Frequently Asked Questions
Institute of Maritime Studies Related:
- What is Institute of Maritime Studies, Goa?
Answer: The Institute of Maritime Studies, Goa, has been in existence since September 1997. The trainees passed out from IMS are working on various ships of Indian and Foreign Shipping companies, in various ranks. Feed back from the Industry and the Trainees show that IMS is imparting quality training.
- Why should a person join this Institute?
Answer: This Institute has an impeccable record of, arguably, training and giving to the Maritime Industry the finest marine engineers since inception. Not having a profit motive, the Institute is able to give the best possible training in theoretical and practical subjects, with no cost cuttings corners. The Institute is very proud of the accomplishments of its students over the years all over the world. The Institute gives practical and theoretical training along with development of officer like qualities in all the students. This rounded personality therefore finds success in the shipping world. If you decide to join this Institute then you should to prepared to work very hard and with all your sincerity of purpose to achieve the goal of becoming an excellent Marine Engineer.
- How does the Institute help a candidate?
Answer: The interaction between the Institute and the candidate does not end with the ending of a training programme for which the candidate has paid fees. Depending on the candidate, the Institute continues to help him in refreshing his theoretical and practical skills as required. The Institute has an active alumni interaction and continues to monitor the progress of the passed out students. The Institute also continues to help its ex-students during their professional examinations later on.
- How does a Marine Engineer get promotion and rise to higher levels of responsibility?
Answer: A marine engineer joins a ship as a trainee and rises to the level of Chief Engineer by sheer hard work, sincerity and dedication to his profession. He is required to pass professional examinations at regular intervals in order to get promoted as 4th, 3rd, 2nd and finally Chief Engineer.
- What is the Pre Sea Training like?
Answer: A structured training programme is followed which means that the Government approved syllabus is completed in finite time period with evidence of completion. Students are kept busy with practical and classroom training with alternating sessions of theory and practicals.
Additional topics, often suggested by the Industry are also taken up.
Course Delivery is an important part of the ISO accreditation of the Institute.
- What is life at IMS like?
Answer: As mentioned, students are kept busy during the week with training programmes from Monday to Saturday. Sunday is a day of rest. Hostel stay is compulsory with shore leave permitted on Saturday evenings from 5 PM till 10 PM and on Sundays from 8 AM till 10 PM. One Night Off is given per month usually on the first Saturday.
Apart from training, students are encouraged to take part in Sports within the Sadans of the Hostel and with the other Maritime Institutes at Goa. They also organize an Annual Cultural Day during which songs, skits, dramas etc. are presented.
In short, life for students is quite busy and time just flies!!!
- Are there any holidays/vacations during the training programme?
Answer: The Institute observes 14 different National Gazetted and Non-Gazetted Holidays to allow observance of festivals etc.
A Summer Break of approximately 10 Days is taken in May every year along with a 5 day break in August/September.
- Are you allowed to leave the training if you do not want to continue?
Answer: Yes. However no refund of fees is allowed.
- How do you compare a Marine Engineer with other professionals?
Answer: In our view, a Marine Engineer is a complete Engineer when compared to others because he is confident and capable of doing the most complex of repairs, maintenance and operation of sophisticated and very expensive Marine machineries. He is also willing and able to take up tasks traditionally performed by ITI, Polytechnic or Engineering College trained engineers in the Indian Industries.
Thus compared to others, a Marine Engineer is capable of taking up work involving a lot of physical skill like welding / gas cutting etc. to complex diagnostics on machinery systems like a Doctor for his patients.
- What are your premier courses and how do you tend to promote these courses among the existing and aspiring mariners?
Answer: We are promoting two courses approved by DG Shipping, Govt. of India namely
a. One year Pre sea course in Marine Engineering for Degree Holders in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture.
b. Two years Pre sea course in Marine Engineering for Diploma Holders in Mechanical/Electrical/Marine/Shipbuilding and Electrical & Electronics Engineering.Our unique selling points for aspiring Mariners are
a. The Institute has received the Highest possible grade A+ during the Comprehensive Inspection Programme as required by Directorate General of Shipping, Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India
b. Candidates are placed with Shipping Companies during the selection process or afterwards.
c. Fees charged are as per expenses with marginal surplus. The owners / promoters of the Institute do not make any profits from these courses.
d. Till date more than 1200 candidates have passed from this Institute and are happily employed in various Indian and International shipping companies.
- There is a common perception among senior mariners that the quality of seamanship has deteriorated over the years. How has your institute responded to this and focused on producing quality seafarers?
Answer: We also agree that the quality of seamanship has deteriorated amongst the Indian Seafarers. However we firmly believe that blaming seafarers alone is not being fair to them. Basic training given in a Maritime Institute affects the thought process, attitude, officers like qualities and ability to shoulder responsibilities at every stage in life of the seafarer.
Therefore Institute of Maritime Studies lays great emphases on good behaviour, proper conduct, honesty and respect for hard work during the training programme. This is in addition to the completion of technical syllabus as laid down by DG Shipping.
- Considering the fact that now the number of maritime training institutes have increased significantly how do you plan to sustain your position in the market? What are the basic factors which differentiate your organization from any other maritime training institute?
Answer: We plan to sustain ourselves in the constantly changing market by ensuring the following:
a. Giving to the Maritime Industry the best possible Marine Engineers
b. Maintaining our standards year on year
c. Requirements for training remain supreme and all that needs to be done towards successful completion of training is taken very seriously.
d. Constantly upgrading the training programme over and above the statutory requirements.
e. Industry feedbacks from employers are considered and added to the syllabus for e.g 4G Welding Training, Additional training on Engine Room Simulator, Roster wise duty for watchkeeping on captive Diesel Generator plant, Fire Patrol Duties etc.
- How do you plan to widen your scope and include a broader section of the population thereby spreading your network amidst the tremendous competition? Have you considered the relative importance of the online channels as an alternative tool for delivering the lectures to the students from a distance?
Answer: Present scheme of things do not permit us to conduct Distance Education for offsite candidates. Since we conduct only DG approved courses we have to follow their guidelines.
- What are the chances that an esteemed institute like you will incorporate an e-learning platform for the mariners in order to widen your scope of operations beyond just your locality in the future? Do you think that it is a feasible option?
Answer: E Learning platform has been developed and is now incorporated in the Teaching process for the Enrolled students staying on campus.
- The current shortage of the experienced senior officers as faculties are haunting the training institutes. How do you plan to tackle the shortage of trained faculties in the industry in future?
Answer: Shelf life of an active Seafarer is considerably less than those employed elsewhere. After working as Chief Engineer for sometime, the Seafarer is often looking for a change. Teaching / Training budding seafarers is highly attractive provided the seafarer is given his due in terms of Intellectual and Emotional satisfaction. Marine Engineers, specially, are very eager to display their knowledge of complex Machineries and systems to a receptive youngster and they also make good teachers. In this way, if the transition from shipboard life to shore life can be made painless for the seafarer then we do not see why he should not take up the challenge of working in a training institute.