The Ports Terminals & Logistics have not been very common subjects among the students. But now the situation is changing. Ports Terminals and Logistics Management is very niche area where employment opportunity is Increasing.
The employment opportunities are increasing because Government has taken strong initiatives on Infrastructure and Logistics facilities development. Special Investment schemes on the Coast within India (Sagarmala Scheme for Port Led Coastal Economic Zone Developments and Bharatmala Scheme for Road Project ) creates employment opportunities with the Ports and Terminals on the coast and at Terminals at Inland Industrial Centres.
A lot of Private Companies have invested funds into Projects for Infrastructure development. The Government and Private initiatives will create the need for Existing workforce to be skilled and Additional Skilled Workforce in Government sectors and Private Sectors with Shipping Companies and with Ports and Terminals Organisation.
The terminals at inland Industrial centres will comprise of New Multimodal Logistics parks, Multi modal transport functionality with transport mode Interchange hubs which will have cargo handling equipment and Warehousing facilities, Warehousing Free Trade Zones and Special Economic Zones.
Any Employer will want to employ a prospective employee who is a
- Contributor/ complementary to the Employers’ operational initiatives from the start of his employment
- Process Required – Is the employee able to carry out a job which may require limited range of activities, routine and predictable.
- Professional knowledge — on Basic facts, processes and principles applied in trade of employment.
- Recall and demonstrate — practical skill, routine and repetitive in narrow range of application.
- Generic Skills — Communication with minimum required clarity, skill of basic arithmetic and algebraic principles, personal banking, basic understanding of social and natural environment
OUR PROGRAMME GOAL
Our endeavour is to build the knowledge and skill base of these students to be able to satisfy these expectations in terms of Knowledge and Skills. We are trying students to be able to be “hands on” for the employer from first day of employment.
The selected subjects are closely related to Port and Terminals Operations to enhance employability of our students.
OUR EFFORTS TO MAKE THESE STUDENTS MULTI FUNCTIONAL
The Port & Terminal Management curriculum enlarges the scope of jobs at the first entry level. The design of curriculum enables skill development as follows
Semester 1 and 2 – Introduction to Economics, Basic of Shipping, Basic of Logistics Management, Computing, Introduction to Ports, Multi Modal Transport and Inland waterways
Semester 3 and 4 – Business Organisations in maritime sector, Latest development in Minor Ports, Import Export Management, Operations of CFS and ICD, Customs Clearance, Operation of Container terminal and Shipping Agency , Marketing, Container Terminal Container Inventory Management, Key Performance Indicators
Semester 5 and 6 — Operations of Terminals (other than Container terminals), Advanced Port and Shipping Management, International Logistics, Warehouse Management followed by 6 month internship
USEFULNESS OF SYLLABUS
- Ports with Containers and/or General Cargo/Bulk/Liquids/Gas Terminals, multifunctional or independent commodity specific terminals as part of any Industrial project
- Operations of Multi Modal Logistics Parks which will have similar working like Inland Container Depots/ Container Freight Stations/Intermodal Terminals but with a broader scope of activities enveloping Import Export activity with Customs clearance, Free trade Zone Operation and value added activities
- Warehousing as a part of Industry/manufacturing activities or within the Free Trade Warehousing Zones
- Multimodal Logistics, Local and International Freight Management, Intermodal Terminals , Inland Water Transportation and Road Transport
- Maritime Law , Marine and Cargo Insurance as important subjects for knowledge application in the Business trade of Ports and Terminals,
The above are the sought after subjects to the students to easily enter in to job market for port-shipping and allied industry
Example of practical oriented teaching
- We have given additional weightage to these aspects of Container terminal, hence increased number of lecture hours in teaching plan followed by Practical exercises on
- What is the product (our container terminal capacity, Container handling equipment’s and Container yard services) we are offering to
- What are our Key Performance indicators (responsiveness against competition).
Once the students have achieved these understandings by engaging in tasks themselves, we believe we can depend upon them to be skilled enough to engage in
- Understand levels of service offered by competitor container terminals
- Marketing to bring additional customers for the Container terminal,
- Be able to make commercial offers to prospective ship-owners (new customers)
Multi-skilling is the need of the hour. Professional Skill will be required in the Ports, Terminals, Transportation, Logistics, Warehousing and Packaging Sector. In case of Service providers dealing with multiple Logistics services of freight forwarding, warehousing, road transport etc, trained manpower with transferable skills will be required.
SSOU is very well placed in terms of its SUPPLY SIDE INITIATIVES, gradually moving down the experience curve and will be able to place skilled and trained manpower with transferable capabilities to cater to the new initiatives in the sector.