School of Maritime Studies (SMS) was formerly known as Vels Academy of Maritime Education & Training (SMS)

School of Maritime Studies is an educational institution formed under the Vels Group of Institutions to offer comprehensive training in Nautical Science and Marine Engineering, encompassing all facets of technological advances in this field.

The Velís Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies (VISTAS) has been declared as a deemed to be University under section 3 of the University Grants Commission (UGC) by Ministry of Human resource Development, Department of higher Education, government of India, vide Notification, dated the 14th June, 2008.

VELS ACADEMY OF MARITIME EDUCATION & TRAINING has since been renamed as SCHOOL OF MARITIME STUDIES (SMS)

Hitherto the BSc (Nautical Science) course and Marine Engineering courses were conducted at two different campuses, the former at Pallavaram campus and the latter at Thalambur campus. On 2nd January 2012, for administrative convenience, BSC Nautical science course also was shifted to Thalambur campus and now all the Maritime courses are conducted at Thalambur campus.

The campus provides well-built class rooms, fully equipped laboratories, workshops, modern computer center and a well-stocked library comparable with the best available elsewhere. The management has also taken all efforts to build a team of committed teachers who form an integral part of the School in its growth.

The courses run by the School are fully residential in nature. The School has its own mess and the food provided is wholesome and tasty. The students enjoy our large spacious play grounds, gymnasium and recreational facilities. A swimming pool is available 12 km from the campus.