A revised GP
rating syllabus, has been prepared emphasizing more than practical skills
(hands on training of the GP rating students), says a DG Shipping note. The
aims of the revised GP ratings course is to provide pre-sea training that would
balance theoretical knowledge, practical skills, safety consciousness and
efficiency for those who wish to take up seafaring as a profession to serve as
ratings on merchant ships. The curriculum intends to make the rating competent
all round with hands on skills in both the deck and engine departments and not
merely comply with minimum requirements.
curriculum also includes the knowledge, understanding and proficiency as
specified in Table A-II/5(‘Able Seafarer-Deck’) and A-III/5 (‘Able
Seafarer-Engine’) of STCW convention as amended in 2010 and after the
prescribed sea experience as watch keeping rating, would enable the rating to
comply with regulation A-II/5 and A-III/5 of the STCW convention as amended in
2010 and obtain certificate of proficiency as ‘Able Seafarer-Deck” or “Able
Seafarer-Engine” as applicable.
rating must for new institutes approved from 2017 onwards
education regulator has made Comprehensive Inspection Programme
(CIP) mandatory for new institutes approved for GP ratings from 2017
onwards. The institutes shall undergo inspection as per the CIP for Pre-sea
institutes as per DGS order NO.04 of 2016 dated 12th Sept 2016
within 15 months of starting the first course and it should achieve a grading
of A2 at least, by approved R.O. If any institute is graded less than
A2, it will be allowed one year time to upgrade to A2, failing which
it shall be closed down and derecognized.
ramp up for B1 rated existing institutes
institutes shall undergo inspection as per the CIP for pre-sea institutes as
per DGS order no.4 of 2016 dated 12th Sept 2016 within the
stipulated time period given therein. If the existing institute is graded less
than B1, it will be allowed to 1 year time to upgrade to B1, and thereafter, if
will be allowed 1 year time to upgrade to A2. Until such time the Institutes achieve
A2 grade, no increase in capacity, frequency or batches will be considered for
the institute. The continuation of approval of Institute getting C1 and C2
rankings may be reviewed by the DGS for it to be closed down and derecognized.
The inspection and disciplinary action if any for deficiencies would be as per
DGS Order No.07 of 2016 and DGS Order 04 of 2016. The cost of scheduled
inspections shall be borne by the concerned institute.
ratings pass outs ought to be placed within one year
As per the
revised GP ratings programme, the institute shall admit only those candidates
for whom they have secured sponsorship from shipping companies for six months
onboard training. Institute shall submit the sponsorship letter to DGS, before
admitting the students for each batch.
will be obtained from the MIT about placement to be done through Indian
shipping companies or DGS approved RPSL agencies. The MMD shall verify the
capability of the said Indian shipping companies or RPSL companies to place the
students for onboard ship training and shall give a clear finding in this
respect in their recommendation to this Directorate after the inspection.
are to ensure placement for onboard training with Indian Shipping companies or
DGS approved RPSL, of a minimum of 85% of all its trainees who have passed out
from the GP ratings course within a period of 12 months from the date of
passing out/examination result.
records will be checked during every CIP inspection by the ROS as per the norms
specified therein, and any non-compliance will result in the intake of the
institute to be reduced for the next academic year or approval will be
shall upload all data related to the course on E-Samundra within 10 working
days of the commencement of the course. And must forward a soft copy and hard
copy of list candidates enrolled for the course to:The DGS, INDOS cell and
examination authority in a prescribed format as envisaged by DG note. Seeking
stakeholders response, DGS calls upon All stakeholders/concerned to go through
the revised syllabus to give their inputs/comments/feedback before 15th July,
2017 at email@example.com, says an official note on 30th June.