Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping and Chemical and Fertilizers Mansukh Madaviya today urged the Indian Maritime University (IMU) to start a new course in ship breaking and hazardous waste management.
Interacting with the faculty and students of the IMU during hisvisit to the IMU campus here, he said environment friendly ship breaking was in high demand in the current scenario and IMU should cater to this.
The IMU should start a new course in ship breaking and hazardous waste management, he added.
The Minister also asked the officials to arrange for on board training for the students to provide them the best practical knowledge about the industry.
''We should also ask private players to participate in training as this will bridge demand supply of marine experts'', he added.
He said the IMU, established through an Act of Parliament in November 2008 as a Central University, was poised to play a key role in the development of trained human resource for the maritime sector.
Pointing out that the ruling NDA regime has increased the budget for IMU to Rs 40 crore per year to boost the Maritime education as against Rs six crore allotted by the previous government for five years, Mr Mansukh Madaviya said ''our government is committed to provide quality education in all areas, including maritime sector.''
''We have miles to go in marine and nautical education and IMU should strive for it,''he said.
The Minister also urged the IMU authorities to make a study on best Maritime universities across the world and make IMU on par with them.
He also said the university should go more for international interaction to increase the expertise of the students and provide them better exposure.
"I see a lot of potential in the university and we should carry this positively and make it a leading varsity globally. We should provide more opportunities for students and give them the best facilities and training'', he said, adding, the IMU would be the center of excellence in the coming years.
Source: web india. 27 October 2016