Features of Training :
CHANAKYA is one of the training institutes of the Govt. of India.
Here the officer cadets are prepared for the navigation discipline
i.e. Master, Chief Officer, Second Officer etc. Training at CHANAKYA
is provided in two streams :-
(a) A three year
degree course leading to a B. Sc. degree in Nautical Sciences
under the aegis of the University of Mumbai. Candidates for this
stream are selected through an all India competitive examination
(b) It also holds
three Pre-sea courses annually, each of three months duration,
for cadets who are sponsored directly by the shipping companies,
before they join their ships for their initial sea training.
the University of Mumbai & Main Thrust of Training : CHANAKYA
is affiliated to the University of Mumbai as a degree college
for conducting a three year degree course in B. Sc. (Nautical
Sciences). It imparts maritime education and training to the prospective
navigating officers of the country. The syllabus of the training
is drawn with a view to give a broad based marine education with
special emphasis on fundamentals of basic marine professional
subjects and their application. The educational and training programme
here is designed to inculcate officer like qualities and a high
sense of discipline in the cadets. Physical training is an essential
part of the curriculum to keep the young persons fit for the tough
and adventurous career at sea. It is compulsory for all cadets
to pass the swimming test before passing out from this institution.
of the Educational and Training Programme For Degree Course :
It includes :-
- subjects like English and Communication Skills, Applied Mathematics,
Physics and Electronics, Computer Science and Marine Management.
Practicals in these subjects are held as per University's requirements.
- Navigation, Astronomy, Practical Navigation, Voyage Planning
including Chart Work, Magnetic and Gyro Compasses, Electronic
Navigational Aids viz. Radar, Decca, Loran, Satellite Navigation,
GPS, GMDSS & Ship Operation Technology, Naval Architecture,
Cargo Work, Ship Maintenance, Collision Prevention and Marine
c) Applied Subjects
:- Maritime Law, Marine Engineering and Control Systems and Environmental
Sciences (Meteorology, Geology, Oceanography, Marine Pollution,
Hydrographic Survey etc.).
Training of Pre-sea Course : For the three months Pre-sea course,
while the subjects taught are similar to those of the B. Sc. (Nautical
Sciences) stream, obviously the course content is brief and is
meant only to familarise the cadets with the ship's equipment
and basics of Marine Science so that on completion of this course,
they can join their ships and further consolidate their knowledge.
Extra Curricular Facilities Available : In order to give the cadets
a realistic training, CHANAKYA is equipped with the most up-to-date
equipment and gadgetry that is normally found in the latest ships
of the world. The stress in CHANAKAYA training is on all round
development of the cadet's personality and not just on academic
or professional subjects. With that aim, they are also taught
Boat Work, Karate, Physical Training etc. In addition, CHANAKYA
also boasts of providing many facilities for outdoor/indoor games
and sports, hobbies, cultural activities, learning band music,
debates, quiz competitions, ship visits, picnics and excursions
etc. We also hold annual athletic and aquatic meets. It also has
a very well equipped library for the benefit of cadets. Adequate
use of Audio visual aids is also made for the cadets' training.
Training is imparted by a very proficient faculty which includes
some very experienced mariners, academicians, as well as the visiting
Shore Leave :
Cadets are permitted to go out of the campus on Sundays and Central
Govt. holidays between 9.00 A.M. and 8.00 p.m., dressed in CHANAKYA
uniforms. No overnight shore leave is permitted.
: Both courses are fully residential. Good hostel facilities with
all necessary services are made available. Hostel facilities for
females are also provided.
Training of Foreign
Personnel : Subject to prior approval being obtained from the
Ministry of Surface Transport, Govt. of India, foreign cadets
are also trained at CHANAKYA in the degree course only.
Duties of Navigating
Officers : The navigating officers who qualify from CHANAKYA are
responsible for the navigation of a ship, loading and discharging
of cargo, maintenance of ships, safety of passengers and crew
and observance of various national and international codes of
conducts, in so far as they relate to sea transportation. Starting
with the rank of Second Officer, thence the Chief Officer, the
highest post that a navigating officer can expect to attain on
board merchant ships is that of the Master.
