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New system to rate maritime training institutes

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Mumbai , Jan. 5

IN a bid to ensure skills and professional standards of Indian seafarers, the Government has introduced a rating system for maritime training institutes in the county.

Three rating agencies, Crisil, Icra and Care, have been given approval to assign rating to these institutes, according to Mr G.S. Sahni, Director General of Shipping.

There are nearly 130 private institutes currently running pre-sea and post sea training in India. The rating of these institutes is expected to ensure consistency of quality in maritime training and education, Mr Sahni told a news conference.

However, he said, rating is not made mandatory but it could be considered for renewing the registration of these institutes or expanding their capacity.

At present, expect for inspection by the academic councils, there is no other system of accurate evaluation of training institutes. There has been wide variation in the quality of training being imparted by various institutes, Mr Sahni said.

Rating or grading of institutions will be done on five scale point ie: outstanding, very good, good, average and below grading standard.

The rating agency shall grade the course and the grading will in turn lead to institutional grading, Mr Sahni said. There are 151 parameters listed out for rating, which will be valid for a period of two years.

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