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Company has trained 500 women in drone technology and distributed 446 drones among women Self-Help Groups (SHGs) across 20 states in India.

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, Garuda Aerospace stands proud to announce its unwavering commitment to empowering women through pioneering initiatives in drone technology. Recognising the transformative potential of women in the field of aviation, Garuda Aerospace has spearheaded groundbreaking programs, training initiatives, and contributions, particularly in initiatives like the Namo Drone Didi Yojana.

Garuda Aerospace is proud to announce that over 500 women have been empowered through its comprehensive training programs in drone technology. These programs have not only equipped women with essential skills but have also fostered an environment where they can thrive in traditionally male-dominated fields.

Through initiatives like the Namo Drone Didi Yojana, Garuda Aerospace has played a pivotal role in promoting gender equality and economic empowerment in rural communities. Garuda Kisan Drones are most advanced with autopilot features making them very easy to learn and use. Over 20 states across India have been positively impacted by the distribution of over 446 drones to women’s Self-Help Groups (SHGs), enabling them to become key players in agricultural innovation and sustainability. Garuda Aerospace has gifted a drone to one deserving drone didi in this initiative. After completing the training, these women can earn upto 50 thousand rupees to 70 thousand rupees per month with their drone skills.

“I stand with the remarkable women who have joined me in navigating the aerospace landscape. Together, we’ve confronted the challenges of a traditionally male-dominated industry, striving to break barriers and pave the way for future generations. As the first woman drone pilot, I’m committed to advocating for diversity and inclusion, ensuring that every woman in our industry has the opportunity to thrive. Our journey towards equality is ongoing, and initiatives like comprehensive training programs and equitable practices are essential steps forward. As we aim for a 50 per cent female workforce by 2025, we celebrate the resilience and achievements of all women in aerospace. Happy Women’s Day!” said Rithika Agnishwar, Co-Founder, Garuda Aerospace.

“Garuda Aerospace believes in the power of women to drive change and innovation in the aviation industry,” said Agnishwar Jayaprakash, Founder and CEO, Garuda Aerospace. “Through our pioneering initiatives in drone technology, we are not merely empowering women; we are also reshaping the landscape of drone technology and agriculture. By providing comprehensive training, resources, and opportunities, we are breaking barriers and creating a future where gender equality and inclusion are the cornerstones of success”

Company has trained 500 women in drone

Dual certification will enhance Garuda Aerospace’s capabilities, allowing them to advance their training and manufacturing efforts in drone technology.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has granted Garuda Aerospace authorisation for Remote Pilot Training Organization (RPTO) for Small and Medium Class drones. This recognition makes Garuda Aerospace the sole drone company in India with a dual certification for both training and manufacturing of small and medium class drones. This dual authorization enhances Garuda Aerospace’s capabilities, allowing them to advance their training and manufacturing efforts in drone technology, said the company in the statement.

The DGCA’s approval not only fortifies Garuda Aerospace’s commitment to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Namo Drone Didi’ initiative, empowering 15,000 women Self Help Groups with agricultural drones but also supports the company’s goal of training 100,000 youth across India as drone pilots.

Additionally, the certification aligns with Garuda Aerospace’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) initiative, particularly the Equality Drone Training Program benefiting individuals with disabilities.

Garuda Aerospace’s array of small and medium drones caters to diverse applications. Small drones are well-suited for surveillance, monitoring, and photography, while medium drones excel in tasks like agricultural mapping, spraying, infrastructure inspection, delivery services, and emergency response.

While commenting on DGCA’s dual certification, Agnishwar Jayaprakash, Founder and CEO emphasised Garuda Aerospace’s commitment to excellence and its vision for the company and the nation. He believes that drones hold transformative potential across various sectors and anticipates that the DGCA certifications, coupled with government support, will accelerate the adoption of drones in India, positioning the country as a global hub.

Garuda Aerospace, in support of various initiatives, recently showcased over 1000 drones during the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra. With earlier Type Certificates and RPTO Authorization for Garuda Kisan Drones, and a second Type Certification for medium class drones. Following the launch of the ‘Namo Drone Didi’ initiative, Garuda Aerospace aims to expedite its Initial Public Offering (IPO).

