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India inaugurates first national maritime institute

India inaugurates first national maritime institute

Chennai: The chief minister of the state of Tamil Nadu, M Karunanidhi, inaugurated the Indian Maritime University at Uthandi in Southern India on Wednesday. The institute, which is India's first national maritime academy and was set up by the Department of Shipping through an Act of Parliament, will kick start its academic year in June with a plethora of courses up to international standards ranging from MBAs in port management and logistics to degrees in maritime law and dredging.

In fact, the university is associated with a number of other international academic institutions including the Dalian Maritime University, Shanghai Maritime University and Antwerp University for its courses.

Although the lion's share of its courses will be held at its headquarters near Chennai, the university is expected to have a regional presence in the other important maritime centres of Mumbai, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam.  [02/01/09]