It’s a matter of common knowledge, that entrance to the Merchant Navy, was once considered a great and highly respected education institution. T.S.Dufferin became T.S.Rajendra, now T.S.Chanakya is the latest Avtaar; Directorate of Marine Engineering Training Mumbai/Calcutta has now become MERI Mumbai/Calcutta. However, these hallowed institutions have suddenly lost the respect they commanded. This is because entry standards have been levelled down, due to the ‘quota’ system, by the heavy hand of the Authorities. They are trying to ‘micro-manage’ every function of even the handful of new privately managed maritime colleges.
Either the academic standards are too low, or the marking system is flawed or examiners are somehow picking the ‘wrong’ students. All of this points out to an unhealthy manipulation with the entire system and shows as an overall lack of confidence in the Education and Training system.
The rising incidence of joblessness was never a major issue years ago, at least in the Merchant Navy; but it has certainly become a growing concern. Within the ivory towers of Academia, there is a widening mismatch between Demands (of Shipping Industry) and actual Supply of the crude unfinished human resources, developed by an obsolete education and training system. Certainly, new initiatives need to be taken, to make Maritime Training more job-oriented.
|– Vikram Gokhale & N. Nanda (authors of NG Series)|
[Mr Vikram Gokhale and Mr. N. Nanda are both Marine Engineers, who are senior faculty with LBS College. They have extensive experience, not only as teachers in the Marine field, but also practical experience as shipboard engineers, in tackling a variety of problems.]