRAAU). Also, a branch of the University will be built in Ashkona, near Shahjalal International International Airport, Dhaka.
BSMRAAU is being established to promote aeronautical and aerospace education in the country. There will be training of pilots, aviation scientists, engineers and other associates in the field of aviation. In addition to aerospace research, the university will teach courses in aircraft construction, repair, satellite construction and launching.
Air Vice-Marshal, AHM Fazlul Haque, Vice-Chancellor of BSMRAAU, stated that there is a need for capable human resources in the aviation sector of the country. The entity will help create aeronautical and aerospace specialists in Bangladesh. This is a step towards establishing a developing nation.
BSMRAAU will at first begin three undergraduate and two postgraduate programs with a total of 100-150 students.
Graduation can be done in the areas of Aviation Operations Management, Aviation Safety & Security and Aircraft Maintenance Engineering. On the other hand, Masters can be done in Aviation Operations Management and Aeronautical Engineering. Further, Flight Maintenance & Management program will be launched next year. The university will have 37 departments under 7 faculties and 4 institutes.
BSMRAAU’s Vice-Chancellor, Fazlul Haque said that the university will follow international standards. Its operational activities are being prepared with the help of several countries.
UCG’s Public University Department’s director, Md Kamal Hossain said that they have received a letter from BSMRAAU authorities requesting permission, and soon permission will be given from UCG.
He said, “We have to go through a process before giving permission. The permit may be granted during the first week of November.”