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CLOCK­WORK The av­er­age day of a naval ar­chi­tect in a draw­ing of­fice, ship­build­ing yard or ship re­pair yard: 8.30am: Check re­ports from sites, iden­tify bot­tle­necks, pre­pare the in­for­ma­tion ma­trix for the day and com­pare with the Naval ar­chi­tects are a few among the count­less who de­sign, de­velop and re­pair wa­ter­craft, and other struc­tures such as hy­dro­foils and oil drilling plat­forms. They de­sign ba­sic struc­ture (hull ge­om­e­try), make the fi­nal de­sign and do sta­bil­ity cal­cu­la­tions, su­per­vise and sur­vey con­struc­tion, main­te­nance and re­pair of th­ese ves­sels and struc­tures, among other ac­tiv­i­ties. While build­ing a ship, ar­chi­tects have to en­sure the ves­sels are safe even in se­vere weather con­di­tions, can carry max­i­mum load and have a long life. They can be em­ployed by four Min­istry of De­fence ship­yards, i.e. Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL), Goa Ship­yard Lim­ited (GSL), Garden Reach Ship­builders & Engi­neers Lim­ited (GRSE) and Hin­dus­tan Ship­yard Lim­ited (HSL). Oth­ers in­clude Cochin Ship­yard Lim­ited (Min­istry of Sur­face Trans­port), pri­vate ship­yards, ship­ping com­pa­nies, boat builders, clas­si­fi­ca­tion so­ci­eties and government bod­ies. “There is a re­quire­ment for naval ar­chi­tects but the government is sit­ting idle on pro­cure­ment,” says Har­ish C Narula, chair­man, Fi­bro­plast Marine, Noida big­ger pic­ture of the job 9.30am: Meet peo­ple in var­i­ous de­part­ments to deal with dif­fi­cul­ties re­lated to man­power, ma­te­rial, ma­chin­ery or any other as­pect of the work­ing space 11.30am: In the draw­ing of­fice or at pro­duc­tion floor, check draw­ings, cal­cu­la­tions car­ried out by sub­or­di­nates. Check progress of the work and give ideas 1pm: Lunch 2pm: Do a fol­low-up 3pm: Re­view the progress cov­er­ing daily, weekly and monthly sta­tus. Hold group dis­cus­sions 4pm: As­sess achieve­ments of the day, resched­ule the pri­or­i­ties based on the planned mile­stones 5.30pm: Re­ports, briefs and plans for the next day. At ship­build­ing or ship re­pair yards, check sta­tus of work, de­pute work­ers on next shift as re­quired, as­sess safety and health is­sues 6.30pm: Back home Dur­ing sea tri­als or har­bour tri­als of

GET­TING THERE The Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion (UGC) con­ducts the na­tional el­i­gi­bil­ity test (NET) to de­ter­mine el­i­gi­bil­ity for lec­ture­ship and for award of ju­nior re­search fel­low­ship in 77 sub­jects. The Coun­cil of Sci­en­tific and In­dus­trial Re­search holds the NET for life, phys­i­cal, chem­i­cal, math­e­mat­i­cal and earth at­mo­spheric ocean & plan­e­tary sciences, jointly with the UGC. In­for­ma­tion on ex­emp­tion, sub­ject list and other de­tails are on www.ugc­ne­ton­ IN­STI­TUTES AND URLS Univer­sity of Pune­ Univer­sity of Cal­cutta www.calu­ Univer­sity of Delhi Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity, New Delhi PROS AND CONS Plenty of leave and va­ca­tions; Caveat: Some pro­fes­sors work on hol­i­days too No ten­sion of meet­ing tar­gets ves­sels, round-the-clock work is re­quired, for which de­ploy­ment sched­ules are made on the ba­sis of type of tri­als

THE PAY­OFF A di­ploma holder can earn R15,000


Abil­ity test: A good teacher is the one who comes down to the level of the weak­est stu­dents and make learn­ing fun for them. Here’s Chitrangada Singh play­ing the ‘fun’ teacher in Desi Boyz

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