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MoU Signed between Ministry of Shipping and MSDE for Skill Development in Port and Maritime Sector

MoU-for-skill-development-in-Port-and-Maritime-sector-signed-between-the-Ministry-of-Shipping-and-the-Ministry-of-Skill-Development-and-EntrepreneurshipOn 20th August, 2020, A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministry of Shipping (MoS) and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship(MSDE) for skilling, re-skilling and upskilling of manpower in Port, Maritime sectors.

Key People:

The MoU was signed digitally in the presence of Union Minister for MSDE, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Shipping, Mansukh Lakshmanbhai Mandaviya and Minister of State  (Independent Charge) for MSDE, Raj Kumar Singh.  


The aim of the MoU is to help individuals to build and certify their skills sets, to reap the benefits of vast employment opportunities in the Maritime Sector with focus on youth of coastal areas. 

Key Points of MoU:

i.In Accordance with the MoU, MSDE will cooperate in development of Course Curriculum, National Occupational Standards and Content for Cruise Tourism, Logistics, Fisheries, Ship building, Ship repair and Ship breaking, Dredging and Offshore supply chain.

ii.MSDE will use its existing infrastructure such as Industrial Training Institute (ITI), National Skill  Training Institute (NSTI) and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) centers to train manpower as per the skill gaps of the Coastal districts.

iii.MSDE will help in arranging the private sector/Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund needed for funding the skill development.

iv.MSDE will also help the Port and Maritime sector in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) agreements signed for Skill Development with International partners. 

Ministry of Shipping (MoS):

i.The Shipping Ministry will support the funding and implementation of skilling initiatives under the Sagarmala Mission, wherever it is  feasible. 

ii.The shipping ministry will help in  implementation of activities related to skill development and upgradation  through the involvement of institutions under MoS, autonomous bodies & private sectors.

iii.It will develop 5-10 shipping cabins for remote training and customize those ships as mobile classrooms to deploy them for training in remote areas.

Sagarmala Programme:

i.Skill Development of coastal communities is an important objective of Sagarmala Programme and a budget of Rs. 100 Crore has been allocated for development activities in the coastal communities.       

Recent Related News:

i.On April 30, 2020 Ministry of Shipping launched its reconstructed website (, based on open source technology deployed on the National Informatics Centre(NIC) cloud Meghraj.

ii.On 15th July 2020, M L Mandaviya, MoS (I/C) Ministry of Shipping reviewed the development activities of the Vallarpadam Terminal (Kochi International Container Trans-shipment Terminal (ICTT)) of Cochin Port which will be developed as India’s first and Asia’s leading trans-shipment port.