Governor Bharat Vir Wanchoo has stated that there is considerable scope for Goa to promote maritime activities, including tourism-related aspects.
He was addressing about 113 cadets of Institute of Maritime Studies, Headland Sada, Mormugao, who passed out after completing their pre-sea training in Marine Engineering. Ashok Chowgule, chairman of the Society for Industrial and Technical Education Board of Goa, welcomed chief guest, Governor Bharat Vir Wanchoo, and other dignitaries.
Complementing the cadets, Wanchoo said the country has a rich and glorious heritage and tradition of maritime activity.
“Shipping and maritime activities are integral part of trade and commerce which has undergone transformation in the recent past. Scientific and technological advancement has greatly facilitated modernisation of the shipping industry and business, thereby contributing significantly in terms of economic development and employment generation,” stated Wanchoo.
“The need of the hour is to have adequate availability of engineers and technicians capable of manning and operating the affairs of this vital industry. Goa is a maritime state with a notable sea-faring legacy,” he added.
“Goa has an advantageous geographical position with a 105 km, a long coastline, fine natural harbours, ports and an excellent inland waterways network. Goans are sea-faring people who prefer to take up jobs in the maritime sector,” said the Governor.
In his speech, Chowgule said coming together of the shipbuilding industry of Goa was essential to set up high standard institute to provide skilled manpower to the shipbuilding industry of Goa.
“Hundreds of students from economically weaker section of the society from Goa have benefited from this institute and they are drawing high salaries in merchant navy,” he said.
The Institute’s director B S Mathur, thanked the shipping industry and the shipyards for extending all the help to the institute for training and for employing the cadets who passed out from the institute. [H]