Seeking to encourage research and development among students of Aerospace Engineering Department, IIT Kanpur has bought a Cessna aircraft from US worth Rs 2.5 crore.

"To encourage research, and facilitate them in their work this plane has been bought," said R K Sachan, acting Registrar, IIT Kanpur.

The aerospace department has two small planes in their flight lab but these were not enough for the students, he said.

"Cessna has a single engine and it can remain air-borne for around seven hours after fuelling," said Sachan.

He was confident that by next month Cessna will be brought to the institute.

Source: Economic Times