Gujarat Govt. approves Gujarat Maritime University under the Private University Act

Posted by Daily Shipping Times on 03-04-2017        Tweet

Key Highlights of the University

•             State Private University

•             To be established in Ahmedabad/Gandhinagar

•             Key Focus Areas – Maritime Business, Shipping, Ports and Logistics, Shipping trade and finance, chartering etc.

•             Programs for working professionals

•             High focus on research

State Assembly clears the deck for establishment of a world class maritime university in Gujarat

State Port sectors biggest project in the area of skill development


"We are envisioning development of a world class maritime university to cater to growing needs for providing skilled manpower as well as to promote research and innovation in ports and maritime sector."

Vijay Rupani


Chief Minister, Gujarat


AHMEDABAD: The State assembly of Gujarat on its last day of functioning on 31/3/2017 approved the proposal of Gujarat Maritime Board to set up the Gujarat Maritime University under Gujarat Private Universities Act, 2009. This has paved the way for the establishment of the University focused on catering to the education, training and research needs of the maritime sector in the State and the Country.

Importance of maritime sector to general public

Little known is the fact that approximately, 90% of India’s trade by volume and 70% by value moves by sea. Dr. J. N. Singh, IAS, Chief Secretary, Gujarat, who is also the Chairman of GMB said “The maritime sector, through logistics has been bridging the gaps of the demand and supply chain of our Country. It has been the driving force that has been working towards serving other sectors as well.

For instance, bringing fertilizers to farmers, gas to households, fuel to vehicles, oil to industries.

The maritime sector also plays a vital role in making sure that fishes reach the market, machines reach the industries, coal to the power plants. These are just a few glaring examples of how the maritime sector has its roots in almost everything a common man uses”.

Dr. Singh further added that “The Government of India has undertaken several key initiatives to drive the growth of maritime sector in the Country. Sagar Mala is one such strategic initiative of the Government of India. It envisages transforming the existing ports into modern world class ports and developing new world class ports. Skill development is one of the important components of Sagar Mala”.

Conceptualization of the University

The idea of setting up a Maritime University in Gujarat was conceptualized in 2014 by the then Chief Minister of Gujarat and current Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. He had envisioned setting up of a knowledge bank and development of a Maritime University in Gujarat to meet the demand for skilled manpower in the maritime industry. This vision was given shape by the currentChief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vijay Rupani.

The Government of Gujarat had accorded in principle approval to the project in July 2014, following which consultants were hired on board to study the demand supply mismatch in the maritime sector. Based on the recommendations of GMB, after detailed scrutiny, the final approval to kickstart the project was given on 1st March, 2017. On submission of the application to the Government, the LOI was issued to 20th March, 2017.

On fulfillment of conditions like depositing Rs. 5 crores as Endowment Funds with the Government etc, the Cabinet had accorded approval for getting the Act enacted in the ongoing assembly sessions.

The findings of the detailed study conducted inspired Gujarat Maritime Board to actively undertake this skill development initiative. The Government of India’s Indian Maritime University (IMU) at Chennai has not able to capture the huge demand for training in the shipping and maritime sector.

Mr. Ajay Bhadoo, IAS, VC & CEO, GMB said “A secondary research done by us shows that the focus of IMU has been predominantly on technical courses. Our focus during the initial years would be on the commercial aspects. For e.g. the Total Annual Intake Capacity of all programs offered by IMU across its campuses is approximately 1300. 88% of the intake (1150 seats) is for programs focused on technical areas. Only 12% of the intake (150 seats) is for programs focused on commercial areas. The Maritime University which the Hon’ble Prime Minister envisaged is a world class maritime university which would encourage and enable research and development, maritime education and skill development for the entire value chain of the maritime sector”.

Some of the programs that the University would offer, which are not offered by  a majority of the other institutes in the Country are MBA in Maritime Management – with specializations in Ports & Shipping, Transportation & Logistics, Shipping Trade & Finance, Maritime Human Resource Management, LLM in Maritime Law, International Trade Law, M.A. in Maritime Policy, Marine Insurance, Management Development Programmes (MDP) and Executive Development Programmes (EDP) for working professionals in areas such as Maritime Law, Logistics Management, Marine Insurance, Chartering, Ship-broking, Port Operations, Shipping Management etc. PG Diploma in Logistics, Maritime Law, Marine Insurance, Chartering & Ship-broking. Gujarat Maritime University, in the initial years, would offer programs on commercial areas such maritime management, maritime law, maritime policy etc. Technical education would be taken up in the second phase.

Overview of maritime education in the Country

Mr. Bhadoo added that “Analysis of job opportunities in the global maritime sector shows that the contribution of jobs catering to technical and commercial areas is almost equal (51:49 – technical : commercial). The split in India is currently 60:40 (technical : commercial). However, this is expected to reach global levels by 2025 on account of higher projected growth rate for manpower employed in the commercial sectors. On the supply side, there are more than 140 maritime training institutes in the Country which largely offer pre-sea and post-sea training in various courses and streams. Apart from these DG Shipping approved institutes there are some other institutes that offer some programs focussed on maritime sector”. However, commercial sector has been ignored by the prevailing institutes in the Country largely.

A majority of the intake capacity caters to the technical job roles in the industry (majority – deck officers and marine engineers through programs in ‘Marine engineering’, ‘Nautical science’ and training/certification programs for merchant navy). It is estimated that approx. 92% of all the programs offered by the maritime education institutes in India are focused on these technical job roles. However, only 8% of the intake capacity is from programs focused on commercial areas such shipping and logistics, maritime business, maritime law, chartering and other commercial areas within the maritime sector.