School of Fisheries
The school supports students in developing their competency in Water Quality Management, Fish Health Management, Feed Management, Aquatic Environmental Management, and Fish Processing Technology, through skill-based learning. It has dedicated units such as 21 fishponds, fish feed mill, Biofloc unit, ornamental unit, aquaponic unit, Chinese circular hatcheries, fish processing unit, RAS system and dedicated laboratories. Students get hands-on practices for navigating trawlers, net webbing and repairing, preparation of value-added fish products, through various academic partners such as ICAR-CIFA, ICAR-CIWA, ICAR-CMFRI, NIPHATT, ICAR-CIFT, Growel Feeds, Tata Rallies, and many other fisheries institutes and companies. The school is also committed to use IoTs for developing smart intensive aquaculture for commercial production of fishes in earthen and RAS Units. In order to develop entrepreneurial skills among its peers, it has also developed two domain courses (Intensive Aquaculture and Fish Processing Technology) where students practice the methodologies adopted in aqua/processing industries.
The School of Fisheries contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals of Life Below Water, No Poverty, No Hunger, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action and Partnerships to achieve the Goal. The School of Fisheries organises several training programs for fish farmers wherein scientific knowledge related to fish farming, new and advanced technologies in fish culture, post-harvest technologies and value added fish products is imparted. Further, community outreach programs for safe and sustainable fisheries is promoted through ‘Kisan Mela’s’ (Farmers Fairs). Recognising that fish farming can be integrated into the existing farms to create additional income and improve its water management, the School of Fisheries highlights the theme “Blue Economy: Better farming for better lives”, emphasizing sustainable and resilient technology interventions to increase fish production, thereby increasing job opportunities and reducing poverty and hunger. Fish health surveillance is undertaken at nearby community ponds and tanks reservoir to assess the state of the stock and for the prevention of antibiotics and chemical applications in ponds and reservoirs. Fisherfolk are also educated about good practices such as negative impacts of overfishing, unregulated fishing, destructive fishing, blast fishing, bottom trawling, and cyanide fishing. Several awareness programs on conservation and sustainable utilisation of the oceans were conducted. Sustainable maintenance of ecosystems and their biodiversity is pursued through various breeding programs and sustainable fishing practices. Fish waste and by-product valorization has been identified to augment incomes of fish farmers.