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Country’s first aviation varsity to open in Lalmonirhat

First session of Bangabandhu Sheik Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University scheduled to begin in January
SM ABU HASNAT, Lalmonirhat
Country’s first aviation varsity to open in Lalmonirhat
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University is going to start its journey from Lalmonirhat aerodrome that covers the Bangladesh Air Force supervision and maintenance unit (left) and the airport runaway (top). The Independent photo

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University (BSMRAAU), the first of its kind in the country, is going to start its journey from the Lalmonirhat aerodrome. Sources concerned say that the varsity's first session will begin in ensuing January.

For students’ admission in the first session, necessary steps have already been taken.

The Lalmonirhat airport area will be the varsity's main residential campus. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has chosen the campus area. She spoke about the need for such a specialised university several times.

This university will initially provide education on space and different areas of aeronautics, including aviation science, training of pilots, aircraft maintenance, research, and allied industries and engineering.

The sources also said four faculties, 37 departments, and four institutions will be set up in different phases.

During WWII, the Lalmonirhat aerodrome was built on 1,166 acres of land. It was abandoned after an end to the war.

In 1982, the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) took over the aerodrome.

They currently run its training and other scheduled air operations here. The air chief and the vice-chancellor of the university have already visited the venue to assess the campus requirements.

After the Prime Minister announced that the government would set up the university, people of the northern belt, especially those of Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, and Rangpur districts expressed their joy. They thanked the PM for selection of the venue of this university.

Locals think that the university would play a significant role in the economy of the otherwise backward Lalmonirhat district. They also hope that the airport will also soon see flight operations for easy communication with other parts of the country and neighbouring countries like Bhutan, Nepal, and India.

District Awami League General Secretary Advocate Motiar Rahaman said the varsity was a part of the Prime Minister’s commitment towards the people of the area.

He thanked PM Sheikh Hasina for the gift on behalf of the people of the region.

Deputy Commissioner Abu Zafar said that the university would play a significant role in the regional economy.

He also expressed optimism that it would create jobs and help change the socio-economic scenario.

According to the sources, the BSMRAAU would start its academic activities temporarily at the old Tejgaon airport in Dhaka. It would be shifted to the Lalmonirhat airport once the campus infrastructure is ready.

BSMRAAU Vice-Chancellor Air Vice-Marshall AHM Fazlul Haque told The Independent that the varsity's academic session would start from January at the old building of the Public Service Commission (PSC) at the Tejgaon airport.

The curriculum and syllabus thereof is awaiting UGC approval, and expected to be cleared in November.

Initially, three subjects would be offered in the honours courses and two subjects at the master’s level.

To start with, students would get admission to aeronautical engineering, aerospace maintenance engineering (AME), and MBA courses in aviation management, aviation safety, and aircraft accident investigation.

Haque also said they were in touch with various renowned universities in Asia, Europe, and Australia, seeking their cooperation in this regard.

Reputed and highly qualified teachers from abroad will take classes in the varsity. Foreign experts had responded favourably, he added.

Students will get opportunities to study flying engineering and aviation safety and security, including satellite and launching-related research, in the near future. There is a huge scope for maintenance repairing and overhauling (MRO) of aircraft, helicopter, fighter planes, and even Boeing and Airbus.

The BSMRAAU Vice-Chancellor also said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took this unique initiative -- keeping in mind the economic growth and the overall development of the northern districts.

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