For B-Tech engineers (EE/ECE/EEE/EIE) seeking a global career in Merchant Navy and as seafarers, Seacom Marine College, Kolkata, has introduced the Electro-Technical Officer’s (ETO) course for the first time in Eastern India.
This residential course is of 17 weeks followed by an 8 month mandatory on board training. The sprawling Seacom college campus is located in Dhulagarh, Howrah, West Bengal (30 mins from Rabindra Sadan and 20 mins from State Head Quarter “NABANNA”) with state of art hostel facility, class rooms, laboratories & workshops, medical facility, library etc.
Seacom Marine College release says that it is the only college which has been granted approval to conduct this course in Eastern India. This ETO programme has been officially adopted by IMO (International Maritime Organization) recently(STCW Convention A – III/6) and approved by Directorate General Shipping (Govt. of India) as an entry point post in shipping industry and will become mandatory from 1st January 2014 onwards. The importance and demand of the particular course could be noted from the fact that the announcement of the course was attended and supported by fleet owners and eminent personalities of shipping industry like Captain S.C. Mondal, Jt. Director General of Shipping (T) Ministry of Shipping (Kolkata); Mr. Malay Kr Dalui, GM (Fleet), The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd.; Mr. Parvez Alam, Director, ITT Shipping Pvt. Ltd. etc., Mr. Kirti Mukherjee, Sr. Surveyor, Mercantile Marine Deptt., Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India and Mr. Suparno Moitra, DG, Indian Foundry Association.
Anish Chakraborty, Chairman of Seacom Group said, Today there is a huge demand for Electro-Technical Officers (ETO) and there are no adequate professional to fill the gap. Students earlier had to shell out huge tuition fees for this course as they were solely depended on foreign Colleges, Universities. But now the same course can be completed here in Kolkata in just 17 weeks. Total course fee including the 8 month on board training is only about 4,50,000/-(includes fees, accommodation, Study Materials, Uniforms and onboard Training) . On successful completion of this course the student will be immediately absorbed in the industry with a starting scale of Rs 60,000/- to 1 Lakh for Indian ships and 1500 – 2000 USD/ month in foreign flag vessels “(approximately), as indicator only but for experience ETO the salary structures are much higher.
Seacom Marine College is an establishment of well-known Trust “Seacom Marine College” of Kolkata which is actively involved in multifarious activities of Marine Management and maritime education with high reputation for over two decades. The Institution is affiliated to West Bengal University of Technology and approved by AICTE and The Directorate General of Shipping, Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India.