Mangalore, September 2: For the examination of Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London (ICS) for the year 2014-15, the training programme has begun at the ICS examination centre in Mangalore at the Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI).
On September 1st, the programme was inaugurated at KCCI by the Deputy Conservator of NMPT, Mr Pradeep Mohanty.
At this ceremony, two candidates of the Mangalore centre who excelled in ICS exam Mr Sanjeeva Poojary of Mangalore and Mr Vysakh of Andhra Pradesh were felicitated. The former president of KCCI Captain J P Menezes, P KS Pillai, Rammohan Pai Maroor delivered their talks.
Lack of students: Mr CG Prashant, in-charge of the Mangalore examination centre at KCCI said that the centre has been lacking students. The centre is the first and only one in Karnataka which enables candidates to write the examination here without going to Chennai or Mumbai.
Mr Prashant said, even though 10 to 15 students are required to keep the centre going, only 13 students attended the test held in this April. Since its initiation four year ago, 15 students have cleared the ICS examination from Mangalore. The ICS qualification has been regarded as a global passport in the maritime sector which fetches worldwide recognition and better career prospects.
Regardless of age, profession and qualification any individual can attend the exam which comprises of seven papers of which four are compulsory and rest optional. Mr Anoop Purushothaman, a student at the centre last year, had bragged the first rank at international level in Shipping Law paper.