• Boeing and IITs announce winners of seventh National Aeromodelling Competition

    • Over 1,000 students from across India participated in the competition
    • Highlights Boeing’s commitment to nurturing aerospace engineering talent in India

    NEW DELHI, INDIA,  October 29, 2021 - Boeing [NYSE: BA] and five Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) today announced the winners of the seventh annual Boeing-IIT National Aeromodelling Competition. This year the competition, one of India’s largest and most popular aeromodelling programs, was conducted virtually in compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

    “The future of flight will be defined by the young minds of today. With the new Drone Rules 2021 paving way for an Aatmanirbhar drone industry in India, we are seeing a lot of interest amongst young engineers in unmanned flight. The Boeing-IIT National Aeromodelling Competition is an excellent platform that provides young minds a chance to get creative with their aeromodelling skills and be inspired to be a part of the aerospace ecosystem,” said Salil Gupte, president, Boeing India. “I thank all the students for their participation, especially in a virtual set-up this year, and congratulate them for their incredible creations,” added Gupte.

    The competition received over 340 registrations involving more than 1,000 students from over 100 institutions and schools across India. In a virtual set-up, the teams had to submit videos that captured the process of designing, building, and demonstrating a glider and a catapult launch mechanism to achieve maximum endurance/flight time. The flight time was measured as the time from launch to landing. 16 teams were shortlisted for the final merit list and awarded cash grants.

    The Boeing-IIT National Aeromodelling Competition was launched in 2013 with a vision to provide a unified national platform for students interested in aerospace and related engineering disciplines to learn and demonstrate their aeromodelling expertise.

    Through initiatives such as the Boeing-IIT National Aeromodelling Competition, Boeing University Innovation Leadership Development (BUILD) program, and the Accelerated Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AME) apprenticeship program, Boeing is actively developing an ecosystem that encourages innovation and skill development for aerospace in India. Boeing-designed curricula and initiatives have been launched with Indian supply chain partners such as Tata, Rossell Techsys, Jaivel, and Lakshmi Machine Works as well, to train workers in aerospace-relevant skills.

    Details of winners:

    Gold Category



    Team Members


    Priyadarshini College of Engineering, Nagpur

    Sagar Dive

    Priyadarshini College of Engineering, Nagpur

    Juned Aga

    Priyadarshini College of Engineering, Nagpur

    Shailesh Deshmukh

    First Runner-Up

    Centre Point School, Katol Road, Nagpur

    Akshat Vishwarkarma

    Centre Point School, Katol Road, Nagpur

    Mihir Anjankar

    Centre Point School, Katol Road, Nagpur

    Manav Kriplani

    Second Runner-Up

    1. S. Abdur Rahman Crescent University

    Syed Rayan


    Silver Category



    IIT Bombay

    Harshit Singh

    B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science and Technology

    Danish Kaleem.S

    Centre Point School, Katol Road, Nagpur

    Arush Rusia, Kabir Kamwani, Raheel Qureshi

    Centre Point School, Katol Road, Nagpur

    Nikhil Sarna, Dhairya Patel, Yashasvi Pal

    Centre Point School, Wardhaman Nagar, Nagpur

    Mitesh Dawale, Ishan Bhoyar Hakimuddin Naeem Hirani


    Bronze Category

    Centre Point School Amravati Road

    Aditya Pandey, Shivansh Chawla, Husain Dawawala

    Vel Tech


    Jawahar (CBSE) Hr Sec School

    Tamizhiniyan . A

    St. Xavier's Convent School

    Rishabh Pal

    Centre Point School, Katol Road.

    Vivaan Jaiswal, Riyansh Gupta, Advaid Singh Thakur

    Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management

    Pranav S, Shrinidhi I S, Aheesh Rao

    Kendriya Vidyalaya No.2, CRPF, Bhubaneswar

    Pratik Sahu, Omprakash Jena, Prinitha P

    S.V. National Institute of Technology

    Vedant Arya, Harsh Patel

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    Boeing has strengthened its supply chain with more than 275 local companies in India who manufacture critical systems and components for some of Boeing’s most advanced products including the 787 Dreamliner and 777 family of aircraft. The Tata-Boeing joint venture manufactures fuselages for Apache helicopters and added a new production line to manufacture vertical fin structures for the 737 family of airplanes. Annual sourcing from India stands at $1 billion. Boeing currently employs 3,000 people in India, and more than 7,000 people work with its supply chain partners. Boeing serves communities and citizenship programs to inspire change and make an impact on more than 300,000 lives in India. For more information, visit www.boeing.co.in.


    Soumitra Roy
    Boeing India Communications
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