Map Oceans with a career in marine studies

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You would have come across the recent series of stories on India’s coasts by NDTV. If you haven’t, watch one by clicking here.

You would also have heard about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill around December 2010 and early January this year that resulted into a disaster, described by none other than the US President Barack Obama as an environmental 9/11. We have had our own Tsunami in 2004 and the reason why the recent killer quake in Japan cause so much of havoc was due to Tsunami induced flood and of course the Fukushima induced nuclear crisis. The increased incidents of cyclones and super cyclones in recent times pose serious challenge to the way we thought about coastal lives.


A-Japanese-Self-Defence-F-007 (Photo Credit:

Seas and the oceans, the harbingers of first form of life according to scientists, have never been in news for all the wrong reasons. Seas and oceans are the reason why we have a life on earth. The whole cycle of winds and weather, climate and rain and the whole water and air cycle that sustains life has an invariably inseparable relationship with these great water bodies.

Apart from that seas have always been generous in terms of inspiring vastness, infiniteness, and greatness. Hundreds and thousands of varieties of fish, plants and other sea based life forms have nourished humanity since times immemorial. Even today, some of the world’s most densely populated cities and civilizations are based along coasts.

You might think why I am talking about seas for someone living at the top of world’s highest mountains in Sikkim. I hope I can bet that you would have had your sea time and you would have felt about the immense stretch of water across our shores washing your feet. Some of you might have been to Goa or Seychelles; some of you might be going for a honeymoon on cruise in the years to come.

Why I am raising this point is the fact that ocean is one of nature’s most profound phenomenon that still remains unexplored. We are still far from predicting the true extent of rain despite all the scientific achievements let alone quakes, Tsunami and cyclones.

Marine Biology (Photo Credit

Marine Biology (Photo Credit

Oceans, both due to their vastness and the recent developments, will continue to be something that needs a great amount of research and studies. Oceans are also great source of resources. From mineral oil to natural gas, seas are great source of many hydrocarbon and other mineral resources. Coastal areas are also considered good to generate wind power.

Due to all the above reasons, studying ocean sciences can be a passion as much as a rewarding career. There are a host of ocean based streams of studies like oceanography and marine engineering, naval architecture and ocean engineering. A good qualification in these streams can bring you a rewarding career in a research institutes to a multinational petroleum company.

What else it will give you an opportunity to be closer to one of mother earth’s most beautiful creations.

Following is a list of some of the institutes in India:

Andhra University: Both undergraduate and post graduate courses
Annamalai University: Post graduate courses
: Post Graduate and M.Phil courses
Cochin University of Science And Technology (CUSAT): Post Graduate and Ph D
Goa University: Post Graduate and Ph D
Mangalore University: Post Graduate
Tamil University: Post Graduate courses
: Post Graduate courses
IIT Kharagpur offers B.Tech, M.Tech and dual specializations at its two departments

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