MUMBAI: Narottam Morarjee Institute of Shipping (NMIS) held its 39th Convocation and Prize Distribution Ceremony in Mumbai at the Shipping House of The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) on 3rd February 2017.
Mr. Pradeep T. Rawat, Chairman of National Shipping Board, was the Chief Guest and Dr. Shashi Kiran Shetty, Founder & Chairman of Allcargo Logistics, was the Guest of Honour for this auspicious event. Capt. Anoop Sharma, CMD, SCI presided over the function.
Mr. Shrikant V Kher, Chairman, NMIS, Capt. M.M. Saggi, Director, NMIS, Capt. J.C. Anand, Ex-Chairman, IRS, Mr. Deepak Shetty, IRS, Ex-DG Shipping, Mr. Shailesh Bhatia, Past President, AMTOI, Mr. Vivek Kele, Past President, AMTOI, Shri Arun Kumar Gupta, Ex-CMD, SCI, Capt. Arun Karkare, Mr. Umesh Grover, Secretary General, CFSAI, Capt. Swaminathan Rajagopalan, Commercial Director, CMA CGM along with senior members of the leading Maritime Associations and Trade participated in the function.
This year, the Institute felicitated Mr. Arvind Parikh, Chairman, LEMUIR Group and Capt. P S Barve, Ex Nautical Advisor to Govt. of India with the NMIS Life Time Achievement Award for their distinguished and sustained contribution to Indian maritime industry.
Capt. Vivek Anand, Director, NYK Line India and President MANSA, Mr. Suresh Parekh, Director Polestar and Mr. Atul Boda, Chairman, JB Boda Group were felicitated with NMIS Honorary Fellowship for their significant contribution to Indian Maritime industry.
The Chief Guest and Guest of Honour presented the Mementos to these Industry Stalwarts for their special contribution.
Special plaques were given to the benevolent donors for providing Scholarships to students ie DL Shah Foundation, Seahorse Trust of Capt. Avinish Batra & Capt. Somesh Batra, A. S. Moloobhoy & Sons, DP World, J. B. Boda, Prerna Trust, Krishnapatnam Port, Maritime Union of India, National Union of Seafarers of India among others for helping the NMIS students. Some of these awards and scholarships were earmarked only for the girls student. Two Faculty members ie Mr. Suhas Kajrolker and Capt. Dhananjay Parulekar were felicitated for their distinguished academic contribution to the Institute.
Capt. Saggi, especially thanked Ms. Nafeesa Moloobhoy for introducing a substantial cash prize of Rs. One lakh for the top girl student of 1st and 2nd year. He also thanked other sponsors of cash awards and medals i.e. Shipping Corporation of India, MUI, WISTA, Scindia, Govt. of Maharashtra, Govt. of Karnataka, Sunrich Shipping, Reshwamwallas, Mr. R.S. Cooper and families of Late Mr. Venkiteswaran, late Capt A. K. Singh and Late Dr. Hariharan for continuously motivating the students of NMIS to excel in their performance.
Mr. Shrikant Kher, Chairman, NMIS, welcomed the Industry stalwarts and leaders from the Maritime trade in his address and thanked all the benevolent donors for their generous contribution to the Institute.
Capt. M. M. Saggi, Director of NMIS presented the report card of the institute. He informed that Institute was established in the year 1969 on the recommendation of National Shipping Board with the objective of imparting core two year diploma and fellowship program. This was duly recognized by the then Ministry of Education, Govt. of India in the year 1983. The institute is managed by the industry professional and is supported by the Ministry of Shipping through DG Shipping, National Shipping Board, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Finance. SCI and INSA are the founding members of NMIS. Minister of Shipping and Secretary Shipping are Ex Officio President and Vice President of the institute.
He also recalled the efforts of great visionary Smt. Sumati Morarjee, Chairperson of Scindia Steam Navigation, in establishing this Institute. She was also the first Chairperson of NMIS. It was named as “Narottam Morarjee Institute of Shipping” in the memory of Late Shri Narottam Morarjee, who was the founder Chairman of Scindia Steam Navigation and architect of modern Indian Shipping.
