As many 63 Remote Pilot Training Organisations (RPTO) have been approved by the DGCA for providing drone training across the country after the new rules were introduced in 2021, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Gen. V. K. Singh (Retd) said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.
Till date, these training schools have issued more than 5500 Remote Pilot Certificates to those who have acquired the requisite skills after passing the course.
The detailed list shows that Maharashtra has 12 RTPOs, which is the highest number among states, followed by Haryana at the second spot with 11. Most of the drone schools in Haryana are in cities and towns around Delhi including Gurugram. Karnataka figures 3rd on the list with 7 drone schools followed by Gujarat and Telangana with 6 each. Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh come next with 4 RTPOs each. Kerala, Himachal and Punjab have one each. Further details of these DGCA authorised RPTOs is in the Annexure.
The minister said a total of 10010 drones are registered in the country with a Unique Identification Number (UIN) so far. DGCA has also issued 25 type certificates till date for drones manufacturing in India.