Indian Maritime University (IMU) was inaugurated on December 31, at Chennai. IMU is the first central university to be set up by the Department of Shipping through an Act of Parliament. The Act was notified in the Government of India’s Gazette on November 11, 2008. IMU is bound to improve the quality of marine training further, to help Indian seafarers to compete globally and to increase from about 6% representation in the worldwide seafarers.
Maritime education was so far under the control of the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS), India through the Indian Institute of Maritime Studies (IIMS). The Institutes under IIMS are:
- T.S. Chanakya, Navi Mumbai.
- Lal Bahadur Shastri College of Advanced Maritime Studies and Research, Mumbai.
- Marine Engineering and Research Institute (MERI), Mumbai.
- Marine Engineering and Research Institute (MERI), Kolkata.
- National Maritime Academy (erstwhile National Institute of Port Management) is at Chennai under the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India.
- National Ship Design and Research Center (NSDRC) is at Visakhapatnam under the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India.
- The Indian Institute of Ports Management (IIPM) at Kolkata.
Further there are around 120 private marine training institutes, approved by DGS and spread over India.
All the above institutes are going to be under the control of IMU and some of the interesting features of IMU are:
- To be set up like the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden. WMU was established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 1983.
- Being set up over an area of around 106 acres at Semmancherry (Chemmancherry), East Coast Road, south of Chennai at a cost of Rs 245 crore.
- The university will have regional centres in Mumbai, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam.
- The National Maritime Academy at Chennai; LBS College, Marine Engineering & Research Institute (MERI) and T.S. Chanakya at Mumbai; the MERI and Indian Institute of Ports Management at Kolkata; and the National Ship Design and Research Centre at Visakhapatnam will be merged with IMU.
- IMU has tied up with
- Dalian Maritime University, China for MBA in Port Management.
- Shanghai Maritime University, China and Institute of Transport and Maritime Management Antwerp (ITMMA) of University of Antwerp, Netherlands for MBA in International Transportation and Logistics Management.
- International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) of University of Malta for degree in Maritime Law. IMLI was established by IMO in 1988.
- Delft University of Technology, Netherlands for degree course in Dredging from the Department of Maritime and Transport Technology (M&TT).
- IMU has tied up with IIM, Ahmedabad, for a one-year fast-track executive MBA in Maritime Management and with IIM, Bangalore, for a Certificate Course in Management for senior seafaring officers.
- The courses are expected to commence from June 2009 and the fully set up university will have around 1,000 students in various courses.
- Private maritime training institutes will now be under the control of IMU.
- P. Vijayan, Director, National Maritime Academy in Chennai, has been appointed as the first Vice-Chancellor of the IMU.
- To have initially eight departments, including port management, nautical science, maritime law and inland water transport. Under these departments, degree, postgraduate degrees and research programmes will be offered by the university.
In addition, a National Maritime Complex (NMC) in 194 acres is also being planned near IMU at a an approximate cost of around Rs.800 crores to Rs.1,000 crores. NMC will have a maritime art gallery, maritime museum, marine aquarium and marine food court and other related activities of the maritime industry.
It seems that IMU is yet to come out with its own website. National Maritime Academy website may be converted to IMU website.
Here is the Gazette of India, Extraordinary No 22 of 2008 dated November 11, 2008: The Indian Maritime University Act, 2008.
Posts in MarineBuzz on this day a year before:
Update: January 09
“INDIAN MARITIME UNIVERSITY”
East Cost Road, Uthandi, Chennai 600 119
Phone : 044-24530345, 24530344.
Marine Office: 044-24530341
Fax : 044-24530342 ; Emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details, log on to Indian Maritime University.
Update: February 19
The Indian Maritime University (IMU) will introduce several new courses starting from this session (2009-10).
The Courses are:
- Maritime Law programme in collaboration with the International Marine Law Institute at Malta
- M.B.A. programme in International Transport and Logistics Managements in collaboration with the University of Antwerp, Belgium
- E.M.B.A. programme in Maritime Management for Mariners in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
- B.Tech. in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.
Read more from Press Information Bureau.
Update: April 11
For course details, log on to Indian Maritime University.
Update: June 28
The Union Minister for Shipping, Shri G.K. Vasan released the results of the First All India Entrance Examination of the Indian Maritime University, in Chennai on June 27, 2009. The examination was conducted on June 21. Here is a photograph from Press Information Bureau.
Results and Counseling schedule are available at Indian Maritime University.
Update: July 09
The IMU vice chancellor P Vijayan has declared that institutions that have illegally collaborated with some deemed universities will not be granted affiliation to the IMU on a piecemeal basis. He further said that presently 41 maritime colleges including 15 in Tamil Nadu are affiliated to IMU. There are 125 maritime institutions in the country but some have been allowed to retain their affiliation with the respective state universities for this year alone for operational convenience.
Read more from The Times of India.
Update: July 11
The news report: Univs fight over maritime rights, students at sea from Chennai edition of The Times of India dated July 11 is given below:
The tug of war between Anna University and the Indian Maritime University (IMU) over the affiliation of the BE Marine Engineering course offered by five self-financing engineering colleges could put the future of some students at stake.
On Friday, when the single window counselling for Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions began, state principal secretary for higher education K Ganesan sought to know from admission authorities why the BE Marine Engineering course was not included in the list. When he was informed that the colleges had secured affiliation for the course from the IMU, Ganesan argued that the Central university had no powers or jurisdiction to grant affiliation to engineering colleges in the state. Also, colleges cannot affiliate one course with the IMU and the remaining courses with Anna University.
He immediately asked Anna University (Chennai) registrar S Shanmugavel to inform the colleges concerned that they would lose their affiliation with the university if they did not sever their academic relationship with the IMU. This stand is bound to affect students who have already been admitted into BE Marine Engineering courses in five colleges through the counselling conducted by the IMU over the past three days.
IMU vice-chancellor P Vijayan told TOI, “As per the Central Universities Act, we are fully empowered to affiliate colleges offering maritime education.” He said in April, when the engineering colleges approached him for affiliation, he wrote to vicechancellors of all the four Anna Universities seeking their views. “I did not receive any reply after which I wrote to the commissioner for technical education. He responded saying that the registrars of the respective Anna Universities will take a decision on this,” Vijayan said.
Update: July 14
As Indian Maritime University is operational, it is logical that all marine related courses so far offered by different universities should come under the purview of IMU. In Tamil Nadu, Anna University is not understanding this. The students are unnecessarily facing hardship.
Read more from The Times of India.
- dated July 13: Universities settle row over Marine Engineering course
- dated July 14: IMU suspends counselling as colleges play truant
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