Tata STRIVE and DroneAcharya join hands to generate drone based employment opportunities in India

DroneAcharya and Tata Strive
In the frame: (From the left) Mohit Deshpande – Principal Lead – Prog. Dev., HR, Admin & Infra at Tata STRIVE, Amit Takte – VP (Technology & Training) at DroneAcharya Aerial Innovations, Ameya Vanjari – Head of Operations, Partnerships & Technology Innovation at Tata STRIVE, Anita Ranjan – CEO of Tata STRIVE, Prateek Srivastava – Founder & CEO of DroneAcharya Aerial Innovations, Marcia Chen – Sr. Manager – BD & Sales at DroneAcharya Aerial Innovations and Rushikesh Bhugaonkar – Sr. Manager – BD & Sales at DroneAcharya Aerial Innovations.

Tata STRIVE and DroneAcharya Aerial Innovations have partnered to provide skill based training to youth from underserved communities in the sector.

As the drone ecosystem grows so does the requirement for skilled and experienced personnel. The association is a stepping stone in making drone pilot training and associated courses available and known to the masses. The list of courses include DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) certified drone pilot training, drone building, drone repair and maintenance, drone data processing with GIS, Python coding for automation and customized industrial training for Agriculture, Mining, Logistics, Surveillance, Security and Disaster Management.

Talking about the traction and reach that these courses could muster, Anita Rajan, CEO at Tata STRIVE mentions “These courses have a potential of making an individual job – ready and marketable from the day an individual receives certification. Tata STRIVE is excited to partner with DroneAcharya to enable livelihoods in this emerging sector for youth of our country.”

Apart from raising awareness, these courses will play a crucial role in making India a Global Drone Hub. With official guidelines by the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) for mining activities, National Highways Authority of India for road assessments and Survey of India for mapping India using drones, the demand for drone pilots, data experts, drone repair and maintenance individuals and drone building is only going to increase.

“We have 150+ active training locations all over India. We will identify locations with requisite physical space to conduct drone training programmes, where we plan to integrate DroneAcharya’s courses and provide additional training courses to marginalized individuals. We see a vast potential in these courses as most of them can also be taken online. The huge demand for drone pilots in various industry sectors after liberalized drone policy, leaves us with an opportunity to train an employable and future-ready workforce”, adds Ameya Vanjari, Head of Operations, Partnerships & Technology at Tata STRIVE.

“Generating skills for a cause has always been close to our hearts. Through our experience and skills, we aim to benefit the masses from every minority group today. We are planning to launch training drives for special groups like the All Women’s Batch, LGBTQIA community, Wives of the Fallen Heroes and Revival Courses for Retired Defense Personnel, to name a few”, says Prateek Srivastava, Founder & CEO of DroneAcharya Aerial Innovations.

This association aims towards creating job opportunities in the Indian drone industry and also encourages entrepreneurs. The courses also come with a one- year hand holding period after completion to ensure that the individuals are able to secure a meaningful livelihood.

“We have a mix of highly experienced leaders and young and energetic team members, who are passionate about drones. With this association, we aim to not only provide new opportunities to the greater public but to also equip the Indian drone industry with talent and skill”, says Amit Takte, VP – Technology & Training at DroneAcharya Aerial Innovations.

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