Ministry of Shipping in association with Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gramin Kaushal Yojana (DDU-GKY), Ministry of Rural Development conducted a one-day workshop on “Skill Development in the Port and Maritime Sector” in New Delhi on June 8. The workshop was inaugurated by Secretary (Shipping) Mr Gopal Krishna and Mr Bishnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament from Andaman and Nicobar.
Speaking on the occasion Secretary, Shipping said, Skill Development in the Port & Maritime sector is an opportunity to improve India’s coastal areas, usher in port led prosperity and provide the world with skilled youth. India is one of the leading suppliers of seafarers in the world and now wants to be the leading supplier for all talent in the Port and Maritime sector. Mr Ray also lauded the efforts made by the Ministry of Shipping. The workshop brought together employers, training partners and government and private institutions working in the Port and Maritime sector.
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), which was unveiled at the Workshop. 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.