MUMBAI : Narottam Morarjee Institute of Shipping (NMIS) held its 38th Convocation and Prize Distribution Ceremony in Mumbai at the Shipping House of The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) on 18th February 2017.
Dr. Malini Shankar, IAS, DG Shipping was the Chief Guest while Capt. Avinash Batra, Chairman – Seahorse Ship Agencies was the Guest of Honour on this auspicious occasion. Capt. Anoop Sharma, CMD, The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. presided over the function.
Capt. B. B. Sinha - Chairman of NMIS, Mr. K M Sheth, Chairman – Great Eastern Shipping, Mr. Deepak Shetty, IRS, Ex-DG Shipping, Capt. Anil Singh, Senior Vice President & MD – DP World (Indian Subcontinent), Capt. Deepak Tewari, CEO - MSC Agency (India), Mr. Julian Bevis, Senior Director, South Asia, Maersk Group along with senior members of the leading Maritime Associations and Trade were all present to applause the achievement of NMIS students.
The institute felicitated Mr. M. P Pinto, Ex- Shipping Secretary and Mr. K. M. Sheth with the NMIS Life Time Achievement Award. Mr. Deepak Shetty, Capt. Anil Singh and Capt. Deepak Tewari were also felicitated with NMIS Honorary Fellowship during this event for their immense contribution in taking Indian Maritime and Logistics sector to new heights.
Dr. Malini Shankar, IAS, DG Shipping presented Mementos to these Industry Stalwarts for their special contribution to the Shipping Industry.
Special plaques were given to the benevolent donors such as Shah Foundation, Capt. Avinash Batra of Seahorse Trust, A. S. Moloobhoy & Sons, DP World, J. B. Boda and Prerna Trust for supporting around 50 of the deserving students of NMIS by subsidizing around 50% of their fees. A Special plaque was also given to Mr. H Subramaniam of NMIS and Mr. Giriraj Rathod of MbPT for their distinguished academic contribution.
Capt B. B. Sinha Chairman of NMIS in his welcome address highlighted the history of NMIS and outlined the commercial shipping knowledge imparted by this esteemed institute. He also mentioned that NMIS aspires to become a deemed university soon and strives to become a World Class Institute in future.
Capt. M. M. Saggi, Director of NMIS presented the report card of the institute. He stated that institute that was established in the year 1969 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,
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. Today the institute is enrolling over 600 students. It has a pan India presence in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Kandla and Goa. He also indicated institute has plans to start MBA in shipping and short specialised courses in shipping. He highlighted that institute is going digital in imparting training and conducting assessment so as optimise its reach. He reminded the audience that Smt. Sumati Morarjee was 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 Company Limited and architect of modern Indian Shipping.
He also added that from this year onwards NMIS will additionally subsidize fees of 50 more students, thus the fees of 100 students i.e. 1 out of every 6 would be subsidized. Capt Saggi, before concluding, especially thanked Ms. Nafessa Moloobhoy for introducing a cash prize of Rs. One lakh for the top girl student of 1st and 2nd year. He also thanked the sponsors of cash awards and medals i.e. Shipping Corporation of India (for their invaluable support to NMIS), 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. He also pointed that the vision of NMIS is to impart world class Commercial Shipping Training to one and all at affordable cost. He concluded by stating that Mission of NMIS is to pursue growth in Shipping and related logistics through capacity building in Maritime education and training and our goal is “Shipping Padhao – Shipping Badhao”.
Capt Anoop Sharma, CMD – SCI, in his address highlighted how SCI has been the part of growth story of NMIS since inception by providing all the infrastructural facility required for proper functioning of this esteem institute. He also requested all in the shipping industry to contribute generously towards the growth of NMIS.
Capt Avinash Batra, Chairman – Seahorse Ship Agencies in his address thanked NMIS for having him as the Guest of Honour and thanked them for it was a matter of great pride and pleasure for him. He also applauded NIMS's immense and incomparable contribution in imparting the Knowledge of Commercial Shipping to students inturn helping them to make a long term career in Shipping Industry.
He advised the NMIS may consider commencing short term specialised courses for students keeping in line with changing needs of the industry.
He also suggested to impart interpersonal and communication skills (Soft Skills) to industry professionals. As a piece of advice to the students he also said that Ethics and Integrity play a very vital role in making a successful career and also a good human being.
Mr. Deepak Shetty, IRS, Ex- DG Shipping, felt honoured, privileged and humbled for having received NMIS Honorary Fellowship.
Capt. Anil Singh of DP World also expressed his humble gratitude on receiving NMIS Honorary Fellowship from DG Shipping. He pointed out the contribution of NMIS in imparting the commercial knowledge of shipping and helping the students for a successful career in Shipping. He also made a humble request to the trade for encouraging the gender diversity in Shipping Industry.
Capt. Deepak Tewari, CEO – MSC Agency (India) thanked NMIS for conferring Honorary Fellowship. He expressed his humble gratitude. In his message, he sincerely urged the Trade to join hands to end Sea Blindness. He also encouraged the trade to showcase as to how Shipping Industry can positively change the economy of the Nation.
Mr. M. P Pinto, Ex- Shipping Secretary on receiving the NMIS Life Time Achievement Award from the DG Shipping commented that he has spent nearly 20 years in the Industry only because of his passion towards this industry. Shipping industry is one home and he would never want to leave this home.
Mr. K M Sheth, Chairman – Great Eastern Shipping, on receiving the NMIS Life Time Achievement Award commented that, “I was under the impression that Life Time Achievement Award is given when you have retired, that's why I should like to clarify I have not yet stopped working”. He apprised the audience that nearly 65 years of his life was dedicated to Shipping Industry. He wished that there was a larger share of Indian flags in our export-import trade.
Dr. Malini Shankar, IAS, DG Shipping in her address thanked NMIS for making her the Chief Guest for this auspicious occasion. She also lauded the efforts of NMIS Girl's students as most of the prizes given during the 38th Convocation and Prize Distribution Ceremony went to Girl's students. She also highlighted current challenging times for shipping sector due to the slowdown in exports. She also endorsed the views of imparting training in Ethics & Integrity to students apart from upgrading their soft skills for a successful career.