I am an aspiring engineer and will be giving all the standard engineering entrance exams this year. I want to know about marine engineering and the merchant navy, the best colleges in India (including IITs) offering courses for this and the scope for girls in this field.
T. S. Chanakya, Navi Mumbai (indiaport.com/tschanakya) offers B.Sc. in Nautical Science while Marine Engineering and Research Institute, Kolkata (merical.ac.in) offers a marine engineering course. Admission is open to unmarried Indian citizens (both male and female), who have completed 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
Selection is through a Joint Entrance Examination conducted by IITs, i.e. IITJEE. After qualifying in the written examination, candidates are called for an interview and medical test.
To join T.S. Chanakya, normal vision of 6/6 in each eye, separately, is essential and glasses are not allowed. For MERI, glasses may be worn but eyesight in each eye beyond 2.5 is not allowed.
Marine Engineering courses are offered by many other institutes all over India. These include Tolani Maritime Institute, Pune (tolani.edu); Maharashtra Academy of Naval Education & Training, Pune (mitpune.com); Academy of Maritime Education & Training, Chennai (ametindia.com); International Maritime Institute, Greater Noida (imiindia.com); R. L. Institute of Nautical Science, Madurai (rlinstitutes.com) and Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur for Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture (iitkgp.ernet.in).
Engineers find employment with the Merchant Navy, the Indian Navy, dockyards as well as companies engaged in shipbuilding. They can also take up employment with firms offering design and research activities, Indian and foreign shipping companies, and also with the harbour and port departments.
Dr Vibha Gupta, a feature writer, is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. Her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications are an attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.