Seacom Marine College has become the only institute to commence Electro-Technical Officer's (ETO) course out of total four institutes.
The deputy DG shipping S C Mondol said Seacom is the only institute which has been able to get the clearance in the eastern India so far and he was not sure whether India Marine Engineering and Research Institute (IMERI) was planning or able to secure clearance for the said course yet.
IMERI is a unit of Maritime University and the oldest Marine Engineering College in India.
Seacom in a statement said it would offer ETO course to 40 students in a batch for a career in merchant navy.
It is 17 week course followed by an eight month mandatory on board training.
This course can be pursued by a certain branch of graduate engineering students at a cost of Rs 4.5 lakh.
Every ship going to high seas will mandatorily need to have a ETO officer on board from January, 2014 and this will create a huge job opportunity in the maritime sector.