Visakhapatnam, Nov 3 (PTI) Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development, Dr D Purandeswari today said that maritime education needed more encouragement. Presenting M Tech degree course certificates to four students of Indian Maritime University here, she said a specialisation course in maritime education was very essential to meet the growing demand the world over. India provides about 6.3 percent of seafaring officers to international shipping sector, whereas China provides 10.4 percent, she pointed out. She also said that shipping tonnage of Indian ships was about ten million tonnes, which was between 1.1 to 1.2 percent of international shipping tonnage. The government vision document says that it must be increased to 30 million tonnes by 2020, she added. Vice-Chancellor of the Maritime University, Dr P Vijayan, said every year the varsity produced 1,400 graduates from its six campuses: Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, Cochin, Visakhaptnam and Kandla. University planned to introduce courses in maritime law soon. Andhra Pradesh Government had agreed to provide 105 acres of land to the university for a new campus in the Sabbavaram Mandal of the Visakhaptnam district, he said.