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Inauguration of 'Chola' Building at Naval War College, Goa: A Tribute to Maritime Legacy

Inauguration of ‘Chola’ Building at Naval War College, Goa: A Tribute to Maritime Legacy


Goa: In a significant stride towards modernizing defense infrastructure, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is set to inaugurate the state-of-the-art Admin-cum-Training building of the Naval War College in Goa on March 5, 2024. Named ‘Chola,’ the contemporary edifice pays homage to the formidable maritime empire of the Chola dynasty.

Originally established as the College of Naval Warfare at INS Karanja in 1988, the institution aimed to provide advanced professional military education to middle and senior-level officers of the Bharatiya Nausena. Renamed the Naval War College in 2010, it relocated to Goa in 2011. The college aspires to be a pre-eminent institution for higher military education, preparing officers for leadership at strategic and operational levels. It also hosts the Maritime Security Course, fostering collaboration among military officers from neighboring maritime nations, reflecting the vision of ‘SAGAR’ outlined by the Hon’ble Prime Minister.

The ‘Chola’ Building, designed for academic instruction, research, and wargaming, draws inspiration from the maritime prowess of the Chola dynasty. The central foyer showcases a captivating tiled mural depicting Rajendra Chola’s historic expedition to the Srivijaya Empire across the vast Indian Ocean in 1025 CE, connecting India’s maritime heritage to its present resurgence.

Constructed following GRIHA-III norms, the building integrates sustainability and energy efficiency into its core design philosophy. Key features include in-house utilization of excavated soil for environmental initiatives, rainwater harvesting with a capacity exceeding 10 lakh litres, 100KW solar power generation, and adherence to green building standards. Remarkably, the building coexists with a 100-year-old Banyan tree, symbolizing the harmonious blend of tradition and modernity.

Strategically positioned to overlook the colonial fort of the Portuguese at Reis Magos, the ‘Chola’ Building serves as a poignant reminder of India’s commitment to shedding colonial vestiges. This location embodies Chhatrapati Shivaji’s timeless belief in the significance of controlling the seas, encapsulated in the adage ‘Jalameva Yasya, Balameva Tasya’ – He who controls the sea is all powerful.

The inauguration of the ‘Chola’ Building marks a pivotal moment in the evolution of the Naval War College, reflecting India’s commitment to maritime excellence, sustainable development, and a strategic vision for a secure and inclusive Indian Ocean Region.

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