Inaugurating a one-day workshop on ‘Skill Development
in the Port and Maritime sector’ on June 8 2018 in New Delhi, Secretary (Shipping)
Sh. Gopal Krishna said that India which is one of the leading suppliers of
seafarers now wants to be the leading supplier for all talent in the Port and Maritime sector.
The workshop organized by the Ministry of Shipping in association with
Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gramin Kaushal Yojana (DDU-GKY), Ministry of Rural
Development was inaugurated by Secretary
(Shipping) Sh. Gopal Krishna and Sh. Bishnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament from
Andaman and Nicobar.
Skill Development in the Port & Maritime sector, Shipping Secretary added, apart from
being an opportunity to develop coastal areas, would usher in port-led
development and provide the world with skilled youth.
The workshop brought together employers, training
partners and government institutions working in the Port and Maritime sector,
says an official release. The workshop
also highlighted various skill development initiatives undertaken by the
Ministry of Shipping.
The Ministry of Shipping has completed skill gap
studies of 21 coastal districts in eight states and three Union Territories
(Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, West Bengal, Tamil
Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep) and
currently its implementation is underway. Training of 500 students
per-year-per-district for the next 3 years through Sagarmala DDU GKY (MoRD) -
convergence for Port and Maritime sector skills is being undertaken and
respective State Governments are issuing Expression of Interest (EoI) for
empaneling training partners. Project approvals for Andhra Pradesh and
West Bengal have been done. For the first phase, training has commenced for
2028 students, 1917 have been trained and 1128 have been placed. 92 students
are under training in Odisha.
Additionally, under the Ministry of Shipping’s
flagship Sagarmala Programme a world class Center of Excellence in
Maritime and Ship Building (CEMS) is being set up in partnership
with Siemens and Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) at a cost of INR 766 crore.
It will have campuses at Vishakhapatnam and Mumbai and will train 10,512
students per year. The CEMS aims to become an
international nodal Centre in South Asia, attracting students from neighboring
countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia for
skill development in the Port and Maritime sector. Partial operationalization
of CEMS is expected to start by end of June 2018 and complete
operationalization is expected by September 2018.
In order to improve Occupational Safety and Health
(OSH) in ship breaking yards in Alang, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, a mandatory 12-day
Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) training for all entry level workers has
been undertaken. So far 5011 workers have been trained in OSH. The course
has been reviewed by DG FASLI, Ministry of Labour and third party certification
for the training is under consideration. For Maritime Logistics, a Multi-skill Development
Centre for Maritime Logistics is being set up in Uran near JNPT Mumbai. This centre in
collaboration with Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will
provide for entry level skilled workforce for maritime logistics.
On this occasion a testimonial
booklet highlighting the success stories of trainees trained in Phase -1 of the
Sagarmala-DDU GKY convergence program was released by the dignitaries. The
Ministry of Shipping also released skill gap studies for 21 coastal districts
of India. The reports and the testimonial booklet can be accessed at http://sagarmala.gov.in/project/coastal-community-development/report, ends the release.
To recall, Skill India is a campaign launched by PM
Modi on 15 July 2015 with the aim of training over 40 crore people in India in
different skills by 2022.