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Updated: September 10, 2013 10:12 IST

Shipping Ministry for more Indian seafarers in global fleet

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Gautam Chatterjee
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New maritime degree courses and rethink soon of ban on institutes

To increase the share of Indian seafarers in the global fleet, the Shipping Ministry is planning to introduce long-term pre-sea maritime degree courses and rethinking of lifting the ban on approving new maritime training institutes.

Talking to The Hindu, DG Shipping, Gautam Chatterjee, said: “Currently, Indian seafarers account only for 6.7 per cent in the world maritime domain and our aim is to produce 9 per cent of seafarers by 2015. At the going rate, we might fall short. Hence, we are thinking of lifting the ban on longer courses.”

Approval for courses

On Saturday, Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan said his Ministry was in the process of approving three-year B.Sc Nautical Science and four-year B.E. Marine Engineering course.

“We are also having a rethinking of lifting the ban on approving new maritime training institutes to increase the intake of students to address the shortage of training berths for students. The ban was imposed some two years ago,” Mr. Chatterjee said.

There are 138 maritime training institutes in the country that offers both pre-sea and post-sea training courses and streams. However, there are complaints about wide discrepancy in quality of training imparted by these institutions and its failure to provide placement to the seafarers as promised.

When it was brought to the notice of the DGS, Mr. Chatterjee said the directorate had developed a new comprehensive institution programme to benchmark these institutions on the lines of internationally accepted best practices to measure its outputs. The grading and monitoring would be done by established agencies having domain expertise in the maritime field. It will look into aspects such as quality of teaching process, performance and placement of graduating students, infrastructure facilities and quality of faculty and training facilities, among others.

“These training institutes would be monitored continuously to find out whether the sailors are placed properly. Besides, the students will get a fair chance to know about the quality of course offered compared to other institutes,” he said.

Mr. Chatterjee also said efforts were also on to monitor shipping firms so that the seafarers are provided salaries and basic amenities. Alumni associations had to be created to keep track of the seafarers.

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Instead of opening new courses please look forward to provide job opportunity for existing seaman. Come Mumbai and check the hotels and seaman's club plenty of people waiting for job.Agents dominated whole market from small to bigger companies all taking money for placements.

from:  Akarshan Sood
Posted on: Sep 10, 2013 at 10:58 IST

The DG never fixed the issue of placement of new comers in the first place, then how can they explain the lifting of the ban? There is a huge number of freshers and junior officers who are unemployed and every year the number is increasing. I am sure they are receiving kick backs or they are being pressurised by these institutes for reopening to dupe more and more students. The ban should never be lifted without ensuring placement for the freshers,The way to increase the share of indian seafarers in the market is by incentivising the companies that recruit Indians and not by increasing the number of trainees, there's already a huge number awaiting to join sea who are falling prey to spurious agents and middlemen everyday.

from:  Subhasis Pandey
Posted on: Sep 10, 2013 at 09:41 IST

It seems with this move, Seafarers may find their way simple

from:  Mani Satyanarayana
Posted on: Sep 10, 2013 at 08:52 IST

I became a Ministry of Transport certificated Marine Engineer in 19471951, then continued to upgrade the certification till I was promoted to the berth of a Chief Engineer in the Shipping Corporation of India. There were no 'Degree" courses, and all examinations met the Commonwealth standard ,initially of UK origin. 4 years of apprenticeship in an approoved marine workshop, followed by the Certificate exams and Sea going practice plus more exams was the career track and it staffed the entire newly emergeing Indian Merchant Navy. with needed Engineers and nautical Officers. The Certification exams were held by the DG Shipping (Board of Trade) in the ports of Calcutta and Bombay. In have difficulty trying to fathom the mess this simple system seems to have descended in to currently. Certificated Engineers from India were in demand all over the world.

from:  Abhi Buch
Posted on: Sep 10, 2013 at 08:02 IST

First can they tell how they are going to acheive this?Already many guys who have taken Bank loans and completed courses are running from pole to pillar to get a job.

from:  Mylai Prabhakar
Posted on: Sep 10, 2013 at 06:19 IST
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