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Merchant Navy After B.Tech.

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Please let me know about the opportunities in the Merchant Navy for a student who has done B.Tech. mechanical engineering. Which institutions offer training to graduates in mechanical engineering for entry into the Me

rchant Navy?



The Merchant Navy plays a vital role in global trade, being involved in the plying of vessels carrying cargo or passengers all over the world. The related career options are those of marine engineer and navigating officer. The excellent pay and promotion opportunities make the career attractive for many.

Meritorious graduates in mechanical engineering can join as engine cadets after undergoing basic pre-sea training.

The Marine Engineering and Research Institute, Hay Bunder Road, Mumbai – 400 033, offers a one-year pre-sea training course through direct admission. BE or B.Tech. degree holders in mechanical engineering or naval architecture with at least 50 per cent marks are eligible for admission. Age limit is 24. The course fee is 1,75,000, which changes from time to time.

The Marine Engineering Training Institute under Cochin Shipyard Ltd. offers one-year pre-sea training for graduates in one of these two disciplines with a minimum 65 per cent marks.

Shipping Corporation of India Ltd., Mumbai, provides training for these graduates to qualify as trainee marine engineers (

The Vels Academy of Maritime Education and Training, Velnagar, Pallavaram, Chennai – 600 117, offers one year pre-sea training for these graduates. They should have scored at least 50 per cent marks in the final year examination. Selection is through a test and interview (

The Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies ( offers graduate marine engineers’ course and deck cadets’ training for meritorious graduates in one of the two disciplines.

Before enrolling in a private institute, ensure that it has recognition of the Directorate-General of Shipping. The list of recognised institutes can be had from

IGNOU course

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and the Directorate-General of Shipping offer a B.Sc. nautical science Course. The programme is aimed at helping students become officers in the Merchant Navy. BE or B.Tech. degree holders below 24 years of age are also eligible for admission. Selection is based on a national-level entrance test and interview. Details may be had from

The higher position that a navigating officer can expect to attain on board a merchant ship is that of the master of the ship (captain) and a marine engineer to that of chief engineer.

M.Com. distance education

I would like to know the details of M.Com. courses being offered through the distance education mode and the institutions offering them.



Those unable to a join regular course can enrol for the M.Com. distance education course. Eligibility for admission, course duration, syllabus and examinations are same as those of the regular courses. Contact classes are usually arranged through study centres to help students clear doubts. Approval of the course by the Distance Education Council is mandatory for securing employment in government-level jobs.

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) conducts a two-year M.Com. course with specialisation in international business operations. The main objective of the programme is to equip students with conceptual, entrepreneurial and analytical skills required for handling business operations, particularly international business. The curriculum focusses on the applied aspects of business operations.

Graduates in any discipline from a recognised university are eligible for admission. Once admitted, the student registration will be valid for five years. A student can complete the programme within two years or take up to five. The fees, including those for examination and registration, is Rs. 3,700 in the first year and Rs. 3,600 in the second. The admission notification will be published during May or June every year. The last date to submit the applications is normally July 31.

The core course contents include organisation theory and behaviour; research methodology and statistical analysis; business environment; accounting for managerial decisions; marketing management; and financial management. The specialisations include international business environment; international marketing management; India’s foreign trade; export and import procedures and documentation; international marketing logistics; and international business finance.

Completion of six courses qualifies the student for the award of the postgraduate diploma in international operations.

Completion of six core and as many specialisation courses leads to the award of the M.Com. (international business operations) degree.

For more details, visit and click Master’s degree programmes.

The regional centre of IGNOU is at Kaloor, Kochi – 682 017 (ph: 0484 2348189, 2340203).

Other universities

The following university departments offer the course through distance education.

•Institute of Distance Education, University of Kerala, Karyavattom, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 581 (ph: 0471 2417389, 2418019, 2412221); Eligibility: B.Com.

•School of Distance Education, Mahatma Gandhi University, Priyadarshini Hills. P.O, Kottayam – 686 560 (ph: 0481 – 273 1038, 273 0491;

•Directorate of Distance Education, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar, Tamil Nadu; (, ph: 04144 238610, 237160); specialisations: cooperative management; banking and insurance management; education management; accounting and finance; and computer applications.

•Distance Education, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai – 625 021 (ph: 0452 2459185;

•School of Distance Education, University of Calicut, Pin code 673 635;; specialisations: finance and marketing; eligibility: 45 per cent marks in B.Com. Part 3 or 45 per cent in BBA, BBS or BBM.

•Institute of Distance Education, University of Madras, Chepauk, Chennai – 600 005;; eligibility: degree in commerce, management or administration or any degree with any two main papers offered in the B.Com. degree course.

•Centre for Distance Education, Bharathidasan University, Thiruchirappalli – 620 023;; specialisations: financial management, cooperation and computer applications.

•Directorate of Correspondence Courses and Distance Education, Bangalore University, Bangalore – 560 001; eligibility: B.Com. with 50 per cent marks.

•Directorate of Distance Education, Sri Venkiteswara University, Tirupati – 517 502.


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