The College, as part of its Golden Jubilee (1994) started the Department of Aquaculture studies to meet the increasing demand for well-qualified and trained technical managers required by the aquaculture industry. Since its inception, the department has been offering postgraduate diploma in Aquaculture. M.Sc Aquaculture and Fish Processing, a four semester (two year) job oriented P.G course started in 2004. It is a self financing vocationalised course, in which the students are given on-the- job training in various sea food processing plants and aquaculture farms in order to equip them for employment as successful researchers, manager and supervisors. The post graduates of Aquaculture and Fish Processing will find suitable and attractive placements in research institutions, government agencies, shrimp/fish farms/ and fish processing centres in public and private sector. They are also given training in entrepreneurship to become self-employed.
The Department is also offering a three months certificate course on ‘Aquarium Science and ornamental fish culture’ for those who want to start ornamental fish farms/culture, from this year onwards. In addition to this, the Department is offering regular short term training programmes for those who are enthusiastic to become entrepreneurs/farmers/hatchery operators in ornamental fish culture as per their demand. The faculty consists of four regular members and eight scientists. It, being a multidisciplinary subject, specialists from National Research Institutes like Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, and National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Cochin also give classes on specialized areas.
Department of Aquaculture, on its commencement in the year 1994, offered a one year Post Graduate Diploma in Aquacultue till 2004. Afterwards, M.Sc. programme in Aquaculture and Fish Processing Technology was introduced in the year 2004 under M.G. University, Kottayam. The department is equipped with chemical laboratory, instrumentation laboratory, processing hall for handling and product preparation, experimental aquarium for multispecies ornamental fish and bioassay facilities. Internship in Fish Processing Factories and National Institutes are part of the programme.
Placements and Prospects
The scope of Research and Development work in the field of Aquaculture is extensive and as yet untapped. A number of post graduate research programmes are available throughout the country for furthering your knowledge in the field. The course also has an impressive record of 100% placement, with our students currently employed or engaged in research in various private and government bodies like,
1. National Institutes/Universities
2. Cochin University of Science and Technology – Lakeside campus, Ernakulam
3. Marine Products Export Development Authority, Ernakulam, Govt. of India.
4. National Institute of Fisheries Post Harvest Technology and training, Ernakulam,
5. Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, (ICAR, Govt. of India) Willingdon Island.
1. Biocon, Bangalore
2. Bhatsons Aquatic Product, Cochin
3. Chemmins, Cochin
4. Deep Sea Products, Cochin
5. Royal Oceans,Cochin
6. Safera Food International, Cochin
Annual Intake of Students :20
Eligibility Criteria: Graduates with 55% marks in any of the following subjects may seek admission to the course,
- B Sc Industrial Fish and Fisheries.
- B Sc Aquaculture
- B Sc Botany
- B Sc Zoology
- B Sc Life Sciences
- B Sc Fishery Science