Maritime Research Center
Enabling confluence of all Underwater Domain stakeholders

Who we are

About Maritime Research Center

The Maritime Research Center (MRC), Pune is a not-for-profit, Section 8 company registered with the Registrar of Companies (RoC), as Foundation for Underwater Domain Awareness. It serves as an inclusive platform for progressing the Underwater Domain Awareness (UDA) Framework and offers a convergence of key stakeholders connected with Maritime Security, Blue Economy, Marine Environment & Disaster Management and Research & Innovation. The comprehensive framework of UDA presented by MRC has been wholeheartedly embraced by key stakeholders for driving discourse and actionable initiatives.

About the comprehensive framework of UDA that has been presented by MRC.

Think Tank

Any new initiative requires a conducive policy environment to survive and thrive. Policy interventions have to be nuanced and inclusive based on the ground realities. The stakeholders and other associated entities need to synergize their efforts in a seamless manner. The UDA framework proposed by the MRC, encourages pooling of resources and synergizing of efforts across the stakeholders and policy makers.

Tech Tank

The tropical littoral waters of the Indo-Pacific Region present very unique challenges and opportunities. The technology intervention has to be a balanced mix of traditional knowledge and the state-of-the-art R&D inputs driven by innovation and Science & Technology tools. The UDA framework driven by the acoustic signal processing, underwater robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) based data analytics hardware and software.

Skill Tank

The challenges and opportunities in the UDA framework are massive and will require significant human resources to manage a safe, secure, sustainable growth model. Acoustic Capacity and Capability building is a major requirement backed by skill and knowledge based learning. Multi-disciplinary and multi-functional manpower with adequate and appropriate level of experience and learning will have to be ready to take on this responsibility.


To drive the Underwater Water Domain Awareness (UDA) Framework across stakeholders and policy makers for facilitating a safe, secure and sustainable growth model for the tropical littoral waters of the Indo-Pacific Region and beyond.


MRC is well positioned to fulfill the role as a nodal agency for policy and technology interventions as well as acoustic capacity & capability building requirements for all in the Indo-Pacific Strategic Space and beyond.


Dr. Cdr. Arnab Das (Founder)

A researcher, maritime strategist, technocrat and entrepreneur, Dr. (Cdr) Arnab Das is the founder and Director of Maritime Research Center (MRC), Pune and he personally drives all the initiatives. Dr. Das completed his Masters and PhD from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi while serving in the Indian Navy as a uniformed officer for two decades.

The Network of MRC Patrons

Any mission of such magnitude needs the brightest minds from allied domains to harness forces. MRC is proud to call upon the support of its very own network of mentors, advisors and experts who together guide policy level discourse and translates those into actionable insights and impactful projects for stakeholders.
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Governing Council

Cmde Rajan Vir (Retd)
Dr. (Col) Aswini Kr. Das
Dr. Cdr. Arnab Das
Shri. Praful Talera

Advisory Council

Shri. Shekhar Dutt

Former Governor of Chhattisgarh, Former Deputy NSA and Former Defence Secretary, Government of India

Lt Gen (Dr.) D B Shekatkar (Retd)

PVSM, AVSM, VSM Chairman, Shekatkar Committee and Strategic Defence Analyst

Amb Anup Mudgal (Retd)

Former Indian High Commissioner to Mauritius

Vice Admiral AR Karve (Retd)

PVSM, AVSM Former Flag Officer Commanding-in Chief Southern Naval Command

Vice Admiral DSP Varma (Retd)

PVSM, AVSM, VSM, Former DG ATVP (Technology)

Surg. Vice Admiral Ravi Karla

Director and Commandant of the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) (Public health & Safety)

MRC Organization Structure

Research Advisory Board

The Research Advisory Board is an honorary body comprising of experts with years of experience working in academic and industry circles. The RAB is crucial for taking forward the UDA initiative and providing guidance and strategic support to the research work conducted at MRC. By virtue of their knowledge and expertise the board members will be vital advisors for the existing research programs and help initiate new programs with the best – practice standards. The board convenes quarterly for research assessment and planning

Governing Council

Maritime Strategist with a Mission

Cmde Rajan Vir (Retd)

Foundation for Underwater Domain Awareness

Dr. (Col) Aswini Kr. Das

Director Foundation for UDA

Shri Praful Talera

Founder & Director Foundation for UDA

Dr. (Cdr) Arnab Das

Dr. Satheesh Shenoy

Former Director INCOIS Hyderabad

Prof Radhika Seshan

Former HOD Department of History SPPU

Dr Somen Banerjee

Former Senior Research Fellow at Vivekanand International Foundation 

Prof Varsha Kelkar Mane

HOD Bio-Technology Department University of Mumbai

Dr. R Vijay Kumar

Department of Ocean Engineering, IIT Chennai

Dr. Cdr. Arnab Das

Founder & Director of Maritime Research Center, Pune

Our Mentor


Lt Gen (Dr.) D B Shekatkar (Retd)


Amb Yogender Kumar


Himangshu Sekhar Das


Vice Admiral AR Karve (Retd


Dr. Satish Shenoy (PhD Tribology)

Our Advisory Panel


Vice Admiral SCS Bangara (Retd)


Vice Admiral DSP Varma (Retd)


Prof PSV Nataraj, IIT Bombay


Mr Praful Talera


Mr Vivek Menon, CEO WTI


Manoj Pochat

Associations with Industry

In translating thought into directed action, MRC is privileged to receive support from various National and International Missions as well as partners from Think Tanks, Industry, and Academia. MRC catalyzes industry relevant research that solves real world problems, incubates tech led innovations and enables adaptation into the various fields related to the UDA framework. Its engagement with academia and pedagogy further ensures sustained availability of human capital for specialized needs.

MRC is supported by M/S NirDhwani Technologies Pvt Ltd (NDT), as a start-up with niche capabilities in Acoustic Signal Processing Hardware & Software driven products and solutions. NDT has developed multiple innovative ideas to comprehensively support the UDA framework across all the dimensions. It undertakes turnkey solutions with extensive research based design & development projects and also field experimental support.

Associations with Experts

MRC has always been a pioneer in promoting and understanding the Underwater Domain Awareness (UDA) framework in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). MRC regularly hosts webinars and seminars, bringing together experts from around the world to further this initiative. This collaboration with industry-experienced professionals brings valuable knowledge and innovative ideas, significantly contributing to our mission. The list of all our Guest Speakers and Experts can be found below.

Resource Persons

Subject matter experts in whom we trust, to deliver holistic needs of your specialized projects and applications.

Cmde Somen Banerji
Strategic Security
Prof. Radhika Seshan
Maritime History
Prof. Varsha Kelkar Mane
Shri Praful Talera
Blue Economy
Dr. Pritam Banerji
Shipping, Ports & Waterways
Amb Anup Mudgal
Marine Spatial Planning
Dr. K K Mahapatra
Noise & Vibration (N&V)
Mr. Shridhar Prabhuraman
Dr. Satheesh Shenoy
Blue Economy
Dr. Swayamprabha Das
Climate Change
Rear Admiral S Y Srikhande
UDA from Strategic Perspective
Prof Anamika Barua
Blue Economy
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  • AI & ML
  • Blue Economy
  • Capacity Building
  • Climate Change
  • Coastal Ecosystem
  • Maritime History
  • Policy & Governance
  • Strategic Security
  • Water Policy & Governance
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