Gujarat varsity in talks with Army, CAPF to impart drone training


Amid a surge in the use of drones in smuggling of narcotics, weapons and improvised explosive devices in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat’s Rashtriya Raksha University (RRU) is in discussions with the Indian Army and central armed police forces (CAPFs) to train their personnel in handling of drones.

On Tuesday, the first batch of ten trainees completed their training at the RRU-DroneAcharya Remote Pilot Training Centre (RPTC).

“There is a proliferation of drones in India and across the world. Besides policing and security, drones are being deployed in various sectors, including delivery of goods and irrigation,” Lt Gen Asit Mistry, director at the RRU’s School of Internal Security, Defence and Strategic Studies, told ET.

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“There is also combatised use of drones as we have witnessed in the Russia-Ukraine war. India is also producing a large number of drones. But we need trained manpower to use them. “Mistry said the RRU is in talks with the Indian Army, CAPFs and Gujarat Police for imparting training in handling drones. “Armed forces are acquiring drones and they need trained people to operate them. When the demand comes from central forces, we will structure our courses as per their requirement,” he said. “As per guidelines laid down by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), a standard certificate is for five days of training but we are offering eight days of training with three days of specialisation.”


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