Sunday, August 1, 2010

Academic programmes of Kochi campus of IMU inaugurated

KOCHI: The quick pace of the work done in setting up the Kochi campus of Indian Maritime University (IMU) is an example of how things can be done in India despite the real and perceived constraints, said the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister T. K. A. Nair.

Mr. Nair, inaugurating the academic programme of the Campus here on Sunday, praised the IMU team, led by Vice-Chancellor P. Vijayan, for being able to launch the programmes this year itself.

The Kochi campus has launched Diploma in Nautical Sciences, leading to a B.Sc. in Nautical Sciences; B.Sc. in Ship Building and Ship Repair; PG Diploma in Marine Engineering and MBA in Shipping and Port Management.

Union Shipping Secretary K. Mohandas said that India had a great potential in using the opportunities available in the shipping sector.

He said that Indian ranked 17 {+t} {+h} among world nations in terms of shipping tonnage with one per cent global share. However, this did not deter the countrys young people from using the vast opportunities available in the sector.

He said that India should use its strengths in English, which is the language of global shipping. He also pointed out that there was a doubling in the number of Indian seafarers over the last couple of years, which was a positive factor.

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