Naval Higher Command Course - 33 was inaugurated online by Shri Suhas Pednekar, Honourable Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai, on August 17, 2020. He lauded the efforts of the Naval War College (NWC), Goa, in embracing online format and at improving academic and military education standards. The 37-week flagship professional military education programme of the Indian Navy, conducted annually at the NWC, focusses on maritime strategy, naval and joint operations, and transformational issues. Vice Admiral AK Chawla, PVSM, AVSM, NM, VSM, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, in his keynote address to the course participants, delivered on video link, emphasised attaining professional excellence through creative learning. Rear Admiral Sanjay J Singh, AVSM, VSM, Commandant, Naval War College, welcomed the course participants and noted the high standards of academic rigour and intellectual capital generated at the NWC, with synthesis of academic and professional military education.
The course strength of 35 participants include 21 Captains from the Indian Navy, seven Colonels from the Indian Army, five Group Captains from the Indian Air Force and two Commandants from the Coast Guard. The course curriculum aims to invigorate intellectual quest through a rigorous regime of research work and critical thinking, for honing problem-solving skills related to maritime and national security issues. To foster jointmanship, the officers also undergo a five week Joint Operations Capsule at the Army War College, Mhow. Eligible course participants are awarded the M. Phil degree in ‘Defence and Strategic Studies’ from the University of Mumbai, on completion of the course.