Chandigarh, 27th August
The Chandigarh Administration and Indian Air Force signed an Agreed in Principle (AIP) today for setting up of “Airforce Heritage Centre at Government Press Building in the presence Governor of Punjab and Administrator Chandigarh Sh. VP Singh Badnore and Air Marshal V R Chaudhari, PVSM, AVSM, VM , ADC, Vice Chief Of the Air Staff.
The AIP was signed by Sh. Vinod P. Kavle, Secretary Culture and Air Marshal Vikram Singh, VM of Indian Air Force. The AIP signing ceremony is a significant and momentous event for the city beautiful. This is the first such Air force Heritage Centre in the country.
The Administrator expressed his gratitude to Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh and the Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah for showing their keen interest in this initiative.
The Air Marshal while thanking the Chandigarh Administration expressed his gratitude for witnessing this historic event. He assured cooperation in setting up and operation of Air Force Heritage Centre.
The Air Force Heritage Centre would be an iconic place which will attract tourists from within India and Abroad and will also be one of the most educative and informative centres for the people. The Indian Air Force will showcase its vintage aircrafts, armaments and memorabilia and other IAF Artefacts including Audio Video Displays.
The center will also include a simulator where in the public can experience the flying of IAF Aircraft. This will also act as the platform to motivate and facilitate youth of our country to join the force, as this will resultantly provide not only employment opportunities but also strengthen the force and further reinforce national integration.
The Administrator added that this Air Force Heritage Centre will bring awareness in the region particularly among the students about the role and contribution of the Indian Air Force in national security and defence which would inspire our youth to join the forces and be the sword arm of India.