Friday, December 20, 2013

ICS felicitates Capt. Bhardwaj


With a view to recognizing his achievements that are regarded as a source of inspiration to many young entrants to the shipping industry in the region, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Chennai branch felicitated Capt. Suresh Bhardwaj, Fellow of Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London, for earning the coveted Ph. D Doctoral degree in Ship Management from the prestigious Plymouth University of UK recently.

Founding member and past Chairman of ICS Chennai branch, Capt. Suresh Bhardwaj also carries the distinction of being the first Vice Chancellor of the first Maritime University of India.

Capt. Bhardwaj started his Ph. D programme in 2009 as a collaborative research project with Danish Maritime University with funding of 500, 000 Danish Kroners. After two years, due to recession, the department at the university was closed down and Plymouth University in UK readily accepted to transfer his work-in-progress, which he successfully completed in November this year.

After completing his initial education from Bishop Cotton School, Nagpur, Capt. Bhardwaj joined the T. S. Rajendra in 1973. He began his career with Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) in 1975 and stayed with them right through his sailing career and shore-based appointment until 1991.

Capt. Bhardwaj appeared for his ICS examination in April 1982 soon after clearing his Master FG examination in the first attempt in February that year, and stood second in the ICS examination worldwide.

On shore in Chennai office of SCI from 1988 to 1991, he inspired his colleagues to take up ICS examinations and later joined them in founding the ICS Chennai branch that had its humble beginning in SCI Chennai office.

In 2005 he joined AMET at the invitation of Maersk Line. His tenure saw the academy’s upgradation to a full-fledged university offering courses serving all the marine industry verticals.

In his acceptance speech, Capt. Bhardwaj thanked ICS Chennai branch for the great honour bestowed on him and his wife Aprajita Bhardwaj, who was the motivational force behind the success.

Capt. Bhardwaj stated: “Ph. D was actually never on my radar ever. A meeting with a Danish lady scholar, wife of a Captain at the Lloyds Conference in Mumbai triggered the chain of events. While it was a lot of hard work doing research concurrently with a full-time job, the amount of learning and new insights that I gained of the industry was very satisfying, especially when the work has to be pitched at global standards.”

He dedicated his work to his wife Aprajita Bhardwaj, who is holding Ph. D in Psychology from Madras University, and played a key role in completing the project.

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