Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has added yet another top-end course to its bouquet of pioneering front line academic programmes.
Tying up with CIAL (Cochin International Airport Ltd) Academy, IGNOU now offers MBA and other courses in Aviation and Airport Infrastructure Technology and Management.
It was on September 25 that Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan dedicated the CIAL Academy to the nation.
The first batch of classes has also just begun. Built at a cost of around Rs.6 crore, CIAL Academy is situated close to the airport, opposite the state of the art Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility, which is fast nearing completion.
The programmes that are being offered include a two-year MBA programme, and a one-year Advanced Diploma Courses in: (a) Airport Operations Management, and, (b) Air Cargo Management; and six-month Certificate Courses in: (a) Airport Ramp Handling, (b) Rescue and Fire Fighting, and (c) Security and Intelligence.
Besides imparting knowledge in aviation management and aviation technology, CIAL Academy aims to become a centre of excellence and help promote professional and industry-oriented education by collaborating with specialized institutions.