Cops’ ban on flying objects hits Mumbai’s engineering students
Project work of students at leading institutes like Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, K J Somaiya College of Engineering, Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute have been stalled since October 2016 when cops informed student asociations that such objects posed a security threat to the city. A December 29 circular said the ban would be in force from December 31 to January 29. But the restriction was not lifted subsequently.
Students design and fly such models as part of coursework. Aeromodelling is also a popular sport and has spawned national and international competitions which see participation from across the country.
Some colleges have petitioned the Indian Academy of Model Aeronautics (IAMA) seeking its intervention to enable their students to conduct flying tests at Mahalaxmi racecourse. Team Onyx India from KJ Somaiya College of Engineering has written to IAMA, saying, "...our team has represented our country at various international competitions in the US across years," said the letter.