October, 2004 – Editor`s Page
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Proffesionals,Intellectual and ethical standards of Shipping
There is growing recognition that independent mass media representing diverse views are vital to the functioning of democracy, to the pursuit of the seafarer`s welfare, and towards the protection of seafarer.s entitlements. In India the tradition of a pluralistic, relatively independent press dates back more than two hundred years. Enriched by its active involvement in the freedom struggle, the press has developed impressively since Independence.
The other mass media, radio, television, and online or, new, media ,have also made significant progress in recent decades. Nevertheless, in India as in other developed/developing countries of the world, there is a vital need to consolidate media strengths, overcome weaknesses, and raise the professional, intellectual, and ethical standards more particularly those covering international shipping, so as to bring the performance of the media up to the most advanced international levels. The media can be no better than their practitioners. It follows that the growing demand of news organizations for trained staff must be met with a crop of educated young people who are equipped not only with the necessary professional? skills but also with the broad knowledge, integrity, and social commitment that will make them outstanding journalists, for which mature experienced shipping professional.s help needs to be sought. It seeks to prepare achieving the highest standards in all branches of the marine profession, keeping in focus the trend and thrust of convergence in the media, and the consequent multi-skilled demands in manpower employed onboard the ships. Indian seafarers have proved to be in high demand and are already at work in all vessels overseas. Their success is a tribute both to their talent and the abundance of manpower that our nation could provide.
Dr. Chandran Peechulli,
Ph.D; MBA; D.Sc; FIE(India), PgDIMS(UK), PgTED; FIIPE; MSEI; MSNAME(USA),
Ex.Chief Engineer(Marine), G.M.(Tech) Crossworld Shipping.
Managing Editor & Publisher-“MARINE WAVES” International Maritime Newsletter.
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