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AMET becomes India's first recognised maritime university

AMET becomes India's first recognised maritime university

Mumbai: India's AMET University, formerly known as the Academy of Maritime Education and Training, has become the country's first and only recognised University for Maritime Education, having had "Deemed University" status recently conferred upon it by the University Grants Commission of India.

The university (pictured), which is located on the outskirts of the city of Chennai in South India, opened its doors in 1993 with only 14 students. The past 14 years have seen its student population grow to its current strength of 1500 students undergoing various maritime Diploma, Degree and Post Graduate courses. It also has a agreement with AP Moller Singapore to train 300 cadets per year in dual competency.

University chancellor J Ramachandran and vice chancellor Captain S Bhardwaj celebrated AMET's new status at a function in Mumbai on Saturday, December 1.

AMET University is one in a number of new institutions springing up over the country in response to the shortage of qualified marine manpower. Another training centre recently inaugurated is Executive Ship Management's Samundra Training centre in Lonavala, close to Mumbai.  [04/12/07]