Good Food Policy

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Policy for Good Food

The University’s Good Food Policy is dedicated to promoting sustainable food systems on campus, in line with broader commitments to address the climate crisis and support the Sustainable Development Goals. “Good Food” here means food that is not only delicious and nutritious but also environmentally and socially responsible. This policy covers five key areas: Sourcing, Provision, Practice, Research & Learning, and Leadership & Culture.

In the area of Sourcing, the focus is on adopting environmentally sustainable practices. This includes partnering with local suppliers who adhere to high standards and promoting the use of seasonal ingredients.

Provision emphasizes the availability of healthy and sustainable food options. This encompasses offering choices such as quality meat, vegetarian, and vegan dishes, with nutritional information readily accessible.

Practice encourages efficient resource utilization, waste reduction, and fair work practices in the preparation and service of food.

Leadership & Culture seeks to foster transparency and partnerships within the community to ensure food quality and value.

The policy also ensures that food harvested from aquatic ecosystems on campus follows sustainable practices, aligning with the university’s commitment to responsible food sourcing and provision.

Events Promoting Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation of Water Bodies

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Events Promoting the Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation of Water Bodies

Conducting Educational Programs for Regional Communities

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14.3.1 focuses on the conservation and responsible use of our oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, and marine resources to achieve overall sustainable development. Centurion University of Technology and Management contributes significantly to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14.3.1 through various initiatives aimed at promoting the conservation and responsible utilization of oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, and marine resources.

Webinar on Sustainable Utilization of Natural Resources

One such initiative was a national webinar on the “Sustainable Utilization of Natural Resources.” The School of Fisheries and the Centre for Aquaculture and Fish Processing Technologies at Centurion University organized a webinar titled “Casting into the Future of Fisheries and Aquaculture” on June 23, 2021. The event featured discussions with experts, both nationally and internationally recognized, specializing in these fields.

The webinar received an overwhelming response in terms of registrations. Students, faculty members, farmers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and more registered in large numbers. A total of 1,173 participants registered for the program, including 884 students, 182 faculty members, 50 private entrepreneurs, and 57 aqua farmers. The event even attracted participants from foreign universities, signifying its broad impact and significance in promoting sustainable practices related to aquatic resources.

Organizing awareness event and cleaning campaign 

  1. Beach cleaning awareness programme

The School of Fisheries at Centurion University of Technology and Management undertakes a clean beach campaign each year with around 50 students, under the NSS camp on the occasion of World Ocean Day (08 June) and World Pollution Prevention Day (02 December) with a specific focus on preventing plastic pollution in the ocean (Bay of Bengal) adjacent to Palasa Beach, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The goal is to contribute to a healthier ocean and a more promising future.

The campaign commences with an awareness rally designed to educate the public about the importance of preserving our oceans. Its primary objective is to shed light on the issue of litter, especially plastic waste, in the Indian Ocean and other water bodies. The campaign uses practical actions to draw public attention to this issue.

During the campaign, the team segregates waste materials, including plastic items, damaged fishing gear, and broken glass remnants. These materials are sorted and properly disposed of in designated dustbins, ensuring safe and responsible management of waste. This ongoing initiative reflects the School of Fisheries’ commitment to environmental conservation and a cleaner, safer marine environment.

  1. Ongoing Conservation of Freshwater Fish Biodiversity in Ramsagar Reservoir

Ramsagar Reservoir, located in Odisha’s Gajapati district, is facing significant environmental deterioration and a concerning loss of native fish species. This issue demands immediate attention as it poses a serious threat to the well-being of the reservoir’s fish population. In response to this challenge, the School has initiated various programs to support local fish farmers and promote the restoration of the reservoir ecosystem.

One of the ongoing initiatives involves monthly weed clearance activities at the reservoir, in which students actively participate. Additionally, cast nets are employed regularly to remove any non-native species from the water, contributing to the preservation of the reservoir’s ecological balance.

Furthermore, the School has undertaken a biodiversity study focused on the reservoir. This study aims to document and understand the fish diversity in the area. These collective efforts underscore the School’s commitment to environmental conservation and the restoration of Ramsagar Reservoir’s ecosystem, as well as supporting the local fish farming community.

Webinar on Advancing Sustainable Aquaculture

The School of Fisheries at Centurion University of Technology and Management (CUTM) in Odisha hosted a webinar on “Technical Interventions on Sustainable Aquaculture” on June 29, 2022. This event aimed to provide insights into the current state of aquaculture development in freshwater, brackish water, and mariculture while promoting entrepreneurial skills among students. It featured prominent guest speakers from various ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) institutes.

