ADU has more than 100 employees working in the development center for IT Support, Graphics & Media Applications,Student Administration, Academic & Technical Support, Online Classes & Assessments. A dedicated team of Subject Matter Experts address the academic queries online, and answers are provided by them within 2 working days. Live classes are held 5 days a week to support the students in clearing their doubts.


Dr.(Capt) K.Vivekanand,
Academic Director

A graduate of T S Dufferin, the class of 1964, he is an academician to the core. He was at sea for 26 years, including 16 years in Command. He has been ashore, exclusively in Maritime Training for 30 years, during which time he was Director of AMET University for 12 years, and Pro Vice Chancellor of VELS University for 6 years in a tenure there of 10 years. He is one of the pioneers in the field of eLearning for maritime professionals in India and overseas. He has been an external examiner for Masters and Mates at MMD Chennai. He is a former member of the Executive Council at IMU.

Prof. Ajoy Chatterjee,
Academic Director, Marine Engineering Studies

Holds Extra First Class Engineer Officer C o C (U.K). Maritime professional with over five years sailing experience as Chief Engineer Officer on ships followed by over 26 years in Maritime Safety Administration and 10 years as Principal and Head of a premier Maritime Training Institute. He was Principal Officer MMD Mumbai and Kolkata and Chief Surveyor with the Govt. of India and Chief Examiner of Engineers, D.G. Shipping for seven years. Presently retained as Expert Consultant and Lead IMSAS Auditor at International Maritime Organization. London. Author of book on ISM Auditing.


Capt. Subramanian Somasundaram

Capt.S.Somasundaram ,is a Master Mariner with more than four decades of experience in the Maritime industry. He was at sea for 22 years and thereafter in the year 2000, switched over to Academia.
Progressively, he served as a Senior Programme Officer in the National Institute of Port Management, Designated Person Ashore and QHSE Manager for Deme, Dean of Post-Sea courses and Ship Simulation courses in AMET University, Vice Principal of Massa Maritime Academy, Chennai.
His passion for teaching originates from the belief that the best learning is in teaching and Joy of life is in learning.

Chief Engr. N. Ramani

Mr. Ramani is one of the key members with direct interface with the students. He addresses the academic queries related to Marine Engineering, by email, and conducts Live Q&A sessions for students who need additional assistance in clearing their doubts. Mr. Ramani, in his long career in shipping, held a wide range of responsibilities at the leadership level in technical functions at SCI.

Capt. K. Devadas

A master mariner with more than 40 of years of experience in handling Technical and Commercial Management of large fleet including Bulk carriers, Oil tankers, Container & Offshore vessels. His role is to audit and update the practical/operational component of the STCW Modular courses conducted by ADU. He will be a part of the team handling the academic queries by email. Before joining ADU, he was the Director – Technical & Offshore Services at SCI.

Chief Engr. D. Murugaiyan

A Chief Engineer with 4 decades of sailing experience in Chemical Tankers. He has sailed with the latest ships and is considered as an expert in Tanker operations. He has developed courses on Hazardous Material which are widely used by the sailors in the USA. He will be a part of the team handling the academic queries by the students undergoing Tanker courses.

Capt. Mazumdar

Capt. Mazumdar has had a distinguished track record as a Master mariner, both with command responsibilities on board as well in shore based leadership roles. He is a specialist in Gas carrier. He spent 14 years in senior positions in managing Gas Carrier for leading shipping companies in India and in the Middle East. He is an alumnus of T.S. Rajendra.

Chief Engr. V.M.Nandakumar

A Chief Engineer with long experience in Oil Tankers. His experience in all types of Oil Tankers including OBO vessels and VLCC using new technology and the latest engines from MAN- B&W, Sulzer, and Wartsila RT-Flex, will help students in deepening their knowledge about latest engines and their operation and maintenance on board.

Capt. Ganeshyam

Capt. Ganeshyam has had a very distinguished career as a master mariner. After 25 years of sailing, he served the Oil and Gas industry onshore in leadership positions. His passion for Maritime Training and Education made him switch over to academia and for more than a decade he is a guiding force in redefining the way the mariners are being trained in India.