Patna: A marine training institution has sought 15 acres land from the state government to open a centre in Patna.

"We have sought 15 acres from Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority for opening a centre here in a bid to make Bihar a supplier of seafarers in the country as well as abroad," founder director of Pentagon Maritime Training and Research Institute Nalin B Pandey told reporters.

The group owns two marine companies – Pentagon Shipping and Logistics in Singapore and Pentagon Marine Service in Mumbai. Pandey said the company would invest Rs 10 crore for starting the institute, which would begin functioning within an year of getting the land from the state government.

The aim, he said, was to open employment opportunity for youths of the state in the field of marine. There were roughly 30,000 people in the country joining the marine sector at present out of which about 7,000 are from Bihar.

By opening the training centre here, the institute would cater to the students of neighbouring  Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand and Odisha, besides Bihar itself, he said. Pandey said the institute would offer three courses - Marine Engineering, Nautical Science and general purpose rating at low cost. While the first course would be of four years, the second of 3 years and the last for a year.

The courses would cost between Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh. Experts in marine engineering from Italy, Canada and Singapore in addition to those from within the country would be invited to conduct classes for the students. Campus recruitment would also be organised by inviting leading marine companies of the country, he added.

(Agencies)

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