At a time when the demand for trained persons in logistics is rising, the Falcon Institute of Logistics, a member institution of Vidyabharathi Group, has tied up with Dubai Port World, Cochin and Falcon Infrastructures Ltd. to offer diploma course in logistics and supply management. Mr N.A.Mohammed Kutty, MD of Falcon Group, said the diploma and PG diploma courses will be of 12 to 15 month duration with three months internship in India Gateway Terminal Ltd., a subsidiary of Dubai Port World, which will run the ICTT at Vallarpadaom that is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Cochin Port Trust chairman N Ramachandran said the course will help meet the shortage of qualified employees in the maritime sector. Kochi is fast becoming one of the major logistic hubs of South India with good job potential for trained personnel in the upcoming projects like ICTT, Vallarpadam, Petronet LNG terminal, Vizhinjam Port, container freight stations by Concor and Central Warehousing Corporation.
Initially, two batches of 30 students will be introduced and the classes will begin by July. The syllabi have been so designed with focus on imparting industry specific work skills and Falcon Group may absorb some of the candidates after the course. The group is also hoping to get certification from Higher Education body in Kerala for its courses.