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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the state-of-the-art Boeing India Engineering & Technology Center (BIETC) campus in Bengaluru, Karnataka. This 43-acre campus, built with a colossal investment of Rs 1,600 crores, stands as Boeing’s largest investment outside the USA, underscoring the significance of India in the global aerospace landscape.Highlighting the commitment to gender diversity and empowerment, the Prime Minister also launched the Boeing Sukanya Program.
This innovative initiative aims to facilitate the entry of more girl children from across India into the flourishing aviation sector. Boeing’s Chief Operating Officer, Ms Stephanie Pope, applauded the Prime Minister’s unwavering focus on aviation sector growth and his pivotal role in realizing the Boeing Sukanya Program. She expressed Boeing’s eagerness to collaborate and emphasized the company’s dedication to creating an ecosystem propelling India to the forefront of the aerospace industry.
As part of the Sukanya Program, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Labs will be established at 150 planned locations, sparking interest in STEM careers among young girls. Scholarships will also be provided to women undergoing pilot training, fostering opportunities for them in the aviation sector.This initiative stands as one of the most cutting-edge examples of the Prime Minister’s ‘Atmanirbharta’ or self-reliant India initiative, fostering the development of skills and opportunities in aviation for Indian women. The STEM labs in middle schools will play a crucial role in nurturing future leaders in the aerospace industry.
Boeing’s new facility signifies Karnataka’s rise as a burgeoning aviation hub, providing multiple opportunities for individuals to acquire new skills in the aviation industry. The commitment to reducing taxes related to aviation fuel and simplifying aircraft leasing processes further demonstrates the government’s dedication to facilitating growth in the aviation sector.Addressing the audience, Prime Minister Modi highlighted the impressive growth in India’s aviation sector over the past decade.
The number of domestic passengers has doubled, thanks in part to initiatives like UDAN. He noted that India now boasts about 150 operational airports, up from approximately 70 in 2014, leading to increased air cargo capacity and contributing to overall economic growth and employment generation.The Prime Minister stressed the need to build a robust aircraft manufacturing ecosystem in India, leveraging the country’s vast network of MSMEs (Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises), a substantial talent pool, and the stable government environment.
PM Modi expressed confidence in the success of India’s ‘Make in India’ policy, foreseeing a strong partnership between India’s aspirations and Boeing’s expansion.In conclusion, Prime Minister Modi declared, “I am confident that India’s aspirations and Boeing’s expansion will emerge as a strong partnership,” reaffirming the resolve of 140 crore Indians to build a developed India in the next 25 years. As India’s neo-middle class continues to grow, and the tourism sector expands, the Prime Minister urged stakeholders to seize the new possibilities being created, aligning international companies’ growth with India’s rapid rise. The event served as a testament to the collaborative efforts between the government and industry leaders, propelling India towards self-reliance and global excellence in the aerospace sector.
Boeing: A Global Aerospace Pioneer
Boeing, a leading global aerospace company, stands at the forefront of innovation, manufacturing, and servicing commercial airplanes, defense products, and space systems. With a legacy of aerospace leadership spanning decades, Boeing has established itself as a key player in the industry, delivering cutting-edge solutions to customers in over 150 countries.
Boeing operates through three distinct business units: Commercial Airplanes, Defense, Space & Security, and Boeing Global Services. Supporting these units is Boeing Capital Corporation, a global provider of financing solutions, ensuring the company’s comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of its varied customer base.
Boeing has been the premier manufacturer of commercial jetliners for decades, boasting an illustrious lineup that includes the 737, 747, 767, 777, and 787 families of airplanes, as well as the Boeing Business Jet range. With a focus on continuous innovation, the company’s new product development efforts include the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, the 737 MAX, and the 777X. Over 10,000 Boeing-built commercial jetliners are currently in service worldwide, representing almost half of the global fleet. Additionally, Boeing offers a comprehensive family of freighters, with approximately 90 percent of the world’s cargo being transported on Boeing planes.
Defense, Space & Security
Boeing’s Defense, Space & Security (BDS) unit is a global and diversified organization, offering leading solutions for the design, production, modification, service, and support of commercial derivatives, military rotorcraft, satellites, human space exploration, and autonomous systems. With a vast portfolio that includes the KC-46 aerial refueling aircraft, AH-64 Apache helicopter, 702 family of satellites, CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, and the autonomous Echo Voyager, BDS aligns with Boeing’s vision to connect, protect, explore, and inspire the world through aerospace innovation. The unit continuously invests in research and development to enhance capabilities and platforms, leveraging information technologies to better address the evolving needs of its customers.
Boeing Global Services
Boeing Global Services takes center stage as the leading provider of aftermarket support for mixed fleets worldwide. Drawing on Boeing’s position as the leading manufacturer for commercial and defense platforms, Global Services delivers innovative, comprehensive, and cost-competitive service solutions for commercial, defense, and space customers, regardless of the original equipment manufacturer. The unit’s support spans engineering, digital analytics, supply chain, and training, ensuring around-the-clock assistance that keeps commercial aircraft operating efficiently and provides mission assurance for nations across the globe.
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The primary objective of the STEM Labs is to provide students with a practical and experiential learning environment. Equipped with science and math kits, demonstration materials, models, and charts, the labs will offer students a tangible platform to explore and apply theoretical knowledge. The inclusion of locally available materials will encourage students to think creatively and apply their learnings in a real-world context.
In addition to facilitating a hands-on learning experience, the STEM Labs will serve as a vital Teaching-Learning Material (TLM) resource for subject teachers. The kits provided can be utilized by teachers to enhance their teaching methodologies and make the learning process more interactive and engaging.
The STEM Labs will not only house physical resources but will also feature an array of science and math literature to instill a scientific temperament among students. User manuals and instructional videos, presented in Gujarati, will guide both students and teachers on the effective utilization of the materials available in the lab.
To inspire and motivate students, the STEM Labs will showcase posters of renowned scientists and mathematicians. By highlighting the contributions of these luminaries, students will be encouraged to pursue a deeper understanding of these subjects and develop an appreciation for scientific inquiry.
Recognizing the importance of technology in education, the STEM Labs will go beyond traditional learning tools. Basic robotic kits will be made available to students, fostering the development of technical skills. This forward-looking approach aligns with the evolving demands of the modern world and prepares students for careers in STEM-related fields.
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