The first round of campus placement at K.M. School of Marine Engineering of the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) has begun on a positive note.
Of the 34 final semester students of B.Tech Marine Engineering, as many as eight have received offers from leading companies in the country and abroad. Seven of the selected candidates will join Japanese Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), one of the largest shipping and multimodal transport companies in the world, while the other candidate will take up the offer from L&T Shipping.
“Seventy to 80 per cent is the normal pass percentage for the programme, and all of them are expected to be placed soon after passing out in August,” Prof. N.G. Nair, course in-charge, K.M. School of Marine Engineering, said. “Some recruiters absorbing our students include Synergy Ship Management Company, MSC Shipping Company of Italy, Shipping Corporation of India, and American Presidents Line,” he added.
Interestingly, the pay packages are attractive for beginners who are initially posted as junior engineer or fifth engineer officer. The selected candidates said they had been offered an average of Rs.50,000 as monthly salary.
“We can reach the level of chief engineer after passing three competency examinations conducted by the Directorate General of Shipping. The present salary of a chief engineer is around Rs.8 lakh a month, which is mostly non-taxable as long as we remain Non-Resident Indians,” they said.
Faculty members said companies often set a cut-off mark of 70 per cent for students attending interviews, besides the condition that there should be no back-papers.
Source : TheHindu