Dr. Akshya Panigrahi, a Principal Scientist at ICAR-CIBA, discussed advancements in Crustacean culture, sustainable aquaculture, and various technologies such as biofloc systems and recirculating aquaculture. Dr. Ferosekhan, who specializes in catfish breeding, highlighted the potential for entrepreneurship in catfish farming and shared information about successful breeding techniques.

Dr. Ritesh Ranjan, a Senior Scientist from ICAR-CMFRI, addressed broodstock development and seed production of Indian Pompano and Grouper. He emphasized techniques for successful breeding, feeding, disease prevention, and strategies to enhance the survivability of these species.

Dr. A. K. Verma, Principal Scientist at ICAR-CIFE, discussed the integration of aquaculture and agriculture to enhance water productivity, especially in water-scarce regions. He explained the use of salt-tolerant fish varieties, aquaponics, and its various systems to grow fish and plants efficiently, contributing to farmers’ income.

The webinar attracted 95 participants from research organizations, central institutes, and state universities. It was conducted in a hybrid mode, with a welcome address by Dr. Anita Patra, Registrar of CUTM. The lectures were followed by discussions between experts and participants, fostering knowledge sharing and interaction.

The session served its objective by providing scientific insights into aquaculture management, developing professional skills for entrepreneurs and stakeholders, and encouraging the cultivation of native species to reduce reliance on single-species farming. The various technologies and techniques discussed in the session, from biofloc systems to aquaponics, have the potential to revolutionize the aquaculture industry and make it more sustainable.

Overall, the webinar provided valuable information and a platform for experts, students, and enthusiasts to exchange ideas and knowledge about sustainable aquaculture, contributing to the growth of this crucial industry.

Fishing Practices Educational Programmes

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Raising Awareness on Sustainable Fishing Practices

Centurion University of Technology and Management, as part of its dedication to sustainable fisheries and protecting the environment, actively conducts educational outreach efforts for local and national communities since 2017-18. These initiatives aim to educate people about the problems of overfishing, illegal and unreported fishing, and harmful fishing methods.

Students from the school work closely with local fish farmers, guiding them on the best ways to manage fisheries as part of their overall development.

Fishing Camps

Additionally, the University arranges camps where students interact with local communities, especially fishermen. These camps are a way to teach the local fishermen about the bad effects of overfishing, unregulated fishing, and harmful practices like blast fishing and bottom trawling. They also talk about the dangers of using cyanide in fishing. The faculty also takes part in these interactions, answering questions and discussing how to add value to less valuable fish and why it’s important to have fishing breaks during certain times.

Preserving Mangroves for Sustainable Fisheries

Furthermore, the University organizes programs to raise awareness among regional fishermen, with a focus on saving important ecosystems.

For example, Odisha’s Bhitarkanika Indian Wildlife Sanctuary stands as the second largest mangrove habitat in India, sprawling across a vast 672 sq. km area. Located near the Bay of Bengal, the region’s soil is rich in salts and minerals, fostering a flourishing tropical and subtropical ecosystem. Within Bhitarkanika Sanctuary, endangered saltwater crocodiles find a safe haven, utilizing the area as a vital breeding ground. Along its eastern edge lies Gahirmatha Beach, boasting the world’s largest colony of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. This sanctuary’s core region has been designated as a National Park, spanning 145 square kilometers and serving as a sanctuary of unparalleled biodiversity.

During our visits to Bhitarkanika, our students and faculty actively engage with the local community, particularly the youth and fishermen, sharing knowledge about the significance and conservation of mangroves and their diverse ecosystems. These interactions occur periodically, with our team reaching out to the locals once every two months, fostering awareness and understanding about the importance of preserving this unique habitat. This effort aims to highlight the significance of protecting these vital habitats and the creatures that rely on them.

These ongoing activities show the University’s commitment to spreading awareness and promoting responsible and sustainable fishing practices. They help in conserving aquatic ecosystems and preventing overfishing, illegal fishing, and harmful fishing practices. 

Sustainable Management Educational Programmes

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Empowering Communities through Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Education

Centurion University’s School of Fisheries is dedicated to educating and collaborating with local and national communities to promote the responsible management of fisheries, aquaculture, and tourism through diverse programs and events..

For instance, during the Gajajyoti festival on March 3, 2020, the School of Fisheries organized a Kisan Mela event. It invited local farmers to learn about modern fish farming techniques, emphasizing the importance of enhancing fish productivity. The event showcased models of cage culture, carp polyculture, fish specimens, fishing boats, aquariums, and fishery by-products. Approximately 500 farmers visited the stalls and gained valuable insights into sustainable methods such as aquaponics, biofloc technology, and cage farming, enabling them to adopt profitable and eco-friendly practices. This event significantly contributed to educating and motivating local farmers about sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.

