Fisheries College to publish textbooks, teaching manuals

Staff Reporter

Initiative to disseminate latest research findings

The textbooks will contain the latest research findingsManuals to be published on value-addition

Tuticorin: The Fisheries College and Research Institute (FCRI), a constituent of the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, will publish a wide array of textbooks and teaching manuals over the next few years, as part of the fisheries education, research and extension programmes.

Speaking to The Hindu , Ramasamy Santhanam, Dean, FCRI, said plans were afoot to publish textbooks on fish biotechnology, disease and health management, new fisheries products and fish feeds - the areas in which not many authentic textbooks are available.

The textbooks would contain the latest research findings that would benefit both students and professionals.

He said the institute would also publish `extension manuals,' in Tamil, on the niche segments such as ornamental fish culture and value-added fish products to help the unemployed women and youth start fisheries enterprises/processing units. He said the institute had so far published 10 textbooks, 31 teaching manuals and 20 training manuals in English, besides 27 extension books and 30 pamphlets in Tamil, since 1987, when its first textbook, "Phytoplankton of Indian Seas" was published.

``It's so far the highest number of publications by a fisheries college among the 13 such colleges across the country,'' he added.

According to Dr. Santhanam, the textbooks on shrimp health management, finfish biology, marine zooplankton and freshwater aquaculture, published by the institute, were being used by other fisheries colleges and universities.

The teaching manuals, which have been published since 1996, were aimed at helping the students prepare for university and competitive examinations.

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