Controversial Maritime Training – Urgent Reforms Needed !!

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.]

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19 replies »

  1. Authors of NGseries have mentioned the quota system,this is important that the marine institutes should give more attention to remove it.

  2. I do not agree that the best shippies are from T.S. Chanakya or from DMET, they must be good for talking but really shippies are those who can talk as well as do the work.

  3. It is certainly true of what the authors have said as my son is waiting for his training onboard after finishing two years of study at glasgow. I very well understand the jobless issue.

  4. How to solve the existing problem levelled in your article, what is your suggestion in this regard

  5. No pint in talking, standards lowered to meet shortage!! what is this Pav Bhaji? Also idiots have fille dthe corridors of DG and MMD greedy corrupy an dpower hungry. It is amazing to see these morons in MMD and DG talk – shocking to know that these idiots were on baord ships once.

  6. The article is well aimed at the authorities, but these authorities need more strong and stern articles for them to wake up and react.

  7. Output from Maritime schools is poor because they have become money machines not becaof quotas. If standards are maintained and those failing to come up to scratch weeded out, it is irrelevant if they are quota boys or not. To be continued.

  8. SEEMS LIKE BOTH THE GUYS HAVE NO IDEA OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM AROUND THE WORLD,SAME STORY LIKE WE ALL SAY WE HAVE BRAINS BUT NO ONE COULD PIONEER ANY FIELD , PLS. GROW UP & BROADEN YOUR HORIZON. KOOP MANDOOKS

  9. The biggest problem seafarers are facing is substandard ships (FOC) operated as laundry mechines, Due to this most of our excellent seafarers are hesitating to go to sea. Tax evaders are using ships to multiply their wealth in very short time. Companies spoil careers of the voice raisers.

  10. Well written, more direct language is required for our politicians/administration to wake up and do the needful.

  11. The blame game has never worked. It is surprising that with so many experienced seafarers in the training industry, we still have training systems that are impractical n sleep inducing at best.

  12. Yes I saw many officers who cant even speak english correctly. Also most of the companies are preferring only the recommended candidates. Due to this many talented people are not getting chance to go to sea.

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