These students are all set for a model fly-by

Sahyadri College’s event Aerophilia has opened avenues for aviation courses

The coast is witnessing a revolution of sorts in educational tourism. It is, in fact, becoming more competitive and attractive for the youth who aspire to pursue an education in technical fields in colleges along the coast. 

Until recently the coast was not open to aviation engineering and designing, but Sahyadri Engineering College has widened the horizons by hosting the aeromodelling event ‘Aerophilia’ which has attained national-level attention. 

Up in air: One of the models developed by the students

As many as 400 students from all over the country thronged the picturesque Sahyadri College campus in Mangaluru with their aeromodels.  

“Usually students do not give much importance to these Aeronautics and Robotics courses as it requires a lot of patience and concentration on the subject during the initial period of study, but after Aerophilia, they are keen on pursuing a career in avitation technology,” the chairman of the college board, Manjunath Bhandary told Edex. “However, there is a long way to go,” he adds.

They've got wings: A student participating at the event

The airshow performed by Abdullah Ghasem Salehnezhad Morafi, an employee at Dubai Customs has provided a huge learning experience in fields like mathematics, history, arts, graphics and science. 
The event also attracted the nation’s aeromodelling enthusiasts to the city. Apart from aeromodelling, a drone race that was conducted captured the attention of the audience.Technical talks were also delivered by the chief guests on the importance of RC modelling, the various career paths available, and the importance of aeromodelling in the development of the nation. 

Aerophilia witnessed a convergence of experts from the aviation, IT, mechanical fields and even law graduates from various national and international universities. 

A flight lieutenant professor currently working in Goa Engineering College, Prof B R Kulkarni, software solution provider for FAB Labs in the US, Rajanikanth Shastri, ISRO scientist C J Jagadeesha, Wing Commander of the Indian Air Force, P C Pant, and BARC scientist, Prof B N Karkera were some of the big names at the event. They can be reached at

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