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In the forefront of fisheries education

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At the research laboratory of the School of Industrial Fisheries.

At the research laboratory of the School of Industrial Fisheries.  

The Department of Industrial Fisheries of the Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) was established in 1976 with the objective of training students to meet the growing demand for qualified personnel in the fisheries sector. It was later elevated as a School in 1995 in recognition of programmes undertaken by the department and the academic restructuring at the university level.

The School imparts training in various branches of fisheries science like aquaculture, fishery biology, capture fisheries, fishing technology, fish processing technology, fisheries economics and management.

The doctoral programme of the department began in 1979. Since then, nearly 400 M.Sc. and 50 Ph.D. students have passed out and the majority of them have found placements in fisheries research institutions, Government services, fish-processing plants, colleges and universities. A few among the school alumni have also found employment abroad in various managerial capacities.

The School offers consultancy services to the Government and non- Governmental organisations and industry. It has research facilities in branches such as hatchery technology of prawns and shrimps and aquaculture, capture fisheries, fish-processing technology, fishing craft and gear technology, fisheries economics and management. Currently the School is conducting M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes.

The M.Sc. programme is highly job-oriented. Industry majors also regularly choose students from the college through campus recruitment.

Like the M.Sc. programme, the Ph.D. programme is also interdisciplinary in character.

The School has also the capacity and expertise for conducting various fishery-training programmes, especially in hatchery and grow-out technology of prawn and shrimps, conservation and management of inland and marine fishery resources, impact assessment of various interventions in capture and ornamental fishery and management, seafood processing, and economics and management.

A multi-species prawn hatchery has been set up at the school and the students themselves are involved in tasks like breeding, rearing, feeding and harvesting. The hands-on training imparted in prawn hatchery technology is one of the unique features of the course offered by the School.

The students are also exposed to various aquacultural practices pertaining to shrimp hatchery technology and in-plant training in various seafood plants.

The basic qualification needed for admission to industrial fisheries is B.Sc. in zoology, botany, chemistry or BF.Sc. The recruitment is through a common admission test. The admission is based on CAT ranking and performance in the interview.

For Ph.D. programmes, a departmental test is conducted and candidates who secure 50 per cent marks in the written test will be called for the interview. The admission for the Ph.D. programme coincides with the CAT process.

Candidates should also get the consent of the supervising teacher before submitting the application form for admission.

The School plans to set up a Centre of Excellence for Advanced Training in Industrial Fisheries. It revised the curriculum of M.Sc. Industrial Fisheries in 1995 by incorporating the latest developments in the industry. Recently, it was restructured to a credit system. Now the students have the choice to select their own optional subjects.

The School maintains active links with national and international institutes in the fields of teaching and research. It also has a good rapport with the industry in India and abroad which is made good use of in securing placements for students.

The School is now set to specialise in sustainable aquaculture, ornamental fish breeding, food safety and security system and capacity building for public-private partnerships in fisheries management.

The School has international collaboration for research programmes with Wagenengen University, The Netherlands, Cantho University, Vietnam, and the University of Amsterdam.

K.S. SUDHI

Photo: H. Vibhu

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