In a major development, Malini Shankar, a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Maharashtra cadre, has been appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Chennai-based Indian Maritime University (IMU). The appointment has been announced by the Shipping Ministry.
According to the Ministry, Malini Shankar’s term at the IMU will be for five years.
The IMU currently has six campuses located at Chennai, Mumbai, Kandla, Kochi, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam. Most of these campuses are headed by the director in-charge of the campuses.
The IMU started functioning from November 14, 2008 after integrating the existing seven maritime academic institutions: National Maritime Academy – Chennai, TS Chanakya – Mumbai, Lal Bahadur Shastri College of Advanced Maritime Studies & Research – Mumbai, Marine Engineering Research Institute – Mumbai, Marine Engineering Research Institute – Kolkata, Indian Institute of Port Management – Kolkata, and National Ship Design & Research Centre – Visakhapatnam.
Malini Shankar is also the Chairperson of the National Shipping Board (NSB). NSB is the top advisory agency to the government on shipping-related matters.