Dual certification will enhance Garuda Aerospace’s capabilities,

Garuda Aerospace donates Rs 1 crores worth of free Kisan Drones to Kaushalya – The Skill University, Gujrat for specialised training programs in agriculture and skilling.

Garuda Aerospace, India’s leading drone manufacturer, and Kaushalya – The Skill University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost drone technology education in India.

Under the terms of the MoU, Garuda Aerospace commits to providing Kaushalya – The Skill University with 10 small category agricultural drones, valued at approximately Rs 1 crore. These drones will be utilised for specialised training programs in agriculture, contributing to skill development in this crucial sector. Furthermore, Garuda Aerospace will offer mentorship support for drone technology to students and start-ups associated with the university. The collaboration extends beyond hardware support. Garuda Aerospace will provide the services of technical experts in the field of drones through online and offline channels. The company will also engage in collaborative research, indigenization, and product development with university faculties. In a bid to bridge the gap between training and employment, Garuda Aerospace will extend placement support to trainees undergoing drone training through the “Bharat Drone Association.”

” We look forward to synergising our efforts with Kaushalya – The Skill University and contributing to the nation’s progress in the field of drone technology. Recognizing the immense potential and youthful dynamism in Vibrant Gujarat, we are excited about the prospect of positioning the state as the Drone Hub of India. Our enthusiasm stems from the collaborative efforts to equip the younger generation with vital drone skills, aligning seamlessly with our vision for substantial employment growth. Prime Minister Modiji’s visionary initiative, involving the launch of 100 drones in 100 areas and his commitment to deploying 1 lakh drones in the next two years, underscores the rapid expansion of the drone industry. This ambitious goal necessitates the training of 1 lakh pilots, and Gujarat is well-poised to make a significant contribution—10% to the total Drone Pilot community. This development marks a pivotal step in propelling Gujarat to the forefront of the burgeoning drone technology landscape, and we are proud to play a role in this transformative journey.” said Agnishwar Jayaprakash, Founder and CEO, Garuda Aerospace.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is signed between Kaushalya – The Skill University, Govt. of Gujarat, was formally signed in the esteemed presence of the Minister for Industry Small, Micro, and Medium Industries Kutir, Khadi, and Village Industries Civil Aviation Labour and Employment, Balvantsinh Rajput. The signing ceremony involved H.R. Suthar (IAS retd), representing Kaushalya – The Skills University, and Dr. Vijayakumar Rajarathinam, Chief Operating Officer of Garuda Aerospace Private Limited, Chennai.

Garuda Aerospace donates Rs 1 crores worth

Garuda and Ninjacart will also provide training and business opportunities to rural entrepreneurs in India’s villages.

Garuda Aerospace has partnered with Flipkart-backed agri-commerce start-up Ninjacart to bring disruptive tech innovation to the Indian agriculture sector. 

Through a strategic tie-up, both companies will offer short-term financing options to farmers, allowing them to access the latest drone technology at affordable prices. The use of drones in farmlands can not only help improve crop yields for farmers but also bring down input costs and increase farm-level efficiency. 

In addition to the technology, Garuda and Ninjacart will also provide training and business opportunities to rural entrepreneurs in India’s villages. The individuals will be trained on how to operate drones and made a part of pilots. Both start-ups claim that the rural youth can earn anywhere between Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 per month through these opportunities.

Agnishwar Jayaprakash, Founder and CEO of Garuda Aerospace, said, “This partnership will not only help farmers improve their yields and reduce costs, but it will also provide young entrepreneurs with skills and business opportunities. We believe that this collaboration will help in developing an ever-lasting impact on the agricultural sector in India.”

Kartheeswaran KK, Co-founder and CEO, of Ninjacart, said, “We believe in leveraging technology to make agriculture more efficient and profitable for farmers. The use of drones in agriculture will also help in soil analysis, water management, and precision agriculture.” 

Garuda Aerospace currently has a fleet of 400 ‘made-in-India’ drones and a team of over 500 pilots across 84 cities in India. Ninjacart, meanwhile, works with over one lakh farmers across 150 villages and helps them improve their yield and income. Since 2020, Flipkart and Walmart have pumped $175 million into Ninjacart even as it pivoted from B2C to a B2B model.

Garuda and Ninjacart will also provide training