Dr. J. N. Singh, IAS, Chief Secretary announced the launch of the academic activities of Gujarat Maritime University through the launch of its website. The University kick starts in the upcoming academic year 2019-20 by commencing its School of Maritime Law, Policy and Administration and shall be offering 2 Post Graduate courses viz. LLM in Maritime Law and LLM in International Trade Law. The establishment of Gujarat Maritime University (GMU) is an endeavor by the Gujarat Maritime Board to provide a fillip to the growth of Indian Maritime Sector and bridge the knowledge gap within the industry.
Government of India has also taken proactive initiatives for development of the port sector. However, when it comes to maritime services, as a Country, Dr. Singh said India have become a net importer of these services. He added that the focus till now has been more on creating world class ports and in the process, the country has established more than 130 institutes catering to maritime education. The concentration of more than 90% of these institutes, however, has been on technical education. Resultantly, the prospects of commercial education in this sector has remained largely unexplored unlike developed Maritime Countries. This is where the Gujarat Maritime University will be a value differentiator.
Mr. Mukesh Kumar, IAS, the CEO of GMB who would be the Provost during the initial period said that Law in the context of maritime sector is a niche area as trade that takes place in the sea or things that occur at sea are very different from the everyday laws as these matters also involve international regulations and policies. Very limited opportunities for skill development are available in the country for those who are keen to pursue a career in these subjects.
In the first phase, Gujarat Maritime University plans to offer only programs catering to the commercial aspects of Maritime value chain like maritime law, shipping finance and economics, maritime management, logistics, ship broking, ship finance, chartering, ship management just to name a few.
The first phase will also have short term Executive Development Programs and Management Development Programs. The second phase will focus on the technical aspects. For this, the Gujarat Maritime University is also exploring possibilities of collaboration with global institutes of repute to start short term programs for working professionals.
Gujarat National Law University has been identified as the transitory campus for the Gujarat Maritime University till the time the University has a campus of its own. Parcels of land near the knowledge corridor are being identified for this purpose.