Vishwakarma Institute launches 1 year graduate marine engineering courseEducation — By The Desk on September 29, 2009 at 11:58 AM
Indian Express: The Vishwakarma Maritime Institute (VMI), part of Vishwakarma Institute of Technology (VIT), in association with Bernhard Shulte Ship management company, has launched a one-year graduate marine engineering (GME) course. The course will commence from November 1.
Rajkumar Agarwal, chief trustee of Bansilal Ramnath Agarwal Charitable Trust that runs the VIT, Hemant Abhyankar, director of VIT, B B Chandakkar, director of VMI, Rajaish Bajpaee, COO of Bernhard Shulte and S B Mantri, vice chairman of Vishwakarma Global Education made the announcement at a press conference recently.
“The course will have 40 seats and the annual fee will be Rs 3 lakh. The mechanical engineering course at postgraduate level will be of one year duration divided into 8-month theory and 4-month practical sessions,” said Chandakkar.
“Bernhard Schulte has made an agreement with VMI that the students will get job in the company after successful completion of the course,” said Bajpaee
Abhyankar said the course has received approval from the director general of shipping. “It will be a unique kind of industry-academia where the students will get hands on training on sailing ships of Bernhard Schulte during their four-month practical session,” he said.
The VMI has also created a ‘ship in campus’ facility for the students.
“A dismantled ship Escorpio Gas has been brought from a shipyard in Gujarat. The students can actually work on it while learning theory,” said Chandakkar. Bajpaee said, at present, the shipping industry was facing a shortage of around 15,000 trained officers world over.
“There is tremendous potential in this industry. Though Indian officers are sought after worldwide, there are very few maritime institutes in the country to produce the required manpower,” he said.
Mantri said every year in Pune, around 4,000 mechanical engineers pass out from 43 colleges.
“They don’t always get satisfactory jobs. The GME open up more opportunities for students,” he said.