By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
News & Features Services)
The Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping, Senator Kamran Michael, has said that the government fully recognized the important role of our seafarers towards strengthening of economy and the elevation of the
to a degree awarding institution was a testimonial to it. Pakistan Marine Academy
He was speaking as the chief guest at the passing out parade of the PMA in
on January 3. The ceremony was largely attended, among others, by Chairman
PNSC, Siddique Memon, Chairman KPT, Rear Admiral (Rtd) Azhar Hayat, and
Chairman Port Qasim Authority, Agha Jan Akhtar,
On the occasion, the Minister announced a gold medal from his Ministry to be awarded to cadets and evinced his ministry’s interest to transform PMA) into a Marine University, to be the first of its kind in the region and pledged to take up this matter at all related levels.
He said that the
quality education of merchant navy and other specialized courses to the
seafarers of the region. PMA
Senator Kamran Michael stressed the need for strengthening technical institutions adding that greater attention will be paid to marine education and training.
He appreciated the progress made by the PMA in producing quality Merchant Marine Officers to serve the merchant fleet and in providing expertise in other disciplines of maritime sector. He noted that after undergoing two years of academic, professional and physical training the passing out cadets are awarded BSc Degree in Maritime Studies by
enabling the PMA to produce
quality human resource for the maritime industry. Karachi University
The Federal Minister felt proud by the accomplishments of the PMA cadets having participated in the International Maritime Conference for the first time held at the
clinched first and second prizes in poster making and essay writing contests
besides winning laurels, medals and trophies in sports and athletics
competitions. He hoped that the same spirit will be maintained. Bahria
Earlier on, in his welcome address Commandant PMA, Commodore (Rtd) Rana Aslam, informed the Minister about the computerization of exams as well as induction system of cadets.
Later, Senator Kamran Michael awarded Sword of Honour and medals to the top performers of the passing out cadets.