Training in hydrography had been conducted onboard surveying vessels or in the Unit. Kingdom until the establishment of a Hydrographic School at INS Angre, Bomabay in 1959. The first attempt to provide systematic training of Officers and Sailors in Hydrography began with the establishment of a Hydrographic training U. at Bombay (Now Mumbai) in 1959 and shift. to Cochin on October 21, 1961. For a short time, it operated from a temp facility provided in the gunnery school of the venduruthy. Subsequently formost of its remaining stay in Cochin it operated from the four rooms provided by the ND School.
The government saction for a permanent establishment in Cochin was obtain. in Apr 1965. Admiral J Cursetji, PVSM Chief of Naval staff formely inagurated the Hydrogaraphic School at Goa on 29 Nov 1978. Situated on the Picturesque Alpequeiros Hill at the scenic port town of Vasco-da-Gama, the school is idealy located for carry out training in the field of Hydrography.
The Mormugoa Harbour bay, the surrounding coast wtih cliffs and short streched of sandy beaches, all provide the ideal setting for particular training in Hydrography. It was fully equipped to meet the training requirement of various Naval officers, Sailors, Civilian from the Indian maritime states, Survey organisations, Major port trust, Ministry of shipping and transport, Survey launch pools, and other Hydrography surveying agencies within and outside india with a major UNDP aid. In 1980, the Hydrographic School was accorded the status of Regional training centre in Hydrographic survey for so. Asian region. The second wing of the Hydrographic school was completed in May 1981. In 1982 the schools Long H training programme and curriculum was recognised by the HO ( International Hydrographic Organisation) as a Category A course. This is the highest recogisatin of a Hydrograhic specialisation course by the highest International body on Hydrographic matters. In 1984, the Hydrographic shoo) was recognised as the regional Hydrgraphic training centre for Soth East Asian and African countries thus extending its reach to the Africa and the South East Asian shores. In 1997, the Hydrographic school was award. the Cat A Certification by IHO for offfering the Option II which deals with Industrial Offshore Surveying under Edition 7.0 of the standards of the IHO/FIG International Advisory Board. The school was the first in the world to offer this optional subject. The school was consequently re-designated as the National Hydrographic School in the light of the fact that it did provide training to Hydrographers from other National Maritime Organisations such as the Minor Port Survey Organisation, Port Trusts, Dredging Corporations of India, in land water ways Authority of India besides the Naval fraternity of Hydrographers from both within India and from aborad. In 1998, the Schools Cat A Long Hydrographic course, revalidated undet the adition 8.0 of the standards of the IHO/FIG international advisory board was affiliated to the goo university for the award of master degree in hydrographic survey to the Long Hydrographic Course. In 1999, the IHO/FIG International Advisory Board award. the CAT B ce.cations for Basic/free Hydrogrpahic Course conducted by the shoot, under Eddition 8.0 of the standards of IHO/FIG International Advisory Board. Thus both the proffessional Offciers Courses conducted by the school had IHO recognisation by the year 1999. In the year 2000, the school was award. the ISO 9001 certification. Three corses are being offfered to the students of the littoral countries of the Indian Ocean rim.
Since 1978, the Institute train. about 370 Indian Naval Officer and over 230 Officers from Abroad till the year 2011. In 2005, the sailors course was affiliated to the Cochin University of Science and Technology for the Award of the Diploma in Hydrography on successful! completion of PO Q course. Since its commissioning this school continues to be proffeicient in training all categories of personnel involve in the field of the hydrographic surveying. This initiate has been specialy tailored for diffemt categories of perssonel from the Naional Hydrographic Departments, and other Maritime and Port Organisations, both from India and other Foreign countries. Due to its sole National Position in Hydrographic training and International nature, the school was recheisten. as National Instiute of Hydrography on 05 June 2009. Situated on the picturesque Alpequerious hill at Vasco-da-Gama, Goa, the Institute is idealy located for carrying out training in the field of Hydrography. Morumgoa Harbour Bay, the surrounding cliffy coast, short streches of sandy beaches all provide the ideal setup for Practical training in Hydrography. The National Institute of Hydrogaraphy has been in existence for over four decades and in its present permanent location for more then two decades. The Institute celbratses the Silver Junliee of its presence at Goa on 29th Nov 2003. Though the Instiute has grown in leaps and bounds in National and Intemational recognisations, the Institutes committed staff continues to strives in persue of Excellence. The Institute has a well stock Library catering to the proffesional needs and also other general inters. to imbibe good reading habits amongs the staff and trainees. The Library provides with interactive softwares for effect. e-administration. A large number of proffessional magazines/Joumals are subscribed by the library.