Indian Maritime University
|Indian Maritime University|
|Motto||Samudra Gyanam, Gyan Samudram (Ocean Of Knowledge)|
|Undergraduates||Bachelors program in Marine Engineering, Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering|
|Postgraduates||Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering, Marine Law, Port and Shipping Management, International Transportation and logistics Dredging & Harbour Engineering|
|Location||Chennai, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, Cochin, Kandla Port, India|
|Campus||Mumbai, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, Cochin, Kandla Port|
The Indian Maritime University (IMU) is a Central University, that was established by an Act of the Indian Parliament namely the Indian Maritime University Act 2008, on 14 November 2008. It is the only university in the country, dedicated to imparting quality education in the maritime field. It has an All- India jurisdiction and the head quarters is located at Chennai. It has campuses at Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, Cochin and Kandla Port.  
The birth of IMU is a long cherished dream of the maritime community of India. It plays a large and key role in the development of trained human resource for the entire maritime sector. IMU endeavors to achieve this and beyond. IMU aims to achieve a high degree of excellence and to become renowned as a University of global standing. The University has plans to introduce an assortment of new courses based on the versatile needs of the maritime sector. Within a year of its inception, the University has already set high standards in the field of maritime education and training. With its dedicated team of faculty members, experts from the industry as visiting faculty and enthusiastic student community, the University will continue to strive for excellence in the field of maritime education, training, and research. The Vision of University is to create an intensive learning maritime community, strongly networked with and contributing to the domestic and global maritime knowledge pool besides being committed to modifying domestic and global maritime organisation and policy concerns and issues through debate and research in which students, faculty, society and the government along with industry will participate. The University is poised to subscribe the following objectives: a) Function as a world class center of excellence for maritime studies. b) Act as the apex body for high level maritime education and research nationally. c) Ensure conduct of quality post and pre sea courses in affiliated maritime institutions. d) Conduct professional development courses for maritime personnel. e) Train a strong maritime community which can design and build quality ships competing with traditional shipbuilding of other countries. f) Network with other world class maritime institutions and contribute to the development of national shipping industry. g) Undertake consultancy projects interacting with shipping industry.
The following existing seven government maritime Training and Research Institutes were merged with IMU:
- Marine Engineering and Research Institute, Kolkata
- Marine Engineering and Research Institute, Mumbai
- Lal Bahadur Shastri College of Advanced Maritime Studies and Research, Mumbai
- T.S. Chanakya, Mumbai
- National Maritime Academy, Chennai
- Indian Institute of Port Management, Kolkata
- Indian Maritime University - Visakhapatnam Campus, (National Ship Design and Research Center)
The Marine Engineering and Research Institute (MERI), formerly known as the Directorate of Marine Engineering Training (DMET), is India's national institute for the training of marine engineers. It is India's oldest and best known marine engineering college. It has been subsumed into the Indian Maritime University & is today, referred to as Indian Maritime University Kolkata Campus.
While ushering the young independent India into Self-reliance in the various fields, the self-reliance in the maritime education and training took the priority in the planning of the Government of India and the Nation saw birth of the first maritime training institutions in the country. Inaugurated in year 1948-49, the Training Ship Chanakya (successor of T.S.Dufferin & T.S.Rajendra), the Marine Engineering & Research Institute and LBS College of Advanced Maritime Studies & Research were established. These premier maritime training institutes has brought glory to the Nation by providing best of the seafaring professionals to the shipping industry, nationally and internationally, raising the standards of seafaring professionalism to ever higher levels, year after year.
Three legacy institutes T.S.Chanakya, Marine Engineering and Research Institute & LBS College of Advanced Maritime Studies & Research constitute the Indian Maritime University-Mumbai Campus. 
The IMU - Visakhapatnam Campus emerges from the confluence of the centrally established Indian Maritime University at Chennai and India’s premier ship design and maritime research institution ― The National Ship Design and Research Centre. Pioneered in the early 90’s by the Government of India to pilot and consolidate national domain knowledge with global vision, NSDRC has undertaken several milestone projects in the areas of Ship Design, Construction and Applied Research.
Therefore, IMU Visakhapatnam Campus heralds the integration of visionary academic insight with the amalgamated professional expertise and knowledge base on Ship Design and Maritime Technology.
The Director of IMU Visakhapatnam Campus is Prof. S C Misra. The faculty includes senior professors of Naval Architecture such as Prof. R P Gokarn, Prof. Mazumdar, Mr. R C Thamba (Indian Register of Shipping and Bharati Shipyard).
The Visakhapatnam Campus consists of two schools, namely the School of Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering (SNAOE) and the School of Maritime Design & Research (SMDR).
