The Induction Publicity Exhibition Vehicle of the Indian Air Force at the MREI Campus

The Induction Publicity Exhibition Vehicle of the Indian Air Force at the MREI campus gave its students the perfect opportunity to explore their career prospects in the Air Force service

For many students at the Manav Rachna Educational Institutions (MREI) campus, it was a one-of-a-kind experience. The Indian Air Force had come calling at the campus to give our youth a close look at the opportunities that await them. A unique platform named IPEV (Induction Publicity Exhibition Vehicle) which was launched last month was brought to the campus to give students a first-hand experience of the IPEV. It was parked near Gate # 5, on November 19 as students of MREI came in batches to witness their prospects in the Indian Air Force services.

The IPEV is so designed that it brings in various facets and the working of the IAF to aspirants across the expanse of the country. The state-of-the-art vehicle houses an Information Zone which would give aspirants all career related information. It has an Experience Zone in which one can enjoy the thrill of various Air Force activities like Sarang aerobatics, AWDT, flying, etc, through Glastron goggles. The vehicle also has a Simulator Zone where one can experience the joy of flying various aircrafts. The aircraft Model Zone displays latest aircraft in its inventory with their features and videos. Dr. Prashant Bhalla, President-MREI said: “The aim has been to connect to today’s tech savvy generation as we attempt and to bring IAF closer to life. I am happy that students at MREI have shown such a keen interest in the IPEV”. Our requirements are very specific and we do not compromise on standards. Once we are able to create awareness among the students, it would generate attraction and motivation among them,” says Squadron Leader Ashish Kumar Sharma. Last year, the IAF had launched an air combat 3D mobile game towards this pursuit.

Inevitably, the display has created quite a buzz in the campus. For engineering students like Vipul Thapar, 2nd year student of MRU (Mechanical stream), it is a great opportunity to explore his career prospects, and should luck permit, serve the nation. “I look forward to clearing the eligibility test and have to come to know the various types of courses, physical and medical parameters.”

For Chetan Dilawari, also 2nd year student of MRU (Mechanical stream), it has been nothing short of a dream come true. “We are being shown how to get started in the Indian Air Force services. As an engineer, I have the option of appearing for the eligibility test of all the three branches: flying, technical and ground duty. On completion of 10 years of service, Air Force will give us placement in Government/private jobs. I am already looking forward to a career in the skies,” he gushes.

Girls like Aaysha Sharma, final year student of Computer Science, MRIU, are excited that the Indian Air Force has quite a few career opportunities for women too. “What with scope in mechanical and electrical streams in the technical field, I am definitely going to give it a shot,” she says optimistically.

Kirti Jain, her batchmate also shares a similar view. She is thrilled with the opportunity of becoming “a virtual pilot” at the Indian Air Force-organized job seeking platform. “We could wear 3D glasses during the video presentation and gather information about which courses to take up as part of the Short Services Commission. It is a great feeling that women can overcome their fears and inhibitions and get set to make their mark in a male dominated bastion,” she says on a confident note.

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