Air Force Technical College, Bangalore

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Air Force Technical College, Bangalore
Type Military college
Established 4 July 1949
Commandant Air Commodore CR Mohan VSM
Location Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Nickname AFTC

Air Force Technical College is situated in Bangalore, India.


Air Force Technical College (AFTC) was established on 4 July 1949, in collaboration with Air Service Training Co. (Hamble), U.K. with Gp.Capt. J Beaumont CBE, DFC, as the first Commandant. The college was then named as Technical Training College (TTC). The entire staff of the College were officers and technicians from the Royal Air Force (RAF). The first principal of the college was Gp.Capt. Vaghuan Phillips, who was succeeded by Gp.Capt.Thripps. Technical staff included Sir.William Houghton - the co-inventor of Radar, Mr.B.H.Middleton of Smiths Aircraft Instruments U.K., Mr.Holbon of the Rolls Royce and Mr.Sturggeon of de Havilland. Mr.Porter headed the Department of Basic Engineering Technology.

Technicians were trained for the IAF from 1949, after India became independent. The youths were aged between 15 and 17.5. The streams were divided under seven categories: Airframes, Aero Engines, Aircraft Instruments, Electricals, Wireless,Radar and Armaments, and allotted according to the individual's aptitude. The ab initio training was for a period of two years as aircraft apprentice followed by 1-year practical training at the various air force flying and maintenance establishments in the country after which they returned to the college for advanced training in their disciplines for another year. However this was modified after the 6th entry of apprentices passed out and the later batches were trained for the entire 4 years at the A.F.T.C., after the completion of which they passed out as full aircraft technicians in Group I trades with a liability to render 15 years regular and 9 years reserve service. Some of them later qualified and rose to the position of Air Marshal in their respective branches of specialization or branched off to other flying arms like, Pilots,Navigators, Flight Signalers, Flight Engineers, Flight Gunners/ Many left the IAF to become Engineers, Technocrats and Managers in civilian establishments.Some of them joined the Indian Army during the Indo-China war and rose to the rank of Colonel in technical branches. The first Apprentice who graduated from the college in 1951 carrying the service No. 400001 by name G.K. Pillay belonged to the Aero Engines group.Most of the graduates from AFTC during the course of employment in the IAF were trained in foreign countries like UK, US, Germany, France and Russia on specialised equipment and aircraft.

In commemoration of completion of 60 years since the passing-out of the I batch of technicians, an alumni association called "AFTCIANS" was formed in 2011 led by G.Sivasankara Pillai (14th Rad.).Annual Reunions are held where the former Apprentices along with their family,who are now in the seventies and eighties congregate to savour their nostalgia! The 9th Reunion meeting was held at KOLKATA in November 2016.

After TTC was renamed as AFTC on 1 January 1957, Gp. Capt M.J. Kriplani MBE took over as the first Indian commandant of the college. AFTC is the alma mater for all technical officers of the Indian Air Force. In December 1962, during the national emergency, the Apprentices' Training Scheme was terminated with the 22nd Entry and the Direct entry officers' training was accelerated. In Dec 1971 the four technical branches of Tech (Engines),Tech (Elect),Tech(Signals) & Tech (Armament)were integrated into two i.e., Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) and Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) designated as AE(M) and AE(L). The first batch to graduate under this scheme commenced their training in Jan 1972.The college is equipped with many Engineering and Science laboratories,fighter, bomber,and transport aircraft, and has an airfield.

The crest of the College depicts a mechanical gear and emanating electrical waves superimposed by torch bearing an eternal flame. The President of India approved the crest on 08 Aug 62. The motto on the crest is 'Gyanen Shobhamahe' (it is knowledge through which we find pride in ourselves). The College was awarded the "Presidential Colors" by Pratibha Patil on 12 Nov 08.


Some of the important events in the history of AFTC are given below:- (a) Sep,1951 - 1st Entry Passing out-Parade of Apprentices From T.T.C.

