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Students who have passed class 12th with Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics and are willing to join Merchant Navy as Deck cadet in Navigating Department, have to complete either 1 year Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS) or 3 years degree Course of  B.Sc. in Nautical Science.

In this article we will provide list of of Top Diploma in Nautical Science (DNS) Institutes in India. Our list of top Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS) colleges in India is based on opinion given by Merchant Navy Captains associated with us and feedback collected from Navigating Officers and  students. Therefore this list is strictly a personal opinion of Marine Republic.

Before you go through the list of top colleges you need to understand some very important points related to Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS) which are very much crucial for your future career.

Why Studying in Top Colleges is VERY important?

The most important thing a candidate needs to understand is that Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS) is a very specialised branch and it is a specialised training for Merchant Navy. The curriculum and syllabus of Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS) is so designed that it is useful ONLY on Merchant Navy Ships. It’s core is Shipping Industry only.

Therefore after completing your Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS) course, if you don’t get a good job on merchant navy ships then it becomes very difficult for you to get a job in any other industry. Your precious time and money will be wasted.

So before taking admission in Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS) course you must ensure that you are studying in an institute where the probability of getting a job in Merchant Navy shipping company is very high.

In the present market condition getting a job for Deck Cadet on a Merchant Navy ship is very very difficult. Therefore if you do not complete your course from a reputed Institute then it becomes very difficult for you to get a job in a good shipping company.

That is why take a very wise decision before taking admission in any institute for Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS).

Factors to consider while selecting College

  1. Quality of training being provided.
  2. Training Infrastructure of the Institute.
  3. Campus Placement Record.
  4. Quality of teaching Faculty in the institute.
  5. Ex-Students Association of the college as it provides lots of help in getting JOB.

List of TOP Colleges

1. Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy (AEMA).

Advantages of Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy
  • Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy is owned by world’s one of the biggest Ship Management Company, Anglo Eastern Shipping based in Hong Kong.
  • Students of this college definitely get a job in Anglo Eastern Shipping company which is a dream company to start your career in Merchant Navy.
  • Only Merchant Navy Captains & Chief Engineers with good experience are kept as teaching faculty here.
  • World class training Infrastructure.
  • Almost all TOP shipping companies around the world come for campus recruitment in this Institute.

Disadvantages of AEMA

  • Fess of AEMA is very high. To complete the full course you have to spent almost 9 Lakhs rupees.
  • Being a new institute its Alumni is not strong. Their ex-students are not very well known in the industry.

2. Tolani Maritime Institute Pune.

Tolani Maritime Institute Pune was established in 1998. Since then it has continuously upgraded its Training infrastructure and academics. Due to quality education this institute has established itself among the best Maritime institutes of India.
The most important thing to note about Tolani Maritime Institute Pune is that it is owned by a shipping company called Tolani Maritime. Tolani Maritime is average shipping company with big worldwide Ocean going ships.

Advantages of Tolani Maritime Institute Pune.

  • Among the most reputed Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS) College of India.
  • Only Merchant Navy Captains & Chief Engineers with good experience are kept as teaching faculty here.
  • World class training Infrastructure.
  • Almost all TOP shipping companies around the world come for campus recruitment in this Institute.
  • If some students do not get job, then Tolani Shipping Company tries to accommodate then in their company. Thats is why almost all students get campus placement from here.
  • This institute has very good hostel facilities and other co-curricular facilities.

Disadvantages of Tolani Maritime Institute Pune.

  • The fees of this institute is very high. You have to pay almost 7 lakhs rupees for Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS) course.
  • There are some reports that after paying such high fees also they are unable to provide 100% jobs from campus .
  • Selection process is difficult. You have to pass Tolani Entrance Exam (TMISAT) as well as IMU-CET to get admission in this college.

3. Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies Lonavala.

Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies Lonavala comes at number three in our top Marine engineering institutes of India list. This Institute is owned by Singapore based very reputed Ship Management Company, Executive Ship Management, therefore the standard of training infrastructure, hostel facilities etc. is very high. You get a world class training and facilities in this Institute.

Advantages of Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies Lonavala.

  • Among the most reputed Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS) College of India.
  • Only Merchant Navy Captains & Chief Engineers with good experience are kept as teaching faculty here.
  • World class training Infrastructure.
  • Almost all TOP shipping companies around the world come for campus recruitment in this Institute.
  • If some students do not get job, Executive Ship Management Singapore accommodates them in their company. Thats is why almost all students get campus placement from here.
  • This institute has very good hostel facilities and other co-curricular facilities.

Disadvantages of Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies Lonavala.

  • The fees of this institute is very high. You have to pay almost 7-8 lakhs rupees for Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS) course.
  • Being a new college its Alumni is not very good. Therefore you do not get Alumni support for future career.
  • Selection process is difficult. You have to pass Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies Exam as well as IMU-CET to get admission in this college.

4. Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies Mumbai.

Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies Lonavala comes at number four in our top Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS)  institutes of India list. This Institute is owned by India’s Biggest Shipping Company, Great Eastern Shipping, therefore the standard of training infrastructure, hostel facilities etc. is very high. You get a world class training and facilities in this Institute.

Advantages of Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies .

  • Among the most reputed Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS) College of India.
  • Only Merchant Navy Captains & Chief Engineers with good experience are kept as teaching faculty here.
  • World class training Infrastructure.
  • Almost all TOP shipping companies around the world come for campus recruitment in this Institute.
  • If some students do not get job, Great Eastern Shipping accommodates them in their company. Thats is why almost all students get campus placement from here.
  • This institute has very good hostel facilities and other co-curricular facilities.

Disadvantages of Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies.

  • The fees of this institute is very high. You have to pay almost 7-8 lakhs rupees for Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS) course.
  • Being a new college its Alumni is not very good. Therefore you do not get Alumni support for future career.
  • Selection process is difficult. You have to pass Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies Exam as well as IMU-CET to get admission in this college.

5. Maritime Training Institute (MTI) Mumbai.

Maritime Training Institute comes at number 5 in our top Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS)  institutes of India list. This Institute is owned by India’s Biggest Public Sector Shipping Company, Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), therefore the standard of training infrastructure, hostel facilities etc. is very high. You get a world class training and facilities in this Institute.

Advantages of Maritime Training Institute (MTI) Mumbai .

  • Among the most reputed Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS) College of India.
  • Only Merchant Navy Captains & Chief Engineers with good experience are kept as teaching faculty here.
  • World class training Infrastructure.
  • Almost all TOP shipping companies around the world come for campus recruitment in this Institute.
  • If some students do not get job,Shipping Corporation of India accommodates them in their company. Thats is why almost all students get campus placement from here.
  • This institute has very good hostel facilities and other co-curricular facilities.

Disadvantages of Maritime Training Institute (MTI) Mumbai.

  • The fees of this institute is very high. You have to pay almost 6-7 lakhs rupees for Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS) course.
  • Being a new college its Alumni is not very good. Therefore you do not get Alumni support for future career.

6. IMU Mumbai (T.S. Chanakya).

T.S. Chanakya was considered as BEST Merchant Navy institute of Asia till few years back. It has a glorious past. It was previously known as T.S. Duffrin and after that it’s name was changed to T.S. Rajendra.
After T.S. Rajendra it’s name was changed to T.S. Chanakya and now it is known as IMU Mumbai campus. It still has a very good faculty and training facilities, however since last few years this college is unable to provide job to its 100% candidates.

Advantages of T.S. Chanakya Mumbai .

  • Among the most reputed Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS) College of India.
  • Only Merchant Navy Captains & Chief Engineers with good experience are kept as teaching faculty here.
  • World class training Infrastructure.
  • It is a Govt if India college, thats why iit’s fees is very less. Candidate can finish his course only for 2 lakhs rupees fees.
  • It has one of the best Alumni of the world. Ex-students of this college are business leaders and Top bosses of shipping companies around the world.

Disadvantages of Maritime Training Institute (MTI) Mumbai.

  • Presently this college is facing Job problem. Many of its candidates o not get job during campus placement. However Govt of India and Ex- students’ association is trying to resolve this problem.
  • Hostel facilities are like any other govt institute.

Some more Good Colleges for DNS Course

There are few more good colleges for Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS) course from where you can get good training as well as good job in reputed shipping companies. However inquire about the job assurance BEFORE taking admission in these colleges:
  1. Applied Research Institute (ARI) Delhi
  2. International Maritime Institute (IMI) Noida
  3. Training Ship Rahman Mumbai.

Other Institutes for Marine Engineering Course

There are total 27 institutes approved by government of India to conduct Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS) course. But in our personal capacity we do not recommend any other college other than above listed colleges for Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DNS) course.
At junior level the demand of Deck Cadet is less and supply is more. Every year hundreds of candidates pass out from colleges without a job. Therefore it becomes very difficult for a college pass out to get a job in a reputed shipping company. It has been seen that if a candidate does not get job from college campus then he gets trapped by Merchant Navy agents, who cheat these candidates lakhs of rupees.
In our opinion the campus placement record of all other colleges is not very good and also it is very transparent as well. Therefore we suggest that if a candidate wants to take admission in any other college other than these colleges then he must do a thorough research about the campus placement record of the institute and after being fully satisfied only he should take admission in any other college.

Every college does a good advertisement about its Campus Placement Record to attract students. But candidate must try to know the truth from INDEPENDENT and reliable sources.

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