INDUSTRY OPINION

Virtual classes for maritime courses, positive alternative during lockdown: Capt. C. L. Dubey, Principal MMTI

The circular of D G Shipping, dated 18th May, to ‘Conduct Maritime Courses using Virtual Classses/Live Video Sessions’ due to Covid-19 pandemic is an extremely good idea.
Due to the corona virus pandemic, which has spread over the country – and also over the globe

I believe that this is a good alternative. All the Maritime classes like schools/colleges were suspended wef. 17 th of March 2020.This was very much required to avoid the spread of the Covid -19. It was very nice of D G Shipping to realise the hardships faced by Maritime candidates as they were losing precious time.

I may mention that E-learning has been accepted by STCW .2010, as an alternate means of imparting Maritime Education. DG Shipping has now allowed the existing D G S approved Maritime Training Insitutes to conduct long term pre-sea and post-sea Maritime courses of Nautical & Engineering discipline through Virtual classes/ Live video sessions.

The circular, states that only theory / lecture part of the courses could be imparted by Virtual classes where Faculty, sitting at their houses, have to impart lectures to candidates sitting at their houses. The circular makes it clear that while conducting these classes the MTI’s are not to exceed their approved capacity & frequency.

The training institutes have first to complete disrupted classes(due to Covid-19) before taking up the new batches.It may be mentioned that this is an interim arrangement during lockdown period & classes will come to normal class room teaching once the lockdown is lifted & institutes open. Proper records of lectures imparted, Feedback’s, Assessments etc are to be maintained for a period of at least 5 years.

Virtual classes, as per the circular, are to be conducted between 8 AM to 8 PM only, and the link to these virtual classes is to be given to Maritime Administration so that an authorised person can join up the classes to monitor it.

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