Nearly 224 students, who graduated from the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), received their degrees at the convocation held here on Friday.
Fisheries Minister K. Babu, who is the Pro-Chancellor of the varsity, conferred the degrees on students and presented medals to the rank holders.
The Minister said the government would create innovative research-oriented employment opportunities to attract professionals graduating from fisheries institutions in the State.
He said skilled human resource would be utilised effectively to improve the fisheries sector in the State.
The Minister also pointed out that the government would implement research and development programmes in the sector.
The Fisheries Department would seek the technical support of KUFOS to boost inland aquaculture in the State, he said.
Indian Council of Agricultural Research Deputy Director J.K. Jena, in his convocation address, said there was a need to give greater focus to the development of entrepreneurship programmes in modern aquaculture, value addition and other emerging areas.
University Vice Chancellor B. Madhusoodana Kurup and Pro-Vice Chancellor K. Padmakumar were among those who attended the convocation.