The School of Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering handles the academic Graduate & Post Graduate Programs of the University in Naval Architecture, Ocean Engineering, Dredging & Harbor Engineering. They are also involved in organizing short term courses & programs. The School has 140 students enrolled in the Undergraduate Program, 35 students in the Post Graduate Program & 5 students in the Post Doctoral Program.
The School of Maritime Design & Research, is a Research & Development Center of the university. This School handles several projects for the Ministry of Shipping, Andaman & Nicobar Administration, Department of Science & Technology - Govt. of India. All the existing projects of National Ship Design & Research Center was transferred to SMDR after the confluence. The Submarine Museum located in Visakhapatnam, is a standing testimony to the talent and skills of the scientists at the school. The most recent activities of the School is the organising of an International Conference called Tech Samudra 2012, during 6th 7 & 8 December 2012.
Student Life at Visakhapatnam Campus:
Student Life at the Visakhapatnam campus is abuzz with activities. The students have formed a students society - Naval Architecture Students Society (NASS), which organizes a wide spectrum of activities including Technical, Cultural & Sports Competitions. A major event organised by the students of the university is the GOS Safety Program to spread awareness on Beach Safety on 5 & 8 April 2012. 
The students are very enterprising & have formed several games leagues among themselves like the Institute Football League (IFL), Institute Cricket League & Institute Basketball League.
The University offers various courses under following Schools of Studies:
School of Maritime Management The School of Maritime Management offers a two-year full-time unique MBA Programme in Port & Shipping Management and International Transportation & Logistics Management. The general objective of MBA in Port and Shipping Management is to ensure that after successfully completing this programme, the young students can obtain managerial positions in the shipping and port industry. Further, the students are equipped to solve complicated management problems, having gained required knowledge and competency such as integrated multi disciplinary professional knowledge on shipping and transport at the highest academic level and skills to apply this knowledge on tactical and strategic level in the port and shipping industry. And the general objectives of MBA in International Transportation and Logistics Management are to enable the students to have a detailed knowledge and understanding of both the operations and strategies of shipping as a single transport mode within the context of international multimodal logistics. The course provides the students not only with a solid basis in managerial subjects but also with in-depth knowledge of the supply chain and logistics sector and the latest developments in transport management. Awareness of social responsibilities in shipping and transport, related to labour conditions, safety, security and protection of the environment, etc. are some of the added advantages the students will be endowed with. Leadership qualities, analytical and social skills, besides a strong research oriented mind are also encouraged as essential components of the learning process.
School of Nautical Studies This School conducts three programmes as per the following details: a) Diploma in Nautical Science leading to B.Sc. (Nautical Science), and b) 3 Year B.Sc. Degree Course in Nautical Science. c) 3 Year Polyvalent (Dual Certification) course leading to B.Sc. (Maritime Science) The syllabus to first two courses are drawn up with a view to give broad based marine education, with special emphasis on fundamentals of marine subjects and practical aspects of profession. The training programme is so designed, to inculcate officer like qualities and high sense of discipline amongst the cadets. Physical training is essential part of the curriculum to keep them fit to undertake the tough and adventurous career at sea. 3 Year Polyvalent (Dual Certification) course leading to B.Sc. (Maritime Science) is a new concept of training with a view to produce a maritime officer having combined knowledge of both the branches of Nautical and Marine Engineering. The syllabus and the curriculum is drawn up with the right mix of Nautical and Engineering subjects.
School of Marine Engineering and Technology School of Marine Engineering and Technology trains for Bachelor Degree in Engineering (B.E.) in Marine Engineering. The duration of course is four years. During this time, in addition to theoretical studies, and practical training, students are required to participate in the co-curricular and extracurricular activities. The syllabus and curriculum has been drawn up in such a way that on completion of training, the cadets attain a fairly high standard in fundamental engineering sciences, specialized knowledge of theoretical and practical marine engineering and basic knowledge in humanities and social sciences and also meets the statutory requirements of Marine Engineers as laid down in the relevant rules under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958.
School of Naval Architecture
This School runs B.Tech. Degree programme orienting the students for design and construction of marine crafts and structures. The graduates will find employment in shipping, shipbuilding, ocean engineering industries, Indian Navy, DRDO and Classification Societies etc. and also will be able to go for higher academic achievements in institutions of higher learning.
Main People of the University
Visitor: The President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee
Chancellor: Dr. V. Krishnamurthy
Vice Chancellor: Captain Mukesh Baveja, Extra Master
Controller of Examinations: Dr. B Chitra
Finance Officer: Shri S Vasudev
Directors: IMU Chennai Campus - Dr. P Vijayan
IMU Mumbai Campus: JK Dhar
IMU Visakhapatnam Campus - Prof. SC Mis
IMU Kolkata Campus - Prof. MK Ghosh
IMU Kandla Campus - Capt. M Baveja
IMU Cochin Campus - Prof. Sudheer