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.
To these ends, the National Maritime Foundation strives to:
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.