We are Here to solve Industry’s skills dilemma


Aditya Sabharwal

Targeting the industry-skill dilemma that exists in the country, the center of excellence in maritime and shipbuilding (CEMS) is gearing up to address this mammoth problem faced by industry.

Promoted by Indian register of shipping and Siemens industry software, CEMS is a government initiative for skill development.

Announced in June last year by the central government to set up 24 labs, CEMS aims to facilitate professional skill development and enhancement in Maritime, Manufacturing automobile aerospace and heavy engineering sectors.

With 6 labs in Mumbai and 18 in Vizag, CEMS boasts of having cutting edge technology backed by Siemens.

‘We have got a state of the art facility here in Vizag and we want industry to come and engage with us’ said it’s CEO, Rear Admiral ShekharMital (Retd).

With over 38 years of experience in the Engineering field Rear Admiral Mital has been chosen to lead this initiative.

He informs that the Maritime and Shipbuilding CoE focuses extensively on the end – to – end activities involved in Ship Design, Manufacturing, Operations, MRO, Port Logistics, Dry Dock Lay outing, Port Automation, Piping, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Electrical, Pumps and Motors related to Ports. Apart from the above, these technologies can also be used by other industries such as Heavy Engineering, Oil & Gas, and Steel & Mining, etc. Some of the courses being offered include CAD, CAM, CAE and other heavy engineering courses.

Once trained from CEMS students can be placed anywhere in the manufacturing sector.

‘These courses are certified by Siemens and are being offered at heavily subsidized rates’ said Mr Mital.

He thus underlines the need for industry to step forward and take cognizance of their efforts and also give them feedback.

Academic institutions he said cannot keep pace with the changing trends in Industry hence it is up to institutions like CEMS to impart the much needed practical training.

We are here to meet the actual requirements of industry reiterated rear Admiral Mital (Retd).

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