New Delhi, Feb.18 (ANI): The newly established Indian Maritime University (IMU) will introduce several new courses in the 2009-10 session.
Disclosing this to members of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to his Ministry, Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways T.R. Baalu said on Wednesday the new courses would include a program on maritime law in collaboration with the International Marine Law Institute at Malta, an M.B.A. in international transport and logistics managements in collaboration with the University of Antwerp, Belgium, an E.M.B.A. program in maritime management for mariners in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a B.Tech degree in naval architecture and shipbuilding in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.
Baalu said that with the inauguration of the Indian Maritime University (IMU) at Chennai on December 31, 2008, the existing seven Government and Government-aided maritime training and research institutes, viz., 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, Navi Mumbai, the National Maritime Academy, Chennai, the Indian Institute of Port Management, Kolkata, and the National Ship Design and Research Centre, Visakhapatnam, have been merged with the IMU.
The Minister said that with the emergence of the IMU, offering of long-term career to our seafarers will be possible by consolidating the present excellence in the maritime field, providing standardized education and training; creating platform for long term career opportunities and revamping course curriculum as per the need of the various stakeholders such as shipping companies, ports, ship building, dredging and offshore, etc.
Baalu said the university will also provide platform for integrated training, give credit to ship board training, make possible to learn and earn and get diplomas or degrees while working onboard ships, allow midstream joining for higher education and finally provide platform for research and innovation for full shipping industry for the benefit of all the stakeholders.
He said the university has to promote higher learning in maritime studies and the frontier areas of maritime science and technology so that India can remain in the forefront among the maritime nations.
He also informed the members about the progress being made in the surface transport sector.
“Today, if we were to compute the progress in road sector in 1,685 days, i.e., from 1st June 2004 to 31st December 2008, we would find that under NHDP, we have completed a whopping 6,792 kms of National Highways at a rate of 4.03 kms per day. 194 contracts for construction of 9,013 kms of National Highways at an estimated cost of Rs.58, 915 crore have been awarded during this period” Baalu said, adding that the Government has decided to enhance the scope of the original National Highways Development Project (NHDP) from two phases to seven phases which now entails massive unprecedented investments of Rs.2,35,690 crore.
The members congratulated Baalu and his ministry for setting up the IMU and gave various suggestions to improve the functioning of the university.
M. Rajamohan Reddy, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Harischandra D. Chavan, Subhash Maharia, Laxman Rao Patil, Hari Kewal Prasad, Lakshman Chandra Seth, Santosh Gangwar, Mabel Rebello and Sushila Tiriya attended the meeting. (ANI)