Thursday, August 1, 2013

DG Shipping tightens noose on unscrupulous Maritime Training Institutes (MTIs)


A new system of rating termed as Comprehensive Inspection Programme (CIP) for Maritime Training Institutes (MTIs) was launched by DG Shipping at the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) Office in Mumbai on July 31.
CIP is the merger of 3 separate audit process on MTIs comprising scheduled inspection by Academic Council, Quality Management System (QMS) audit by a certifying body and rating assessment by credit and debit rating agencies like CRISIL and ICRA.

CIP background
Almost two decades after maritime training in India was opened up for private participation, there are around 130 maritime institutes in the country offering pre-sea and post-sea training in varying streams. Though all of them are functioning under the centralised control and monitoring regime of the DG Shipping, it is a well-known fact that there exists a wide variance in the quality of training imparted in these institutes.

Traditionally, the monitoring mechanisms of the DG largely depended on the physical inspection of the institutes by the inspection teams from the respective Academic Councils (ACs), predominantly comprising the technical officers of the Mercantile Marine Departments (MMDs). However, the growing number of maritime institutes and voluminous increase in the responsibility of the maritime administration for the implementation of new international convention requirements, aggravated by the shortage of technical officers in the MMDs, affected the inspection regime, warranting the Directorate to evolve alternate monitoring mechanisms to ensure the quality and uniformity required in the maritime training sector.
The introduction of the process of quality certification by certifying bodies and grading of institutes by the rating agencies too have not met the desired objective due to lack of domain expertise of agencies in the maritime field. 
Therefore it was intended by the DG Shipping to go in for CIP to integrate all the three existing inspection processes a maritime training institute is currently required to undergo on regular basis.

Inspecting agencies

Any Classification Society (CS) authorized by the Government of India as Recognised Organization (RO) may offer its services for the inspection, gradation and certification of institutes. The inspection team shall essentially consist of qualified auditors with appropriate marine background and not less than 50% of the members shall have suitable seafaring experience. The assessment of the maritime courses leading to the Certificates of Competency (CoC) shall be undertaken by a team headed by an auditor holding the CoC issued or recognised by the GoI as Master (Foreign Going) or Chief Engineer (unlimited power). The institute shall have the option of approaching any of the above mentioned ROs for the inspection/audit and certification.
The audit frequency and the certification validity shall be largely governed by the concept of 5-year cycle employed for the audit survey services. The methodology for grading includes assessment of infrastructure set-up and maintenance, faculty and Human Resource Development, student development programmes (Academics & Personality), recruitment and placement records as well as overall performance and long-term prospects.


In case the institute is still not satisfied with the grading, the head of the institute may make a formal appeal to the Chairman of the respective Academic Council along with a fee as prescribed by the Directorate from time to time. The Chairman may depute an audit team comprising the members of the Academic Council with equal participation of external and internal members to re-assess the grading assigned by the RO. The decision of the Academic Council on the grading shall be final and binding on the institute as well as on the RO, says a DG note.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much Sundar! I had a lovely time over coffee chit chatting with you!

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