A Glorious Past

1927 was a remarkable and epoch making year in the history of modern Indian shipping.

History tells us that India was a vast sea power in olden days. But in India there were no facilities to impart training to Indians to become merchant navy officers till 1927. The Great visionary Sir P. S. sivaswamy Iyer’s strong advocacy for the cause resulted in acceptance of a resolution on 19th March 1926 by the Central Government to commence the Indian Mercantile Marine, the Ministry of Commerce, accordingly acquired troopship Dufferin and the three year course for the first batch commenced on Dufferin on 5th December 1927 with 26 cadets. The first cadet Ramdas Katari who was later to become the first Indian commander-in-chief of the Indian Navy belonged to this very batch.

T. S. Dufferin was afloat for a period of 67 years of which 45 years were off Mazgaon pier having trained 2656 cadets. It is a matter of great pride that four Chiefs of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy, many admirals, four Nautical advisors and two chief surveyors with the Government of India had their training at ‘ Dufferin’ besides many senior executives and masters in various shipping companies.

T. S. Rajendra was named after King Rajendra Chola. T. S. Rajendra had been specifically designed and built as a modern training ship by Hindustan Shipyard to train 250 cadets at a time as against 160 earlier.

T. S. Rajendra served illustriously for 21 years by not only training a large number of cadets but also the saloon crew. The Government of India decided with great foresight to set up a shore based academy for training of nautical cadets so that output could be substantially increased. The shore based academy christened T. S. Chanakya was inaugurated on 5th April 1993, National Maritime Day. read more..

T. S. Chanakya became operational on 1st August, 1993 and teaches the cadets the new order but also makes them upholders of the old ones.

The navigation and communication simulators provide a realistic hands-on training on meeting various situations effectively. All cadets are adept in handling computers before they pass out. The Library is well stocked with large number of books and technical periodicals on wide ranging subjects. A number of open play grounds zoom with activity after a class hours.

Besides the three years degree course, T. S. Chanakya imparts training for one year Diploma course in Nautical Studies (DNS) A fire fighting complex has also been located in the premises which commenced training of merchant navy officers for advance fire fighting and cadets in basic fire fighting. T. S. Chanakya is also poised to conduct other modular courses such as Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), Elementary First Aid, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities and Personal Survival Techniques. All efforts are made to identify the needs of the shipping industry and the training is accordingly modified.All the cadets who have passed out have been usefully employed by various shipping companies and have been rendering yeoman service.