Launched on February 15, 2005 in Delhi by Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the Raksha Mantri, the genesis of the National Maritime Foundation lies in a long-felt need to redress Indias historic neglect of its maritime security domain, and to fill an acute intellectual void by providing a common platform for discourse between maritime related institutions, organizations and disciplines, country-wide.
- Accord priority, as an autonomous institution, to free dialogue and discussion on all issues with a bearing on maritime security, and on the formulation of independent policy advice, to decision makers, in the GoI and the Navy.
- Endeavour to mould public opinion and influence the national security elite on issues where India’s vital maritime security interests are at stake.
- Nurture and facilitate study, scholarship and discourse in respect of a broad spectrum of maritime issues, including marine resources, maritime law, maritime history, preservation of the maritime environment and disaster relief.
- Strives to engage foreign institutions, having common interests and commitments, in our immediate neighbourhood as well as further afield, and undertake an exchange of ideas with a view to enhancing mutual understanding and cooperation in the maritime field.
To these ends, the National Maritime Foundation strives to: