Maritime training scope for youths

If a career in the merchant navy is what gets you kicked, there is delightful news in the offing, for Singapore-based Pentagon Shipping and Logistics would set up a trai- ning hub.

The firm plans to pump in over Rs 25-30 crore over the next three to five years and set up a training institute across 12-15 acres near Patna.

The chairman of Pentagon Shipping and Logistics, Captain Nalin Pandey, said they have already applied for the land.

Pandey said: "We would set up a world-class infrastructure facility for the youths of Bihar. The maritime training will not only give them better scope of joining the merchant navy, they will also be highly paid. The workforce aboard merchant navy ships is highly specialised."

Pandey added that they would be offering three courses in the beginning ' marine engineering, nautical science and general purpose ratings with 40 seats in each. The duration of these would be four years, three years and nine months (6+3), respectively.

Pandey said: "We have found that around 6,000 to 7,000 officers from Bihar are working in shipping all over the world. In India, there is a lack of proper training. If proper training is imparted, the results would be much better. With updated skill and talent, would be able to compete with European countries."

Pandey added: "There are almost 72-80 types of courses available but only one is provided by other institutes. Our aim is to provide all courses. This is one of the reasons why I am calling it a maritime hub. The government of Bihar is investor friendly. I am keen to participate in the growth story of the state."

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