In September 2021, the School of Fisheries collaborated with the Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) to conduct a two-day farmer training program. About 75 farmers participated in this program, which covered topics related to aquaculture and fish processing. The training offered hands-on experience in various aspects of fish farming, including ornamental fish culture, carp farming, aquarium construction, pre-stocking and post-stocking management, and fish processing. This initiative provided farmers with valuable insights into livelihood opportunities in fisheries and aquaculture, promoting sustainable practices within the local community.

Moreover, the School of Fisheries hosts webinars on various subjects related to sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. In June 2021, they organized a national webinar titled “Exploring the Future of Fisheries and Aquaculture.” This webinar featured renowned experts in the field and drew participants from various backgrounds, including students, farmers, stakeholders, faculty, and scientists from across India and other countries. More than 250 students, stakeholders and faculties from different universities joined the webinar. The webinar provided insights into the current state and emerging trends in fisheries and aquaculture, with a strong emphasis on sustainable development and practices.

Further, School of Fisheries has organised a one day Webinar on “Impact of Emerging Pollutants on Aquatic Organisms and Seafood Safety ” on the occasion of World Water Day, 22nd, March, 2022. The lead speaker for the webinar was Dr. R. Srinu, Assistant Professor, College of Fisheries Science, P.V. Narsimha Rao Telangana Veterinary University, Pebbair, Hyderabad, Telangana. where the lead speaker explained the impact of fish pollutants on the aquatic environment focusing on pollutant’s point and non-point sources, biomagnification in food-chain; seafood associated poisonings and seafood safety measures. Around 150 students and stakeholders joined the webinar.

On the occasion of World Environment Day (June 5th, 2022), the School has organized a webinar on “Sustainable and Holistic Approaches towards Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems”. The lead speaker was Dr. J.G.K. Pathan, Assistant Professor, College of Fishery Science, Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University, Nagpur. The lead points of discussion were on the degradation of aquatic ecosystems where experts shared their experience and opinions on designing restoration plans, Modern restoration strategies, Green Bridge Technologies, Monitoring after restoration and the challenges for aquatic ecosystem restoration. Around 200 students, scientific personalities and stakeholders joined the webinar.

Educational Programmes for the Community

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Sustainable Water Management and Fisheries Education at Centurion University

Centurion University is committed to addressing water-related challenges through its educational programs for the community, emphasizing sustainability, innovative technologies, and community engagement. In this regard, the University conducts various workshops and training programs .

Wastewater treatment workshops

One such workshop on microbial sewage water treatment was held in February 2022, shedding light on sustainable wastewater treatment methods. Additionally, a three-day training program on “Sewage Treatment Plant: Design, Operation & Maintenance” took place in March 2023. These initiatives aim to equip the community with the knowledge and skills needed for efficient water management.

Centurion University actively engages with local fishing communities to promote sustainable fishing practices. They have conducted awareness programs and surveys to understand the needs and challenges faced by fishermen.

National Fisheries Webinar: ‘Casting into the Future’

Furthermore, the university organized a national webinar titled “Casting into the Future of Fisheries and Aquaculture” in June 2021. This event, led by the School of Fisheries focused on discussing the current state and trends in fisheries and aquaculture. The goal was to explore sustainable ways to advance these practices to ensure nutritional security. Around 250+ students from different universities of the country participated.

The university’s students and faculty have interacted with local fishing communities, educating them on responsible fishing practices, including the negative impacts of overfishing and destructive techniques. They have also raised awareness about the importance of conserving mangroves and biodiversity in places like Bhitarkanika.

Moreover, CUTM offers various courses related to aquaculture, aquatic ecology, and fisheries science, providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to manage fisheries and aquatic resources sustainably. They also emphasize the importance of water quality management and data interpretation in aquaculture.

In terms of water pollution management, the university offers courses on aquatic pollution and fisheries policy and law. These courses equip students with the knowledge and tools to deal with aquatic pollution and understand the legal aspects of fisheries and aquaculture regulation. Students are encouraged to promote sustainability principles and share their expertise with end users through various outreach activities and events.

The School of Fisheries at CUTM actively promotes sustainable practices like zero water culture, organic aquaculture, and herbal medicine use, while discouraging the use of antibiotics. They organize conferences, workshops, and field visits to foster farmer training and participation in sustainable aquaculture practices.