Maharashtra has about 720 km coastline, which is at the politico-economic heart of India’s total 7,516
km coastline. Mumbai has two international seaports, the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) at Ballard Estate
and the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) at Nhava-Sheva, and major Dockyards like the Mazagon
Dock and also Naval Dockyard. Mumbai also has a ship breaking yard at Sewri. The ports at Mumbai
directly connect to the Arabian Sea and cater for more than 18% of the traffic at India’s Major Ports.
There are also a number of Shipbuilding yards, both government and private, in the jurisdiction of
University of Mumbai and its vicinity, such as those based in Ratnagiri and Ghodbundar in
Maharashtra, and Dempo and Chowgule Shipyards in Goa. More importantly, Mumbai houses the
Indian Navy’s swordarm the Western Naval Command with a range of organisations such as the
Western Fleet, the Maharashtra Naval Area and several key naval/maritime focussed entities.
The maritime jurisdiction of Maharashtra, and especially Mumbai, covers the vital energy, trade and
commerce routes and centres of India, and is adjacent to the main arterial International Shipping Lanes
across the Arabian Sea, which connects India and the strategic Persian Gulf and Gulf of Aden regions to
the Indo-Pacific littoral.Mumbai and Maharashtra/ Goa also have several historic forts, fortifications, coastal structures,
architectural remnants, ancient ports and other structures that bear testimony to a long and deep
maritime history, incorporating all elements of maritime canvas from war and trade to ship building
and cultural connections.
The maritime strategic importance of Mumbai, and the wide spread of important subjects under the
rubric of Maritime Studies are pivotal to the growth and well-being of India, especially Mumbai and
Maharashtra, merit reflection in a dedicated vehicle being provided for academic pursuits, education
and deeper understanding of these subjects.
India is 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. The programme envisions port led development
and growth of logistics intensive industries. Under Sagarmala Programme, $123 Billion is expected
to be invested across 415 projects across the areas of Port Modernization and New Port
Development; Port Connectivity Enhancement; Port-linked Industrialization; and Coastal Community
Development. This programme is expected to create four million new direct and six million indirect
jobs, and estimated to enhance India’s GDP by upto 4%.
With nations committed to fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the role of oceans
is significant. Addressing the strategic, environment and ocean ecosystem challenges are one of
the greatest challenges for India and the world. India and the world maritime industries have to meet
the environment, energy, safety and human factor challenges with extensive research and
The interdisciplinary industry relevant curriculum of the M.Sc. (Maritime Studies) , M.Com.
(Maritime Studies) and M.A. (Maritime Studies) are following choice based credit system. Each
programme is divided into four semesters in which the learner has to complete total 12 courses
covering subjects related to maritime and marine sciences and technology, maritime trade,
commerce and law and Maritime Humanities, respectively, along with few interdisciplinary courses.
In semester I, II and III, each, learners will have to complete 3 core courses and one elective
course. The programme will provide quality education in subjects related to national maritime
growth and development, observe an interdisciplinary approach across humanities, law, commerce,
management, science and technology to empower students with knowledge, focus and critical
thinking skills to address maritime challenges and harness the seas in an inclusive, integrated and
holistic manner, now and in the future.
The syllabus of these courses are designed to be dynamic and contemporary that will aid
concept learning to synergise field work, research with data analysis in both the mini and
major project in semester II and IV, respectively. Learner will have to undertake book
review assignment in semester I as a prelude to the mini project of semester II. Similarly
learner will undertake the second book review in semester III as a literature survey ground
work for the project and dissertation of semester IV. Learners are expected to undertake
case study, field work or laboratory experimentation to address contemporary problems
and challenges associated with marine and maritime sciences. Learners will be
encouraged to select projects related to regional and country relevant topics addressing
current challenges, problems and provide analyses, find relevant new knowledge and
solutions. Learners will be encouraged to select interdisciplinary projects. This will help
learners to attain hands-on skills and experiential learning. The book reviews, mini term
project and major project with dissertation will enable experiential learning through
literature survey, field work, data collection, data analysis and laboratory experimentations.
These programmes will educate, train and groom graduates that are not only Industry
ready but are also attuned to take on further higher education in research. These
programmes aims to create manpower to service the maritime and allied Industry which is
expected to witness an upward trajectory with the recent favorable government policies
and schemes in this sector. The USP of each of the programme is that the curriculum has
been made comprising of generic inter disciplinary subjects from Humanities, Science and
Commerce in addition to core domain subjects, synergizing and blending learning and
training comprising of core and elective subjects.