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.

 
Remembrance Day – 10 Nov 2013

It was a simple but solemn ceremony, marked with dignity befitting the occasion that IMF observed Remembrance Day on Sunday, 10th Nov 2013, at the Seafarers Memorial, Bund Garden Pune. Mr. Arun Sharma, CMD IRS was the Chief Guest
 
Junior SIMA Art Competition 24 Nov 13

Junior SIMA’s 9th Annual Art Competition was held at the Empress Garden on 24th November 2013. 96 Children participated in four age groups – 12 to 15 Years ( Pollution at Sea), 9 to 11 Years (Life at Sea), 5 to 8 Years (Boats), and the below 5 group just encouraged to paint. A quiz was also conducted by the President of SIMA, while the judges compiled the results.
 
IMF 20th Anniversary Function – 22 Dec 2013

The IMF is 20 years old and this was celebrated at the Central Park Hotel on 22nd January 2013. The Chief Guest for the function was Rear Admiral RM Purandare, FODAG. Cmde Rajan Vir, Founder President IMF delivered the Welcome address in which he recounted the 20-year journey of the IMF. This was followed by the Lecture by the Chief Guest, titled – The Navy’s role in the Maritime Defence of India in the Next Decade. The formal ceremonies were followed by a sumptuous dinner, and a superb one-man band. The music was so delightful that the dance floor was packed and everyone had a fine time.
 
SIMA Exhibition of Seascapes – 1st to 3rd Feb 2014

The Annual Exhibition of Seascapes by members of the Society of Marine Artists (SIMA) was inaugurated at 11.00 am on Saturday, 1st Feb 2014, and concluded at 8.00 pm on Monday, 3rd Feb2014. A total of 17 Artists exhibited their works, and a total of 46 paintings were on view. 3 of the Artists also displayed their photographic skills alongside the paintings. The exhibition was inaugurated by Mrs Rooma Dubey, President of the Inner Wheel Club of Pune Central. Commodore Rajan Vir, President SIMA welcomed the Chief Guest and thanked her for taking time out from her extremely busy schedule and consenting to grace the occasion. Rooma Dubey is actively associated with a number of Rotary Projects connected with womens’ empowerment like self-help workshops for women, health and hygiene awareness for young and adolescent girls, creation of separate toilets for girl students (a major reason for girls dropping out of schools is the lack of these facilities), and adult literacy. Senior Artist, Mr. Nandkishor Dhadnekar gave a demonstration of painting a seascape by painting one on the spot. He converted a blank paper into a beautiful seascape within 25 minutes. He held the audience spell bound while doing so.
 
Joint Maritime Seminar – 6th May 2014

Joint Maritime Seminar “TO FOSTER COOPERATION BETWEEN SEAFARING COMMUNITIES” was conducted by Western Naval Command, Nautical Institute and Indian Maritime Foundation at Mumbai on 6th May (Tuesday) at INHS Ashvini. This is the third such seminar, the idea for which was conceived by the IMF.
 
Seminar on Saving Lives an Building Communities – 4th June 2014

Rashtriya Life Saving Society, Marhatta Chambers of Commerce Industry and Agriculture and the Indian Maritime Foundation conducted a Joint Seminar titled ‘Saving Lives and Building Communities’ on the 4th of June 2014 from 9am onwards at the MCCIA Auditorium.
 
Interviews given by Cmde Rajan Vir (Retd.). President Indian Maritime Foundation, on contemporary naval issues. Watch at the following Links.
1. http://indiapostlive.com/scrap-vikrant/
2. http://indiapostlive.com/indian-navy-well/
 
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