Training Ship Chanakya
|Established||1927, as IMMTS Dufferin. Now referred as Indian Maritime University, Mumbai Campus|
|Address||Indian Maritime University, T.S. Chanakya, Navi Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, India|
Training Ship "Chanakya" popularly known as T.S. Chanakya (Recently known as Indian Maritime University, Mumbai Campus) is located near Mumbai. Training Ship "Chanakya", the shore based successor to the Training Ship Rajendra (1972–1993) & Training Ship Dufferin (1927–1972), is situated off Palm beach road in an area of about 40 acres (160,000 m2). In spite of recent mushrooming of several private maritime training colleges across India, T.S. Chanakya is the oldest and most renowned maritime academy.
It is operated by the Indian Maritime University and Directorate General of Shipping of the Government of India's Ministry of Surface Transport. It offers various training programs but the most respected is its flagship degree course i.e. the three-year degree program. The intake is through merit list of Joint Entrance Exams conducted by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT JEE) conducted every year across India and widely considered as one of the toughest competitive exams to clear in world. Graduates from T.S. Chanakya receive a B.Sc. (Nautical Sciences) degree from the Indian Maritime University, and are eligible to seek employment on Indian or Foreign going ships. Currently it is also called as Mumbai campus of Indian Maritime University, Chennai. T.S. Chanakya (1993 - till Date) is a progeny of T.S. Rajendra (1972–1993) and T.S. Dufferin (1927–1972). The earlier two were actual ships floating at Ferry Wharf, Mumbai while T.S. Chanakya is a shore based academy in Navi Mumbai. The entire Indian Shipping and Logistics Fraternity and Indo-origin seafaring community across world is majorly thronged by ex-cadets of this community also called as DRACEA (Dufferin Rajendra And Chanakya Ex-Cadets Association).The members of DRACEA are at very high posts in maritime sector. Recently, T.S. Chanakya is also hitting limelight in non-shipping industries because of the ex-cadets who leave merchant navy career after significant experience at sea and go on to clear next level of competitive exams like CAT, GMAT, IAS and go for further studies or change in their job profile. Institutions like Harvard, Emory, CASS, LBS, Lancaster, Yale, Texas A&M, IIM's, ISB, XLRI, IIFT, FMS, Great Lakes, S.P.Jain, MDI etc. welcome these ex-naval officers in their admits willingly since they bring along a wide and diverse experience and add stupendous value to their future occupations and even entrepreneurship by their fresh and mature perspectives.
1927 was a remarkable and epoch making year in the history of modern Indian shipping. History tells us that India was a vast sea power in olden days. But in India there were no facilities to impart training to Indians to become merchant navy officers till 1927. The Great visionary Sir P. S. sivaswamy Iyer’s strong advocacy for the cause resulted in acceptance of a resolution on 19 March 1926 by the Central Government to commence the Indian Mercantile Marine, the Ministry of Commerce, accordingly acquired troopship Dufferin and the three-year course for the first batch commenced on Dufferin on 5 December 1927 with 26 cadets. The first cadet Ramdas Katari who was later to become the first Indian commander-in-chief of the Indian Navy belonged to this very batch. T. S. Dufferin was afloat for a period of 67 years of which 45 years were off Mazgaon pier having trained 2656 cadets. It is a matter of great pride that four Chiefs of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy, many admirals, four Nautical advisors and two chief surveyors with the Government of India had their training at ‘ Dufferin’ besides many senior executives and masters in various shipping companies. T. S. Rajendra was named after King Rajendra Chola. T. S. Rajendra had been specifically designed and built as a modern training ship by Hindustan Shipyard to train 250 cadets at a time as against 160 earlier. T. S. Rajendra served illustriously for 21 years by not only training a large number of cadets but also the saloon crew. The Government of India decided with great foresight to set up a shore based academy for training of nautical cadets so that output could be substantially increased. The shore based academy christened T. S. Chanakya was inaugurated on 5 April 1993, National Maritime Day. T. S. Chanakya became operational on 1 August 1993 and teaches the cadets the new order but also makes them upholders of the old ones.
The campus spreads across North-South, parallel to Palm Beach high way at Navi Mumbai in about an area of 40 acres (160,000 m2). The campus comprises Administrative block, Scholastic block with class rooms, faculty/staff rooms, library, laboratories and common rooms, Fire fighting complex, Power station and pump house, Marine engineering workshop, two hostel blocks, Catering block, Sports ground, Olympic size swimming pool, Laboratories such as: Physics/ Electronics, Computer, Seamanship, Navigation, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), Environmental Sciences, Marine Engineering Control Station & Chart room, Gymnasium(Under Construction), own jetty having two FRP rowing boats etc.
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The institute conducts 2 streams of fully residential courses & other modular courses
Ø 1 year Diploma Course in Nautical Science, leading to B.Sc. (Nautical Science)
Ø 1 week duration of Advanced Fire Fighting Course
Ø 2 weeks duration of GMDSS Course
Ø Basic modular courses for in house cadets : a) Fire Prevention Fire Fighting b)Personal Safety & Social Reasonability c) Personal Survival Technique d) Elementary First Aid.
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