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Pilots told to go back to Class XII Math, Science

Nov 11, 2007 11:03 PM IST India India

New Delhi: They are adept at the most difficult aerobatics, some can navigate through the rough weather conditions with ease while some aspire to fly commercial planes soon. But they all have one thing in common: they all want to go back to school again to learn Maths and Physics. Chandra Mani Trivendra is a 26-year-old with a Masters degree in Ecology and Environment Science and an aspiring pilot. He is also appearing for his Mathematics paper for 10+2 standard. “Since in India it’s compulsory to have Maths and Physics to get commercial pilot license, I am appearing for this paper,” says Trivendra. But in the US and many European countries Maths and Physics is not mandatory to get a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) but in India it is. Many India pilots who want to return and take up a job back home have now approached National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) examination system of Ministry of Human Resource and Development to clear Class 12 again in two subjects. The online and on demand examination centre of NIOS is now the most sought after destination for those seeking a pilot license. “It has been of immense help,” says M C Pant, Chairman, NIOS. The norms set by the authorities to fly in India are tougher and clearly, those seeking a job here will have to go back the basics.