Omnipresent Robot Technologies has inked a pact with Gautam Buddha University and the Skill Council of India to set up a drone excellence centre in Uttar Pradesh.
The centre will have segments for drone pilot and operations training, drone data processing and analysis and app development, drone design and manufacturing, and drone testing and repair, according to a release issued on Monday, May 16.
Recently, Omnipresent was selected as a beneficiary under the government’s PLI (Production-Linked Incentive) scheme for drones and drone components.
“We intend to hire the first 100 students coming out of the programme for our own internal needs. Our target is to produce over 100s of trained drone pilots along with 100s of indigenously manufactured drones every month,” Omnipresent CTO Jyoti Vashishta Sinha said.
Gautam Buddha University is located in Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh. Skill councils have been set up by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
“We aim to make India a global drone hub by 2030,” the resolution of Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia echoed in the ears of all Indians as he unveiled the new Drone Rules 2021.
Since then, India’s drone industry stakeholders have witnessed a reversal of fortune. Drone deliveries have penetrated multiple industries, from healthcare to agriculture to e-commerce, leapfrogging infrastructural gaps in the supply chain and last-mile deliveries.
As the global drone industry takes wing, India’s drone delivery industry is not far behind. Currently accounting for a minuscule share in the global drone industry (4.25%), India’s drone market is estimated to reach 30,000 crores in the next three years.
Underpinned by government impetus and unchained from rigid rules and stringent laws, the drone delivery industry in India is set to lead the next era of aviation.