Competency : To be employed as a navigating officer on a merchant
ship, it is necessary to obtain a certificate of competency. The
examinations for these certificates are conducted in India by
the Ministry of Surface Transport through the Directorate General
of Shipping. The first Certificate of Competency in the navigation
department is that of a Second Mate (F.G). After successful completion
of a three year degree course in Nautical Sciences in CHANAKYA,
the officer cadets are required to complete one year sea service
on board a merchant ship before becoming eligible for grant of
Second Mate (F.G.) Certificate of Competency for which he has
to appear only in an oral examination and certain other mandatory
courses. During this period, he is given a nominal stipend.
: After acquiring a Certificate of Competency as Second Mate (F.G.),
an officer is eligible to be appointed as a Third or a Second
Officer on board a merchant ship and would draw a handsome salary.
For subsequent promotions, he has to render further sea service
and progressively pass the higher examinations appropriate for
that rank viz. First Mate (F.G.) and Master (F.G.). The Certificate
of Competency as Master (F.G.) entitles the officers to become
the Captain of Merchant Navy ships. Details relating to these
examinations are contained in the Merchant Shipping (Examinations
of Masters and Mates) Rules 1989 which is a priced publication.
Training : The Govt. is under no obligation to find employment
for the trainees of CHANAKYA. However the institute will assist
them in getting suitable employment with shipping companies. For
this purpose, various shipping companies hold campus interviews
of cadets for jobs, in the last semester. Similarly, CHANAKYA
also provides facilities to arrange the mandatory modular courses
that are now essentially required before any one can serve on
a ship, as per the latest international regulations.
After Leaving Sea as Master or Chief Officer :
a) Get jobs in
public sectors or private shipping companies as Shipping Managers
or Marine Superintendents or
b) Join the Mercantile
Marine Dept. or Directorate General of Shipping as Nautical Surveyors
c) Join the teaching
faculty at any Maritime Training Institute or
d) Join various
Port Trusts as pilots or
e) Join various
private training institutions in managerial jobs.
MONTHS PRE-SEA TRAINING AT CHANAKYA :-
a) They get three
months remission of sea service for successfully completing CHANAKYA
training. They also get six months remission of sea time for record
book, if complete, and further three months remission for successfully
attending Lal Bahadur Shastri College of Advanced Maritime Studies
and Research at Mumbai for six months. Hence, a cadet does only
two years sea time after completing CHANAKYA training when he
becomes eligible for promotion to Second Mates rank after passing
Second Mate's examination.
his promotion prospects are the same as for the other stream (See
Capt. K.R. Sundaram, Capt Superintendent
Karave, New Mumbai-400 706
Address : T. S. Chanakya, Karave, Nerul, Navi Mumbai 400
b) Telegraphic Address : CHANAKYA Konkanbhavan,
Navi Mumbai 400 614.
c) Telephone :
91-22-770 3876 / 1880 / 1935 / 1936.
d) Fax. : 91-22-770
e) E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
f) Nearest International
Airport : Mumbai (about 45 kms.)
g) Nearest Railhead : Nerul (about 3 kms.)
Transport to and from Nerul Rly. Stn. to CHANAKYA is available
at regular intervals during day time.
h) Nearest Major
Railway Stations : Chattrapatti Shivaji Terminus (C. Rly.) (abt.
50 kms.) and Mumbai Central (W. Rly.) (about 45 kms.)
i) Road Network
: Very well connected to Mumbai and all other towns.
j) Nearest Sea
Port : Jawaharlal Nehru Port (about 20 kms.) and Mumbai Port (about
Summary Thus, it
is evident that courses done in T. S. CHANAKYA give considerable
advantage to cadets in terms of cost of training, getting internationally
approved training, which is very much in demand the world over
and which prepares the cadets as better citizens who volunteer
for the noble and adventurous career at sea which also involves
service to the nation. The additional advantage of doing the degree
course is that with a degree in hand, one can branch out into
any other profession which needs higher studies. The training
here paints a very wide canvas and encourages the cadets to develop
all facets of their personality. Hence, for the young, this is
a great opportunity.