The Department of Shipping has appointed Malini Shankar, a retired civil servant of the Maharashtra squad’s Indian Administration Service (IAS), as Vice-Chancellor of Indian Maritime University in Chennai, strengthening her position as a key government contact for maritime affairs.
Malini Shankar is also chair of the National Shipping Board (NSB), to which she was appointed in April this year. NSB is the government’s top advice center on shipping-related matters.
During her career, she was director general of shipping, the country’s maritime administration, and was overhauled in December 2018.
Malini Shankar’s tenure at IMU is five years or until she reaches the age of seventy, whichever is earlier. This is clear from the Ministry of Shipping’s appointment order of July 16.
Your appointment will give the university, which has been “headless” for almost three years, a much-needed direction and help to get the discredited institute established by a law of Parliament in order.
IMU currently has six locations in Chennai, Mumbai, Kandla, Kochi, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam. Most of these locations are managed by the director responsible for the locations.
The IMU was put into operation on November 14, 2008 after the integration of the existing seven maritime academic institutions: National Maritime Academy – Chennai, TS Chanakya – Mumbai, Lal Bahadur Shastri College for advanced maritime studies and research – Mumbai, Marine Engineering Research Institute – Mumbai, Marine Engineering Research Institute – Kolkata, Indian Institute for Port Management – Kolkata and National Ship Design & Research Center – Visakhapatnam.
The IMU has seen five VCs in the past 12 years, none of whom have served terms after being involved in corruption or other issues.
“IMU got lost in the absence of a stable administrator who could understand the pulse of the shipping industry, and this affected the university’s growth momentum,” said one industry representative.