KOCHI: The Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (Kufos) has decided to join hands with the Export Inspection Council of India (EIC), under the Union Ministry of Commerce, for ensuring employment for its students.
Under the scheme, training will be imparted to students in value-added production, food processing, fish processing and aqua-culture.
As per the terms of the agreement between the Kufos and the EIC, 20 students who successfully complete Bachelors and Masters programmes in Fisheries Science (BFsC and MFSc) will get an opportunity to take up the post of trainee with monthly remuneration not less than `15,000. Those selected for the programme will be subjected to six months direct training under the EIC and six months training in other recognised organisations. students who complete the training will be certified as ‘technologists.’
Delhi-based EIC is a Central Government agency that checks the quality of products exported from India. Under the scheme, students will get the opportunity to work in the modern labs of the EIC, while pursuing the course.
The decision to cooperate with the EIC was taken at a meeting of Kufos registrar V M Victor George and EIC director S K Saxena. All-India Seafood Exporters’ Association-Kerala Chapter president, Kufos governing council member Alex K Nainan and Export Inspection Agency-Kochi deputy director Jayapalan G were also present at the meeting. “The EIC has decided to join hands with the Kufos as there is a huge dearth of professionals for quality checking,” said Saxena.