Aeronautical degree in the pipeline
The Civil Aviation Ministry is exploring the possibility of
introducing a Civil Aviation Degree to cater to the vast demand in the
aviation sector for aeronautical engineers and other skilled
The country’s civil aviation sector has shown a dramatic improvement
due to moves taken by the Government to develop the sector to suit the
modern day needs.
As a result, a huge demand has been made to the existing job
opportunities in the civil aviation sector, Civil Aviation Minister
Piyankara Jayaratne told the Sunday Observer.
The Minister said if the youth have shown their keen interest to
enter into civil aviation sector, a majority of them have not been able
to obtain training in civil aviation due to high expenditure required
for such training.
Therefore a committee was appointed to identify the key areas where
the degrees can be offered in the civil aviation sector and also to
identify the content of these training courses.
This committee is due to submit its report on Wednesday.
The Committee consists of eight members including the Director
General of the Civil Aviation Authority H.M.C. Nimalsiri and Pof. Amal
Kumarage of Moratuwa University, he said.
Minister Jayaratne said that in order to discuss this proposed Civil
Aviation Degree to be introduced, he held a discussion with Higher
Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake on February 23 which was also
attended by key Ministry officials and other professionals engaged in
A decision was taken at this meeting to appoint this eight-member
committee to study and make its recommendations to offer this Civil
Meanwhile the Civil Aviation Authority has introduced “Guwansara”
program which is focused on delivering basic knowledge on the field of
aviation to the public, especially to schoolchildren. Steps have also
been taken to set up Aeronautical Clubs in schools.
Our intention is to provide the opportunity to students who have
passed the G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination to obtain an aeronautical
engineering degree in Sri Lanka within the next few years, the Minister