The Indian Maritime University was established through an Act of Parliament (Act 22) in November 2008 as a Central University to play a key role in the development of trained human resource for the maritime sector. The Indian Maritime University is headquartered at Chennai has campuses at Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, Visakhapatnam and Cochin. IMU presently offers Diploma, Degree, Postgraduate Diploma and Post Graduate Degree courses in Nautical Science, Marine Engineering, Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering, Ship Building & Repair, Maritime Management, Doctoral Programmes and Post Sea Courses.
India's first Deemed to be University under Section 3 of UGC Act for maritime education, training and research. The Director General of Shipping has accredited University with A1 outstanding Grade for the past FOUR consecutive years for outstanding maritime education and training, which is a rare distinction. Since 25 years AMET has been addressing capacity building to feed national and world industry to support maritime sector. About 4000 students are currently undergoing few specialized like - B.Sc. Nautical Science, B.E. Marine Engineering, B.E. Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering, B.E. Mining Engineering, B.E. Petroleum Engineering, B.E. Electrical and Electronics Engineering (marine), B.E. Mechanical Engineering (marine), B.Tech. Food Processing Technology, BBA and MBA (Shipping and Logistics), B.Com. Logistics and Computer Applications, besides post graduate studies and research programmes leading to Ph.D degree.