KOCHI: The Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (KUFOS) has recognised four new institutions as its approved research centres, expanding the network.
The newly approved institutions are the Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training (CIFNET), Kochi; St Paul’s College, Kalamassery; Nansen Environmental Research Centre India (NERCI) and the Sreenarayana Gurukulam College of Engineering (SNGCE), Kadayiruppu.
The decision to approve the institutions was taken by the governing council of the University, considering the extensive research activities being carried out by them in fisheries, ocean studies and the allied sectors.KUFOS, in May this year, had invited applications from research institutions in the State, both public and private, for partnership. Before recognising the four institutions, the university authorities reviewed their facilities.“In the next stage, we will recognise more institution, after reviewing their facilities. KUFOS recognises institutions that conduct research in fisheries, ocean studies and the allied sectors, subject to fulfillment of the university norms,” said KUFOS Vice-chancellor B Madhusoodana Kurup.
Once recognised, the research institutes will be eligible to offer PhD programmes under the KUFOS, which currently offers PhD programmes in Fisheries; Ocean Science and Technology; Ocean Engineering; Climate Change and Aquatic Ecosystem; and Management, Humanities and Social Science.The university recently opened eight new research centres for finding solutions to the issues plaguing the fisheries sector and for tapping the full potential of the sector.
The major research establishments under the university include the Centre for Bio-active Substances; Centre for Inland Fisheries Database focuses; Centre for Taxonomy of Aquatic Animals; Centre for Mangrove Research/Seed Production Centre for Aquaculture Genetics and Biotechnology; Centre for Nutritional Research Feed Formulation and Standardisation/Enforcement of Feed Quality and the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge of Traditional Fisherfolk.