PNSC mulls over recruiting more PMA cadets

Karachi: Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) in collaboration with the Pakistan Marine Academy (PMA) is actively considering providing more employment opportunities to the PMA cadets.

In this connection a high level joint meeting of both organizations was held. Beside other senior officials of both the organizations meeting was attended by Arif Elahi, Chairman PNSC and Commodore Syed Akber Naqi the commandant of PMA. The meeting constituted a three member committee headed by Brig. (r) Rashid Siddiqui and comprising Zaheer Baber and the Commandant Marine Academy as its members.

The committee has been assigned to the task of developing a new Recruitment System for the PMA cadets, with the cooperation of DG Ports and Shipping.

The meeting decided that a conference of Private Marine Training Institutes and the heads of Merchant Navy organizations will soon be convened to the meeting. It was also suggested that the private shipping companies be persuaded to provide employment of PMA cadets, the number of cadets who sign on and sign off on PNSC ships be raised from 18 to 30.

These cadets may also be provided employment at harbour crafts and harbour rovers. It was also decided that during training these cadets will be paid scholarship (stipend) sponsored by PNSC.

The committee is actively considering scholarship of Rs. One lac per head to the five position holder cadets of PMA.PNSC has also offered financial assistance for upgrading physics and chemistry labs of PMA.

It was also decided that only those institutions having ample experience of shipping would be allowed to impart training so that the practice of awarding certificate without any training is to discourage and brought to end. It was also decided that a committee comprising PNSC shipping experts would redesign the syllabus.

Chairman PNSC emphasized that the regulatory authority be reactivate particularly in matters concerning PMA. He has also stated that he will get this matter investigated that why the PMA cadets are not getting employment on foreign vessels.

The participants of the meeting included PNSC’s Director Administration Brig. (r) Rashid Siddiqui, Director ship management Zaheer Baber Qureshi, PNSC’ manager training Commodore (r) Mohammad Aslam Rana and Mr. Hafiz Amin Nizami the President gold medallist of PMA.