Conduct Practicals Student Ready Program

Conduct of practical and hands-on training program

All UG and PG practical’s are conducted strictly in accordance with the ICAR Fourth Deans and BSMA syllabus respectively. The Fifth Deans syllabus for UG was implemented from the AY 2017–18. Practical for all UG/PG courses are aimed at equipping the students in all basic tools of the trade. The practical conducted by the Department of Fisheries Biology emphasize on making the students adept in fish identification, dissection for anatomical studies, food and feeding assays, stock assessment studies, and fisheries management tools. PG practical in the department also deal in advanced techniques of stock identification using conventional and molecular approaches, and DNA barcoding of fishes. In the Department of Aquaculture the students are provided practical exposure in fish and shellfish breeding and hatchery management, culture of live food organisms, disease diagnostics (both conventional and DNA-based), aqua feed formulations, and others. The PG students of the department also engage themselves in practical related to novel feed ingredients, new candidate species for aquaculture, and novel culture techniques such as aquaponics and biofloc culture. The Department of Fisheries Hydrography makes the students to master the techniques of water and soil analysis as envisaged for fish and shrimp farms. The students also work on estimating biodiversity of various aquatic habitats of regional and scientific importance. The Department of Fish Processing Technology and Microbiology exposes the students to varied hands on exposure to food microbiology techniques, preparation of various fish products, special products, by-products and others. The PG students of the department are also provided advanced experience in biochemical and textural profiling of fish and fishery products. The Fisheries Engineering department provides practical exposure on varied aspects related to fishing craft and gear design and manufacture. Thorough practical insights are also provided on navigation, seamanship, and aquaculture engineering aspects. The FRESE department provides excellent exposure to extension program planning and execution, dissemination of technologies, collection of socio-economic data, conduction of PRA techniques, benchmark surveys, case studies, and others.

The UG students of the VII and VIII Semester respectively undergo experiential learning and hands-on training programs. During the VII Semester, for the major part, the students undergo rigorous trainings in their respective departments as per their modules. However, the students are also made to undergo trainings in all other non-module departments during the semester with a view of providing them an all round exposure in the practical aspects related to all disciplines in fisheries. The VIII Semester sees the students obtaining hands-on training in the module of their choice in the form of a placement with the entities in his/her field of choice. These modules have been meticulously designed by the faculty in consultation with the aquaculture and fish processing industry.