Capt Kamada Vivekanand from India receives the Honorary Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Science) by AMET University, at their sixth Convocation Ceremony at Chennai.
On August 3rd, 2016, Dr (Capt) Kamada Vivekanand from India was conferred a Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Science) by AMET University,at their sixth Convocation Ceremony at Chennai. The Academy of Maritime Education and Training (AMET) is known as the India’s first Marine University for maritime-related education, training and research.
Capt Vivekanand launched AMET 24 years ago, in 1992, and worked there 12 years, and this year he went back to receive this honour, in recognition of his service, as seen from the excerpt from his citation which reads –
“For being actively involved in the propagation of the importance of the Shipping Industry, and motivating thousands of Indian youngsters to choose their careers as Mariners; For being a pioneer in Maritime Training in South India and making it a force to reckon with, because of his dedicated association with Institutions of Higher Learning in the field;For his profound vision and his deep commitment to the interests of all stakeholders involved in Maritime Education and Training for many years”.
Capt K Vivekanand made his pre-sea training on the Training Ship Dufferin 1962 – 1964. His total career at sea was between 1964 to 1990, serving 16 years to The Shipping Corporation of India and 10 years with Neptune Orient Lines, Singapore (now APL). He has being on board most type of ships from General Cargo to VLCC.
When he went ashore at Chennai in 1990, after having served 26 years at sea. At that time, there was no Maritime Training at all in South India. Capt Vivekanand started Maritime Training, for the very first time in South India, at National Institute of Port Management (later known as “National Maritime Academy” and now “Indian Maritime University”), as a Training Coordinator. He started with pre-sea training for Deck Cadets and moved on to start STCW modular courses in rapid succession, all in a period of two years. He managed to break the monopoly of having in Mumbai all Maritime Education and Training in India.
In 1992, he launched the Academy of Maritime Education and Training (now “Amet University”) for the first time in the Private Sector in South India. In a period of twelve years, from 1992 to 2004, he managed to build it up from ground zero, to make it the largest maritime Institute in India – starting with a strength of 14 cadets and increasing it to 700 cadets, and instrumental in the training of 32117 personnel in various courses.
His career in maritime training moved him to the Creation of a Maritime Education and Training Institutes Association, a collective body of Maritime Institutes in India under the banner of METIA – “Maritime Education and Training Institutes Association”, to represent the interests of all the stakeholders in the Private Sector, in dealing with the Directorate General of Shipping. As METIA’s President, since inception, Capt Vivekanand have been solving the Training Industry’s problems with regard to Maritime Education and Training. In 2001, as a founder member of the Chennai Branch of The Nautical Institute, London, he brought in the expertise of the renowned global organization to South India. The presence of the Nautical Institute in Chennai has been a tremendous boost to the Mariners based in Chennai, in developing their knowledge.
Between July 1992 to October 2004 he was Director of Academy of Maritime Education and Training, Chennai, now AMET University. Capt Vivekanand Initiated the very first fully sponsored pre-sea training programme in India, for deck and engine cadets, by A.P.Moller, Denmark and conducted the programme over a period of five years. His life has been at sea and also devote to training and lecturing in India.
Capt Vivekanand personally assisted the Director General of Shipping in formulating regulations, revising maritime course syllabi, extensively updating STCW regulations to meet the requirements of 2010 Manila Amendments, which came into force on 1st January 2012. He also lent his expertise in carrying out an Audit of the Directorate General of Shipping, and the Mercantile Marine Departments at Mumbai and Chennai, to prepare them for an audit by EMSA –“European Maritime Safety Agency”, done by them on behalf of the European Union.
Capt Vivekanand has received numerous award, the recent one in 2004 received the Annual Seafarer Award, by Sailor Today, for Breakthrough in Maritime Training.In 2008 he was given in recognition of exceptional contribution to the Shipping Industry.In 2009 he was presented with the lifetime achievement award by Global Maritime Education and Training Association, in recognition of outstanding contribution towards maritime education and training in India, v while heading the Vels University (School of Maritime Studies), the University received the “Samudra Manthan Award” for Best Maritime Training Institute of the Year in India, by Bhandarkar Shipping Events, Mumbai, in December 2011.
Capt Vivekanand has also been actively involved in the welfare of Seafarers for over twenty years. I was directly instrumental in the bringing home of two officers, A Master and a Chief Officer, who were wrongly detained in South Korea as victims of criminalization. Again he helped in bringing home another Master from Taiwan detained under similar circumstances.
Capt Vivekanand is now 72 years old, he is a living role model for seafarers and everyone in the industry, and the Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Science) by AMET University, at their sixth Convocation Ceremony at Chennai is an honour well deserved.
About the AMET University
The Amet University is based on the shore of Bay of Bengal at Kanathur, an hour from Chennai city. AMET was established as a private maritime institute through Smt.Pattammal Educational and Charitable Trust with just 14 cadets in 1993. AMET transformed into the first university for maritime education in India under AMET Trust. (AMET) ans was granted the deemed to be University status by the UGC on 21st August 2007 under the “de-novo” category with maritime education as emerging field with great potential. .Nowadays there are some 3529 students enrolled in different intensively maritime and marine related UG and PG programmes.
AMET offers a wide range of courses approved by Directorate General of Shipping and University Grants Commision. Now, AMET-trained Seamen navigate proudly all over the world through the following academic and professional strengths: Graduates from School of Marine Engineering, School of Nautical Science, School of Electrical Engineering, School of Offshore Engineering, School of Naval Architecture and AMET Business School that occupy important positions in industry houses throughout the world. In providing Quality Assurance, AMET has obtained Certification to ISO 9001: 2000 Standards from Det Norske Veritas, Norway.
Since its inception AMET has catered to the training and development of numerous international students from Angola, Nigeria, Yemen, Syria, Dubai, Iran, and Djibouti, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Kenya. The students are sponsored by companies like NIMASA (Nigeria), Riverstate (Nigeria), Sonangol Shipping Ltd. (Angola), NYK Ship Management Pte.Ltd (Angola), TEEKAY Shipping Pvt.Ltd (Angola), SONATIDE Marine Ltd. Port of Djibouti (Djibouti) and UASC (Dubai). The current international students’ strength is over 400.
With a high employment rate, their highly skilled graduates are in demand world-wide, with their alumni spreaded across several countries around the world. The collaborations between Academy of Maritime Education and Training (AMET) and the various world leaders in the Shipping Industry has proven to be very successful & definitely benefit the students to look forward for a career in various activities in Shipping Industry globally.