The Cochin Chamber of Commerce & Industry jointly with the Open University, Malaysia and Straits Academy had entered into a MoU to offer a Professional Diploma in Freight Logistics (PDFL) for students in the state of Kerala. This initiative is intended to help young graduates to be trained for jobs in the fast growing Shipping and Logistics sector. The MoU was signed on the 20th December 2011 by Dr Anuwar Ali, Vice Chancellor of the Open University of Malaysia, Mr. P Narayan, President of the Cochin Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Mr. Vikaraman Pillai, CEO of Straits Academy at the Chamber’s office.
The Professional Diploma in Freight Logistics (PDFL) was officially launched at 9.30 am on Saturday, 3rd March 2011 at the Abad Plaza Hotel by Mr Paul Anthony, IAS, Chairman of Cochin Port Trust and Mr KK Krishnadas, CEO DP World, Cochin lighted the lamp along with Mr P Narayan, President Cochin Chamber of Commerce, Prof Selvaraj Oyyan Pillay, Director of Institute of Professional Development, Open University Malaysia and Mr Vikaraman Pillai, CEO of Straits Academy Malaysia. Other dignitaries attended the program are : Mr. Shaji Varghese, Exec Committee Member Cochin Camber, Mr. Ravindran Raghavan, Director Straits Academy Malaysia, Mr. Eapen Kalappurackal, Secretary, Cochin Chamber of Commerce, Mr. K.B. Kannampilly, CEO of Secure Financial Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Kochi and
A seminar on ‘Freight Logistics- Career Opportunities Ahead” shall be conducted after the launch of the PDFL program. The seminar was attended by students and professionals looking for a career in the logistics industry. The seminar has given an eagle’s eye view on the range of service providers in the industry and the possibilities that it holds for job seekers. The seminar was led by Mr Muhamad Zani, Open University trainer from Malaysia , Sri. K.B. Kannampilly, CEO of Secure Financial Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Kochi and Mr Joseph Thomas, General Manager (India)Straits Academy Malaysia
The classes for the Diploma program are scheduled to be conducted by subject and industry experts from Indian and Malaysian Shipping and Freight Logistics industries at senior levels. The PDFL programme is open to graduates in any discipline. The programme is aimed at training youngsters interested in pursuing a career in the field of the Shipping and Freight Logistics industry.