(b) 1st Apr., 1954 - First Indian Chief of Staff Air Marshal Mukherjee takes salute at the Passing out Parade held in the College air field of 2nd entry Con-Course and 6th entry Apprentices.

(c) April,1956. Air Services Training Ltd.,(Hamble) hand over the training responsibilities to Indian staff.

(d)1st Jan, 1957 - Name of the institution changed to Air Force Technical College.

(e)Mar 1958 - 1st Foreign Officer (Indonesian) Joins AFTC

(f) Aug 1962 - President of India approves Crest of AFTC Gyanen Shobhamahe'

(g) Dec,1962. - Aircraft Apprentices Scheme comes to a close.

(h) Apr 1993 - Ist Batch of 25 Women Officers are inducted

(j) Jul 1999 - Golden Jubilee Year celebrated

(k) Aug 2003 - Establishment of Software Development Centre

(l) 26 May 05 - Chief of Air Staff inaugurates Back- drop to Parade Ground

(m) 01 Apr 06 - Commencement of Ist Distance Education Course

(n) 12 Nov 08 - Presidential Colors awarded to AFTC

(O) 14th Nov., 2014 - AFTCIANs (Surviving EX-Apprentices) from 1st to 22nd Entry make a memorable visit to Alma Mater. The Comdt. hosts a tea party in their honour. (p) 11th Nov., 2016. - Presentation of Rolling Trophies and Mementos for being awarded to future Engineers by AFTC Ex-Apprentices.


The stated aim of the college is to educate and train engineers from various disciplines on the current technologies of aircraft, weapon and support system held by Indian Air Force and also to instil qualities of military leadership and managerial skills for members of officer cadre of the Indian Air Force. The college in Addition to training engineers of Indian Air Force and its sister services has also trained officers of DRDO, HAL, Air India and many personnel from friendly countries in South East Asia and Middle East.


Commandants of AFTC
Rank Name Dates
Gp Capt J Beaumont CBE DFC July 1949 - July 1956
Gp Capt MJ Kriplani MBE July 1956 - June 1961
Gp Capt K Narshiman July 1961 - August 1965
Gp Capt HD Mehra July 1966 - September 1966
Gp Capt RJ Hermon November 1966 - January 1970
Gp Capt JN Jungalwalla January 1970 - June 1972
Air Cmde SS Sehgal June 1972 - January 1977
Air Cmde Satinder Singh January 1977 - June 1981
Air Cmde SK Verma July 1981 - January 1983
Air Cmde S Venkatraman January 1983 - November 1983
Air Cmde S Roy December 1983 - March 1985
Air Cmde CL Kotwal March 1985 - September 1986
Air Cmde JP Dhir October 1986 - July 1988
Air Cmde S Srinivasan VSM August 1988 - January 1990
Air Cmde PN Bajaj January 1990 - April 1991
Air Cmde SS Gupta VSM April 1991 - February 1992
Air Cmde K Badrinarayanan VSM February 1992 - August 1994
Air Cmde SKS Sitaram VSM September 1994 - May 1996
Air Cmde DS Gotra November 1996 - December 1997
Air Cmde SK Jindal January 1998 - September 2000
Air Cmde RC Kakar VSM September 2000 - July 2002
Air Cmde SL Sharma VSM July 2002 - July 2004
Air Cmde Kamal Singh AVSM September 2004 - September 2006
Air Cmde Rajiv Mital VSM September 2006 - November 2008
Air Cmde P Kanakraj VSM December 2008 - August 2009
Air Cmde AK Paul VSM August 2009 - Feb 2012
Air Cmde Alok Singh Feb 2012- Dec 2013
Air Cmde MK Guleria VSM Dec 2013- Dec 2014
Air Cmde PK Shrivastava VSM Dec 2014- Mar 2016
AVM PK Shrivastava VSM Apr 2016 - Apr 2016
Air Cmde CR Mohan VSM May 2016 - Till Date


Coordinates: 13°3′6.04″N 77°31′16.42″E / 13.0516778°N 77.5212278°E / 13.0516778; 77.5212278