In the academic year 2016-17, NMIS had enrolled 620 students, together in the first and second year. NMIS has 4 Study centres, 3 in Mumbai ie at Nariman Point, Powai & Seawoods and one in Kandla. 100 hrs of contact Classes are conducted each year, only on weekends, for three hours per week from mid-June to end January, so that students can learn while they earn. Those who are in remote locations and are not able to attend the classes, can join the course under Distance Learning Program (DLP). DLP students can join the live classes on line on weekends for three hours, from any location in the world on their laptops or mobile phones. NIMS has digitized its study material completely. Students can access the indexed digitised study material and indexed recordings of class lectures subject and presentation wise, any time from any location in the World. Exams are conducted in 8 locations across the Country in month of March every year i.e Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kandla, Chennai, Kolkata, Vizag, Goa & New Delhi. Course fees for regular students, who wish to attend the class on weekends is Rs. 30,000/- for the first year and 34,000/- for the second year. In addition students have to pay Rs 5,000/- for exam fees. This includes cost of books and study material. Distance learning students pay Rs 5,000/- less. There are no hidden cost. All our students find good placements during the course itself with Ship owning & management Companies, Shipping related logistic companies, Multimodal transport operators, Freight forwarders & custom house agents, Shipping agencies, Ship & Chartering brokers, Ports, Export/Import Houses & Trade Associates, Insurance & Risk management companies dealing with hull/machinery, cargo & third party liability insurance, Inland container depots & Container freight Stations, Govt. Depts. dealing with shipping related logistics & Law firms dealing with shipping & related logistics. There is no admission test. Anyone with graduation degree can join the course. 10+2 students can also join the course provided they have two years shipping related experience.
He also pointed out that the vision of NMIS is to imparts world class contemporary Commercial Shipping Training to one and all at affordable cost. This is achieved by inducting hands on professionals as lecturers. This ensures that there is no gap between what is tought in and what is practiced in real world. He concluded by stating that Mission of NMIS is to pursue growth in Shipping and related logistics, Multimodal Transportation, Chartering and Shipbroking , Marine Insurance and Export-Import trade through capacity building in Maritime education and training. Our goal is “Shipping Padhao – Shipping Badhao,” he summed up.
Capt. Anoop Sharma, C&MD, SCI in his address said that he was honoured to be at the Helm of both the founding members of NIMS ie SCI and INSA. He re-assured full support from these founders in order to take NMIS to new height.
He also informed the august gathering that along with Mr Kher, Ms. Sangeeta Sharma, Director (Liner & Passenger Service) SCI has been nominated in the Governing Council of NMIS. As a piece of advice to the students of NMIS, he asked them to focus on 3 C, i.e Conviction, Confidence and Capability. He also reminded the students to make learning as a part of their life and continue to learn each and every day.
Dr. Shashi Kiran Shetty, Founder & Chairman, Allcargo Logistics & the Guest of Honour in his address stressed on the need to make institute like NMIS more and more popular and market it in such a manner wherein more people across the maritime and logistics industry can take advantage of it. One of the key challenges faced by the industry today is lack of professional talent. Institute like NMIS are contributing to this cause by imparting professional knowledge of commercial shipping, logistics. He also requested the industry at large to come forward and support NMIS which is empowering students professionally in various vertical of maritime trade. He also assured the management of NMIS, the whole hearted support from the Allcargo Group in addition to providing the faculty and scholarships to deserving students.
Shri Pradeep Rawat, Chief Guest presented the Gold medals/awards & certificates to the students who excelled in the NMIS course.
Dr. Shashikiran Shetty distributed the Prizes and certificates to the meritorious students.
Capt. Anoop Sharma and Mr. Kher distributed the convocation certificates.
Mr. Pradeep T Rawat, Chairman, National Shipping Board and the Chief Guest lauded the NMIS for its educational standards. He also pointed the august gathering that institutes like NMIS sets example before other institutes to emulate. He said the real givers for NIMS are the esteem members of Governing Council of NMIS, benevolent donors and the faculty members. He added that India needs more such giver and Institutes to transform the Country, going forward. He also pointed that it is for the first time that India is aspiring to focus on its strengthen of being a maritime nation due to its vast maritime resources with focus on port led development. Citing the example of maritime nation like Japan, China and Singapore who have developed their economies by taking the advantage of its vast maritime resources. In conclusion he said, Sagarmala (the Vision of Union Shipping Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari), that aspires to contribute 2% to the overall GDP along with the capabilities of students of institute like NMIS can transform the Country.