“Institutions are shadows of their leaders.”
An idea conceived by the then Chief Minister of Gujarat and now India’s Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, the development of Gujarat Maritime University was fervently pursued and brought to reality by Shri Vijay Rupani, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat. Gujarat Maritime University has been established under the Gujarat Private Universities Act 2009 and is strongly promoted by the Government of Gujarat through Gujarat Maritime Board, the state regulatory authority for the port sector in Gujarat.
The rationale behind setting up of the Gujarat Maritime University even when there are more than 140 maritime training institutes in the country was very simple. A study conducted revealed that, only 8% of the maritime training institutes in India focused on providing commercial education in the maritime sector, while the rest focused on providing technical education in the sector – a sharp contrast to the demand, globally as well as nationally. With Gujarat being a frontrunner maritime state having a lion’s share in the total seaborne trade of the country, we therefore felt, it was our responsibility to build the human capital in the sector.
The focus of Gujarat Maritime University, in the ﬁrst phase, shall be to train students in the commercial aspects of shipping. Currently, the University is offering Master of Laws and Post Graduate Diploma programmes with specializations in Maritime Law and International Trade Law, subjects, which are in great demand not just nationally, but globally as well. The programmes offered are with global externships, for which, we have collaborated with global maritime institutes of repute. Not many Universities in India boasts of such collaborations in the very ﬁrst year of its academic journey.
I urge the youngsters to take advantage of these courses and explore the unlimited opportunities the maritime sector has to offer.