The aviation industry in India is expected to grow rapidly in the next ten years. The Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation chartered KPMG to study the current market conditions and asked for recommendations on how to develop a skilled workforce that can support and sustain the growth in the aviation sector. Based on a study done by KPMG, the Indian Government has embarked on a long term vision of setting up India’s first National Aviation University.

To brainstorm the development of the University’s curriculum and other related matters, the Ministry of Civil Aviation organized a workshop on 4th March, 2015 in New Delhi. The Ministry invited thought leaders from various governmental, educational institutes and industry bodies. The workshop was inaugurated by Sri Ashok Gajapathi – Minister of Civil Aviation and Sri V. Somasundram – Secretary of Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Sabre has been a long time technology leader in the aviation sector and has had a decade long presence in India in the form of a large Global Development Center (CDC) in Bangalore. For this, and the thought leadership and support of key customers in the region, Sabre Bangalore leaders received a special invitation to participate in this monumental workshop. The workshop focused on understanding travel industry needs, such as skills required and current skill gaps in aviation and supporting markets. Other key participants in the workshop included dignitaries from the Indian Aviation Academy, Air India, Indigo and academic professors from leading Universities in India.

Discussions centered on how the National Aviation University can collaborate with existing institutions and industry thought leaders like Sabre in accelerating the process of building a strong aviation workforce in India. One of the key areas of interest to the Sabre team is the Executive Education Program, which is focused on grooming the next generation of executives who will be responsible for managing various operations across the aviation Industry.

Sabre is considering a formal role as part of the Executive Education steering committee by guiding the formation of the curriculum and providing tools and platforms for training. This collaboration with the Academy would aide in building a stronger workforce in the APAC region. The academic community is interested in inviting Sabre executives to engage with students aspiring to have a career in the airline sector.

According to Shail Maniar, Sabre Vice President based in Bangalore, “We were invited to participate in this initiative due to our strong history of thought leadership and presence in India. We believe that our participation highlights one of Sabre’s key values –  leveraging and expanding Sabre’s ecosystem.