Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies aims to have 40 departments, 60 courses and 2,000 students by 2020, said Vice Chancellor B. Madhusoodana Kurup on Wednesday.
He was speaking at a press conference convened to announce the second convocation ceremony of the university on Friday. He also said that 10 new courses would be started during the next academic year. A five-year integrated M.Sc. course in Ocean studies and technology will be introduced next year, he added. The student strength at the university has gone up to 800 from the initial 120.
Degrees will be conferred on Friday on 224 students who have completed their various courses. Of them, 94 have completed their graduate studies; 128 have completed their post-graduation studies and two have been awarded doctoral degrees. The toppers in each of the courses will be given medals during the ceremonies. Fisheries Minister and Pro- Vice Chancellor of the university K. Babu will give away the awards and medals, the press release said. Former director general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research S. Ayappan will deliver the convocation address. The Vice Chancellor said that Kufos had made tremendous progress over the last five years in the academic fields. The progress is being made as per the Vision 2020 document. Student intake has increased from 53 to 328 per annum.