“Character commands the sea and assiduity is the fuel of the vessel.”
The Indian Navy is an exceptional assortment of men and women, with their unwavering dedication, dominating the capricious seas. The naval uniform commands respect from young and old alike and to feel the invigorating presence of a naval officer leaves an indelible mark on one’s character. We can proudly avow that B. I. T. is not bereft of opportunities of meeting the real heroes. On the propitious morning of February 25th, 2021, the entire B. I. T. fraternity was graced by the presence of a distinguished guest, Captain S. Ravindra from the Indian Navy, who was the keynote speaker of a webinar organized by the Indian Navy along with the Training and Placement Cell, B. I. T. Sindri. Captain Ravindra was accorded a warm welcome by our Training and Placement Officer, Prof. (Dr.) Ghanshyam who chronicled his eventful career in the Indian Navy.
Captain Ravindra joined the Naval Academy, Goa, at the zestful age of 21 years and was commissioned into the Executive branch of the Indian Navy on 01 July 1990. He served as the commanding officer of a mine sweeper off the coast of Mumbai. He is an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) specialist and has served onboard various frontline ships. Captain Ravindra is presently serving as the Recruitment Officer at the Eastern Naval Command at Vishakhapatnam.
The webinar began with an exquisite video highlighting the inception and functioning of the Indian Navy followed by a detailed insight into its working. The Captain shared his wisdom, with the enthusiastic crowd of students, regarding ‘Careers in Indian Navy’ which was the theme of the webinar. The Indian Navy has, in the past, achieved a formidable victory over all enemies and continues to be an unsurmountable power in the Indian Ocean. Our maritime borders are secure and our countrymen safe because of the brave men that face the highs and lows at the seas, both literally and metaphorically. It is, therefore, a matter of great pride and self-esteem to have a chance to join the fleet.
The Captain was very generous to have spared some time out of his busy schedule to enlighten the young minds about the Indian Navy, its recruitment procedure and life of a naval officer. He elucidated the recruitment procedure at the Indian Navy through different channels for engineering graduates from different streams. More than ten different types of ways to join the navy were briefly discussed with the students and a clear understanding was given about the prerequisites of the same. Entry through UPSC and INET were given much attention. Indian Navy has been a guiding beacon when it comes to women in combat roles. Captain Ravindra talked about the Permanent Commission for Women and Women SSC entry procedure.
He shared a presentation with the participants which was a robust encyclopedia of life as a navy officer. The Captain’s naval uniform and disciplined demeanor gave a foresight of what to expect upon joining the navy. The Captain talked about the timeless bonds of friendship and camaraderie that the naval cadets share with one another. Sports has always been much appealing to the youth and the Navy has much to offer in this regard as was explained by our guest. Right preparation techniques and job prospects as a naval officer were much deliberated. The hierarchy in the navy and other perks of being a naval officer were aptly discussed. The webinar culminated in an illuminating questionnaire in which a plethora of questions were answered regarding work and career opportunities at the prestigious Indian Navy.
The webinar was concluded with an expression of profound gratitude by Prof. (Dr). Ghanshyam towards our esteemed guest for devoting his time to the students. He applauded the entire Indian Navy for their selfless service to the nation. In the end, Captain S. Ravindra was presented with a memento and a certificate honouring his presence as a token of respect and admiration from the institute.