The Indian Maritime Foundation (IMF) was established in December 1993 by a group of officers who have served in the Indian Navy, the Indian Merchant Marine and other professions. They have dedication and a high sense of commitment to this cause of public service they have embarked upon.

The IMF is a non profit organization, registered in Pune as a charitable trust. It has branches in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.

 
INAUGURATION OF THE IMF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY - 18 DEC 2014

This was a red-letter day in the History of the Indian Maritime Foundation, a dream come true! With the help of Chellaram Foundation and untiring efforts of the Council Members, the much awaited IMF Museum and Library was commissioned. Located within the Archaeology Section of the Deccan College Pune, it contains numerous artifacts that will go a long way in promoting sea-mindedness amongst the populace of Pune, which was the first aim of the IMF. The Museum was inaugurated by Mr. Lal Chellaram and Mrs. Shobhana Chellaram on 18th December 2014, in the presence of IMF Council members and donors of artifacts.
 
21ST ANNIVERSARY OF IMF AND LECTURE BY DR. MURAD LALA - 21 DEC 2014

The 21st Anniversary of IMF wasss celebrated on the 21st of December 2014 at the Central Park Hotel. On this occasion Dr. Murad Lala, an Oncologist by profession and an Everest Summiteer by choice was the Guest speaker. His talk, entitled, ‘From Scalpel to Summit’ was very well received and proved to be inspirational for younger members of the audience. The talk was followed by a splendid dinner organized by our tireless secretary – Mrs. Nalinin Kunte.
 
WREATH LAYING CEREMONY AT THE SEAFARERS MEMORIAL – 25 JAN 2015

The Seafarers memorial was built by the IMF in 1998, with sponsorship and help from Clover Builders. It was dedicated to the city of Pune at a special function by the chief guest, VAdm Arun Prakash, former CNS, who was then the Commandant of NDA at Khadakwasla. The memorial is dedicated to all Indian Seafarers – naval, merchant naval, fishermen and others, who have lost their lives at sea in the service to our nation. It also symbolizes our pride in the bounteous oceans washing India's shores, and in all those who go to sea. IMF Council members lay a wreath at the Memorial on the last Sunday of January each year. The wreath laying ceremony is a solemn and dignified one, led by the founding President – Cmde Rajan Vir.
 
IMF GETS ITS FIRST MARITIME RESEARCH SCHOLAR - 02 FEB 2015

The IMF Museum and Library has also been designated as the Maritime Research Centre. IMF has established a fellowship for Indian nationals, from any walk of life, to come forward and carry out research and writing on any maritime subject, leading to the publication of books , encompassing both non - fiction as well as fiction. This is in consonance with IMF’s fundamental aim of endeavoring to make our people in India sea-minded. A committee has been formed comprising council members of the IMF to select suitable scholars and to conduct the affairs of the MRC. The selected candidates will be expected to generate well - researched thesis in the form of a publishable book within a period of one year. The total fellowship grant will be Rs one lakh. The MRC Committee has selected its first scholar, Cdr (Dr) Arnab Das, a senior member of the faculty at the Military Institute of Technology (MILIT) at Pune. Cdr Das’ subject of research will be Marine eco-concern and the Indian maritime strategy.
 
RELEASE OF THE 80TH ISSUE OF SEAGULL - 14 FEB 2015

Seagull, the quarterly Journal of IMF crossed an important landmark. The current issue, being the 80th, was released ceremoniously at a Function held at the Panchratna hotel on 14th February 2015. Cdr Devendra Bhatnagar (Retd.) CEO of Mahindra Naval Defence Systems Pvt. Ltd. was the Chief Guest. The Editorial Team consists of Capt. Anand Dixit, Editor, Cmde Ajay Chitnis, Joint Editor and Capt Sujit Chowdhury, Associate Editor. At the same function 'Oyster', the Half-Yearly newsletter of the Society of Indian Marine Artists (SIMA) was also released. The Editor of Oyster is Mrs Dipti Chitnis. The occasion also saw the release of 'Lighthouse', the quarterly newsletter of the Ocean Savers of India (OSI). Mr. Karn Ragade is the Vice President of OSI, which is the youth wing of IMF.
 
SEMINAR ORGANIZED BY THE DELHI BRANCH OF IMF - 27 FEB 2015

The Delhi branch of the IMF held its annual seminar at the India International Centre, New Delhi on 27 Feb 2015. We were delighted to have Cmde Rajan Vir amongst us and his inaugural address highlighted the significant role being played by the IMF with its committed and selfless approach to spreading maritime awareness in the country through its numerous initiatives. We were also privileged to have Admiral VS Shekhawat (Retd), former Chief of the Naval Staff and a large number of senior veterans in the audience.
 
SIMA ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF SEASCAPES - 27 TO 29 MARCH 2015

SIMA Annual Exhibition of Seascapes: This was held from 27th to 29th March 2015 at the Bal Gandharva Kaladalan, Pune. Mr. Iqbal Chaney, an eminent architect and a Marine Artist himself, was the Chief Guest. 19 Artists participated in the exhibition; 50 paintings and 18 photographs were on display.
 
IMF REMEMBERS THE VALOUR OF INDIAN SOLDIERS IN WORLD WAR I - 24 APRIL 2015

IMF commemorated the Landings at Gallipoli by the screening of the acclaimed film “Gallipoli” on 24 April, exactly a century after the landings commenced at the Turkish peninsula. The approx 4800 strong contingent of the Indian Army was represented at Gallipoli by the 7th Indian Mountain Artillery Brigade, the Indian Mule Corps, a medical establishment, and the 29th Indian Infantry Brigade. No account of the Gallipoli campaign can ignore the contribution of the 14th Sikhs in the third Battle of Krithia or the 1-6 Gurkhas in the Battle of Sari Bair. Before the film, the grand sons of three World War 1 veterans who were special invitees were felicitated and bouquets were presented to them by three IMF members present. They recounted the role played by their ancestors on the battle fields of the Western Front in Belgium and France, in Mesopotamia, Egypt and in Turkey.
 
RELEASE OF THE 81ST ISSUE OF SEAGULL - 08 MAY 2015

The 81st Issue of IMF's Quarterly Journal - Seagull was released on the 8th of May 2015 at the RSI, Pune. Some of the Council Members were present at the dinner. The Cover picture is of CGS Barracuda of the Mauritian Navy. This ship was built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkatta, and is the first warship delivered by an Indian yard to a foreign country. She was commissioned by our Hon'ble PM Mr. Natrendra Modi at Mauritius recently.
 
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