Good response to Kochi Campus of IMU

The Kochi campus of the Indian Maritime University (IMU) has received great response from students indicated by the nearly five – fold increase over a year in student strength as the new academic programs are set to be launched here on Monday.

Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister T. K. M. Nair inaugurated the new academic programs of the IMU, Kochi Campus, on Sunday.

The Vice – Chancellor of IMU P. Vijayan, who came in for special praise from Mr. Nair for the speed with which the Kochi programs were launched, told that he was happy with the great response to the programs here.

He said that the student strength had jumped from a mere 40 to 190 for the new courses. If the trend continued, the student strength could go up to nearly a 1,000 next year, said Dr. Vijayan.

He also said that from the next academic year IMU Kochi campus would be offering ML is Maritime Law. The law studies centre will be helped by the International Maritime Law Institute, Malta, which is a United Nations body.

The IMU, based in Chennai, had campuses in Mumbai, Kolkatta and Vishakapatanam. The total student strength in all these campuses, including in Chennai stood at 6,000. All the courses being offered by IMU are residential courses, Dr. Vijayan said.

A diploma course in Nautical Sciences was the first course launched at the Kochi campus. The new academic year sees the introduction of B.Sc. Degree in Ship Building and Ship Repair; Post – Graduate Diploma in Marine Engineering and MBA in Shipping and Port Management.

Work on the building for the Kochi campus had already begun. The Central Public Works Department is carrying out the work on a deposit basis. The campus complex, estimated to cost around Rs. 15 crore, is likely to be fully ready for the next academic year. The total allocation for the IMU Kochi campus is Rs. 26 crore.

There will be two centres in Kochi – one on Willingdon Island and the other near the Kundannoor bridge. The Willingdon Island complex will house the business studies centre and the law school. The complex near Kundannoor bridge will house the schools for nautical sciences and marine engineering.

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