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 imparting education in the maritime field. It has an All-India jurisdiction and the headquarters is at Chennai. It has campuses at Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, Cochin and Kandla.
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.
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. 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’s 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.
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.
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)