Speaking to a special conference held in Mumbai in
December on maritime training and education, Indiaís Director General of Shipping, Malini V. Shankar said: ďIím not here to close down training institutes or
control them. But think of the many mothers and fathers who had to spend their
entire life-time earnings to send their sons for maritime training. Itís only
fair to expect the training institutes to return the favour in full and not
short change them.Ē
DGS, Malini V. Shankar, is pressing for
significant changes to be made to the countryís maritime training sector to
ensure that cadets have a good chance of securing employment. At present, it is
alleged, the quality of training received is often not up to the required
standard, leaving many graduates of maritime training institutes unemployed at
the end of their studies.
According to the Directorate
General of Shipping (DGS), in 2016-17 half of the 15,500 available BE/B-Tech
places available were vacant due to the poor record of employability of many
private colleges. If no action is taken India risks being further overtaken as
a source of maritime labour at a time of growing global skills shortage.
The Director General
suggested there is a need to improve the examination system through online
assessments, and having improved exit checks to stop corrupt practices, such as
the awarding of certificates to students who have not attended the required
India has more than 130
maritime training institutes and the Directorate General of Shipping has
introduced a comprehensive inspection programme (CIP) to grade them based on
various parameters, including how successful they are in securing employment
placements. Consequently any candidate who wants to pursue a career at sea can
now go to the DGS website to find out which institutions have the best
placement rate record.
other suggestions now being considered by DGS include making a biometric
attendance system compulsory for faculty and students; the video recording of practical
training elements, such as lifeboat and fire drills; and centralised exit
examinations for modular courses.