Karnataka Fisheries College moots proposal for University

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The proposal for a separate Karnataka Fisheries University was made at a review meeting chaired by Minister for Fisheries Kota Srnivasa Poojary on Tuesday

The management of the Fisheries College at Mangaluru, which has completed 51 years, has submitted a proposal for upgrading the college into a university.

The proposal for a separate Karnataka Fisheries University was made at a review meeting chaired by Minister for Fisheries Kota Srnivasa Poojary on Tuesday, October 27. College Dean Dr Senthil Vel said that they will submit a detailed proposal in this regard.

At present, the Fisheries College comes under Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University. If the proposal is accepted then a separate Fisheries University will come into existence. At present, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have separate fisheries universities.

Under this proposal, the state government will establish four colleges of fisheries at Karwar, Vijayapura, Shivamogga and Udupi and the CoF will be upgraded into a university, the minister was quoted by Times of India as saying.

Setting up of a dedicated university is the only means to ensure availability of professional manpower to deal with the myriad issues that the fisheries sector poses, Poojari said. The university will also give a fillip to academic research, he noted.

Karnataka has the second largest water front among coastal states and yet languishes in 9th or 10th position in terms of fisheries production. “This is due to the fact that there is a dearth of skilled professionals who can take forward the work in the fisheries sector,” said Senthil. Even the majority of 30-35 students admitted to UG programmes are from outside Karnataka, he said.

Karnataka in general and the coastal city of Mangaluru in particular had the honour of seeing the second CoF in Asia set up at Yekkur here in 1960. However, since then, while other coastal states who have replicated this CoF venture have gone ahead to set up their own universities, the CoFs under these universities have spurred research in a big way. It is this research that is helping states such as Tamil Nadu thrive in the fisheries sector, he said (with inputs from UNI)

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