Our Vision And Mission


The prime vision of the MRC is to be a nodal research center on maritime issues and contribute as a technology driven think tank on the broader Underwater Domain Awareness (UDA) framework (discussed at the end) in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Towards that it will formulate specific research areas that can generate significant local inputs in the IOR both scientific and strategic to guide technology development, business environment and regulatory formulations


The mission is categorized into three levels to meet the broader vision of UDA in IOR:
(a) The maritime strategy formulation with the UDA framework in the IOR. Here, MRC will engage with the practitioners, decision makers and policy formulators to drive the Indian Maritime Strategy with an effective UDA framework at its core.
(b) The technology and innovation required to provide effective and enhanced UDA in the IOR is critical, particularly in the light of significant challenges due to tropical littoral limitation causing sub-optimal sonar performance. MRC will identify specific challenges and work towards providing scientific inputs on multi-disciplinary aspects.
(c) The human resource that understands the various facets of UDA to drive effective Maritime Strategy is extremely scarce in this country. MRC will work towards generating the critical pool of young graduates in multi-disciplinary areas that appreciates the nuances of UDA in the IOR.

Our Potential StakeHolders

National Security Apparatus

These include the Navy, Coast Guard, Coastal Police, etc. They are entrusted with the security and defence of the country in the IOR. At times they are also required to play the critical role of maritime diplomacy

Maritime Industries

All corporate entities engaged in maritime activities for commercial purposes. This includes the shipping industry, oil and gas industry, undersea mining, etc., that are engaged in maximizing the contribution of the maritime sector to the GDP

Marine Environment

Regulatory authorities and disaster management agencies involved in ensuring safe and sustainable growth.

Science and Research

Agencies involved in providing scientific and technical inputs in the undersea space.

Our Goals


In the short term, we need to generate awareness regarding the concept of UDA and its potential contribution for the stakeholders. Multiple workshops, seminars, collaborative training sessions, lecture series, internships, etc., will be undertaken at MRC, stakeholders premises and other venues to sensitize them of MRC activities and expertise.


MRC will participate in joint research and training. The joint research will translate to student project guidance at training institutes and universities. Submission of research projects to funding agencies will be another area that will be accorded priority along with joint research guidance for the students registered in universities in topics related to the UDA.


MRC will work as a think tank and contribute towards maritime policy formulation and strategic guidance. MRC will work towards developing our in-house expertise and provide a platform to freelance experts and young researchers to use our resources for their research and projects. It will present itself as an independent and unbiased knowledge partner to industry and activists for their strategic planning and operational management.

Our Council Members

Rajan Vir

Commodore Rajan Vir

President, IMF

Capt Anand Dixit

Capt Anand Dixit

Vice President, IMF

Dr.Arnab Das

Dr(Cdr).Arnab Das

Director, MRC

Portfolio 1

Vice Admiral SCS Bangara (Retd).

Strategy and Security

Portfolio 1

Vice Admiral DSP Varma (Retd)

Technology & Innovation

Portfolio 1

Prof PSV Nataraj, IIT Bombay

R&D and Human Resource

Portfolio 1

Mr. Praful Talera

Blue Economy

Portfolio 1

Mr. Vivek Menon, CEO WTI

Marine Environment

Portfolio 1

Capt Inderjit Roy

Overall Coordination

Dr(Cdr) Arnab Das

Dr(Cdr) Arnab Das

Underwater Acoustics

Minoo Daryanani

Mrs. Minoo Daryanani

Maritime Law

Ms. Scharada Dubey

Ms. Scharada Dubey


Portfolio 1

Dipani Sutaria, PhD

Marine Mammals