Union Minister of State for Shipping and Road Transport and Highways, Chemical and Fertilizers, Mansukh Lal Mandaviya visited the Indian Maritime University (IMU) in Chennai today and interacted with the faculty and students.
Addressing the gathering, Mandavia said that his government was committed to provide quality education in all areas including maritime sector. He said that he saw a lot of potential in the university and urged the management to provide for more international exposure and interaction so that the quality of its output could be at par with the best in the world.
The minister called for on board training for the students to provide them with the best practical knowledge about the industry. He also called upon private players to participate in the training as this would help bridge the demand-supply gap of marine experts.
Mandaviya also urged the varsity to start a new course in ship breaking and hazardous waste management. Environment-friendly ship breaking is in high demand in the current scenario and IMU should cater to this, he said.
In order to boost maritime education the present government has increased the budget for IMU to Rs 40 crore per year from the earlier allocation of Rs six crore for five years under the last government. The minister assured students that many opportunities awaited them as the union government is taking many initiatives to push growth of the maritime sector.
IMU Vice Chancellor Ashok Vardhan Shetty, registrar S.V. Durga Prasad, finance officer G. Venkatesh and deputy registrar Sini Manchala were also present on the occasion.
The university was established through an Act of Parliament (Act 22) in November 2008 as a Central University, and is poised to play a key role in the development of trained human resource for the maritime sector. IMU is in the category of a professional university intended for fulfilling the requirements of the maritime sector.
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