With a view to
bolstering higher education and research, the Centre of Excellence in Maritime
Studies (CEMAS), University of Mumbai, recently invited applications to
interdisciplinary programmes in MA (Maritime Studies), MCom (Maritime Studies)
and MSc (Maritime Studies) for 2021-22 admissions.
The Centre to attract both Indian and foreign students
The Centre, set up in 2021, is expected to
cover the entire gamut of Maritime Laws, Trade, Commerce, Logistics, Science
and Technology, and attract both Indian and foreign students, as it takes
cognisance of the borderless realms of marine and Maritime Studies.
dean, Faculty of Science and Technology I/C director, Centre of Excellence in
Maritime Studies (CEMAS), University of Mumbai says
strategically located across the world’s shipping routes, with maritime trade
comprising about 95% of India’s trade by volume and over 70% by value. “The
Government launched the ambitious Sagarmala Programme in March 2015 that
envisions port-led development and growth of logistics-intensive industries.
Dearth of Maritime
There are very few
universities in India that are offering programmes and research opportunities
in Maritime Studies, which covers a wide span of marine and maritime subjects,
including humanities, law, science & technology, and commerce &
management, Majumdar says.
international level, in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), there is a paucity of
academic institutions with an interdisciplinary approach to Maritime Studies.
It is to bridge this gap that the CEMAS started the three Maritime Studies
programmes, Majumdar adds.
“We expect the
graduates of these courses to become an important segment of the maritime
ecosystem in times to come, says Cmde Srikant Kesnur, a member of the Board of
Management of CEMAS.
As the maritime
industry burgeons, one may expect several new avenues to open up. “Further, the
multidisciplinary approach to nautical studies will imply that graduates of
this programme could, possibly, work across streams and learn on the job
building on the core concepts brought out in the curriculum framework, Cmde
Studies) is expected to impart fundamental and applied knowledge in maritime
science and allied subjects over 12 courses in areas such as Maritime History
Security and Laws, Introduction to Maritime Sciences – Oceanography,
Meteorology, Climatology and Ocean Chemistry, Marine Pollution Climate Change,
Coastal Hazard, etc with elective subjects that include Artificial Intelligence
and Monitoring, Fisheries Management System and Technology, Ship Construction.
Studies) will include among others,Overview of Maritime History Security and
Laws, apart from Research Methodology, Maritime Finance and Advanced Maritime
Trade; with electives encompassing Logistics and Ware Housing, Sustainable
Maritime Transport etc.
Master of Arts
(Maritime Studies) will cover subjects related to humanities along with few
interdisciplinary courses. Overview of Maritime History Security and Laws,
Maritime Strategic Environment & Geo Politics in Indian Ocean Region, etc
will be taught along with electives in International Laws on Maritime Safety
& Security, Maritime Trade Labour and Environmental Laws etc