The Union Minister of Shipping, Shri G.K. Vasan informed the Rajya Sabha today in a written reply to a question that the Indian Maritime University (IMU) commenced its new Extension Centre at Kandla, Gujarat on 22.08.2011. The said Centre is conducting pre-sea maritime training courses in the engineering and nautical disciplines. Kandla Port Trust is providing a fully furnished campus including residential accommodation for students free of cost for three years. This Extension Centre is offering DNS (Diploma in Nautical Science) Course from August 2011. There is 100% pass out in the first batch. The second batch of DNS Course has also commenced.