The Indian Maritime University (IMU) was established on 14th November 2008 as a teaching-cum-affiliating university under the aegis of the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India, with Chennai as headquarters. It was set up to promote maritime studies, training, research and extension with focus on emerging areas like oceanography, maritime history, maritime laws, maritime security, search and rescue, transportation of dangerous cargo, environmental studies and other related fields, and to achieve excellence in these areas.

There were 7 renowned legacy teaching-cum-research institutes under the Ministry of Shipping, and these were subsumed under the Indian Maritime University in November 2008. The 3 institutes in Mumbai, namely, the Training Ship Chanakya, the Lal Bahadur Shastri College of Advanced Maritime Studies & Research, and the Marine Engineering Research Institute became the Mumbai Campus of the Indian Maritime University. The 2 institutes in Kolkata, namely, the Marine Engineering Research Institute and the Indian Institute of Port Management became the Kolkata Campus of the University. The National Ship Design and Research Centre in Visakhapatnam and the National Maritime Academy in Chennai became the Visakhapatnam and Chennai Campuses respectively of the University. Post November 2008, Kochi Campus was set up – in 2009. The University also has 24 Affiliated Institutes.

IMU Campuses

1. Kolkata

2. Mumbai

3. Chennai

4. Visakhapatnam

5. Cochin

Courses Offered by IMU
The following programmes are offered by the Indian Maritime University at campuses and affiliated:
Undergraduate Programmes
1.  4-Year B. Tech (Marine Engineering)
2.  4-Year B. Tech (Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering)
3.  3-Year BBA (Logistics, Retailing and E-Commerce)
4.  3-Year B. Sc (Maritime Science)
5.  3-Year B. Sc (Nautical Science)
6.  3-Year B. Sc (Ship Building & Repair) – This Programme is being conducted only in the Affiliated Institutes.
7.  1-Year Diploma in Nautical Science (DNS) leading to B.Sc. (Applied Nautical Science)

Postgraduate Programmes
1.  2-Year M.Tech (Marine Technology and Management)
2.  2-Year M.Tech (Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering)
3.  2-Year M.Tech (Dredging and Harbour Engineering)
4.  2-Year M. Sc (Commercial Shipping and Logistics)
5.  2-Year MBA (Port and Shipping Management)
6.  2-Year MBA (International Transportation and Logistics Management)

Postgraduate Diploma Programmes
1.  1-Year Post Graduate Diploma in Marine Engineering (PGDME) (Admissions for this Programme are done in the month of January every year).

Research Programmes
IMU is proposing to introduce M.S (by Research) from the current Academic Year (from January 2018 onwards). Currently IMU offers Ph.D in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering in Visakhapatnam Campus. IMU plans to make all its 5 Campuses as centres for doing research leading to Ph.D before 2018-19.