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Lonavala, Maharashtra, February 13, 2020
President Ram Nath Kovind today said INS Shivaji, a premier technical training institute of the Indian Navy, has a proud record of professional excellence, discharging its responsibilities with distinction.
Presenting the President’s Colours to INS Shivaji, Kovind said. “This establishment was commissioned in 1945 as HMIS Shivaji. Since then, it has dynamically evolved into a premier technical training institution of the Indian Navy with state-of-the-art training facilities. The institution has kept pace with the rapidly changing technologies in all aspects of marine engineering.
More than two lakh officers and sailors of the marine engineering branch of the Navy, Coast Guard and friendly foreign countries have been trained in this fine institution till date, he said.
“As INS Shivaji completes 75 years of excellence, let us introspect and reflect on the journey so far and also glance at the future. Technology is leapfrogging to produce autonomous vessels. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are being deployed for decision-making and fighting during the war.
“The training of marine engineers will also need to be tailored to train them to work with evolving technologies, while maintaining competence in the core engineering profession. I am confident that INS Shivaji would impart the skill set required in the future to all trainees passing out through its portals.
“A nation’s maritime interests are usually also linked to its economy and the well-being of its people. I am told about 90% of our trade, by volume, is handled by sea routes. This enhances the role of the Indian Navy not just in national security but also in economic security, and thus in the wider process of nation-building,” he added.
“The Navy is India’s chief instrument of its sea power. It is also the guardian of the nation’s maritime interests, both military and civilian. The nation is proud of the Navy’s commitment in protecting our maritime frontiers, securing our trade routes and also extending a helping hand in times of civil emergencies.
“Considering the entire world as one family and moving forward with the spirit of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam’ (the world is one family), India is constantly meeting its global responsibilities. I am glad to know that recently, the Indian Navy launched ‘Operation Vanilla’ to provide Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief to the affected population of Madagascar post devastation caused by Cyclone Diane.
“India and Madagascar are connected through the Indian Ocean Region. I had the honour of visiting the island nation in 2018. I am particularly happy that India was one of the first respondents to come to the rescue of our Malagasy brothers and sisters,” he added.
As a leading power, India plays a crucial role in shaping the global paradigm with respect to international security, trade and commerce. India’s rise in the international order has been fuelled by many factors including the capabilities and valour of its armed forces.
“Today, the geopolitical situation in the world and in the Indo-Pacific in particular demands greater vigilance. I am aware that the Navy has adopted mission-based deployments in the Indian Ocean region. High-quality training of marine engineers is crucial for sustained deployments and presence in our areas of interest.
“The future will also see great diversity in the propulsion systems ranging from conventional to nuclear and electric and hybrid propulsion. Concepts of maintenance will also undergo a paradigm shift with increased requirements on operational availability of platforms. INS Shivaji will need to impart the requisite skills to all trainees to prepare them to meet future challenges,” he said.