Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai

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Why Study in Central Institute of Fisheries Education

ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Education (CIFE) is a leading Fisheries University having a distinguished heritage and has nurtured many illustrious scholars and leaders over the years. In over 50 years of existence, CIFE has emerged as a centre of excellence for higher education in fisheries and allied disciplines. The Institute was established on 6th June 1961, under the Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India with assistance from FAO/UNDP. It came under the administrative control of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) on 16th April 1979 and subsequently, the scope and mandate have been widened to include education, research and extension.

Recognizing the pivotal role played by CIFE in human resources development in fisheries, the institute was conferred the status of Deemed-to-be-University on 29th March 1989. Encouraged by the new status, the University grew by leaps and bounds. Building professional capabilities and competencies of more than 4000 State fisheries extension and development personnel since 1961, the emphasis has always been on quality education. Now CIFE is a knowledge powerhouse and a brand name in fisheries higher education.

From a modest beginning in 1961, CIFE is now located in a new campus with state-of-the-art facilities and is looking forward to the future with great optimism and excitement. As a leading university, CIFE seeks to innovate and adopt best practices in educational and research programmes that prepare students to be leaders in the respective domains. CIFE has created an ecosystem of teaching and research excellence making it a preferred destination of students. The breadth of disciplines and collaboration among constituent institutions give unparallel opportunity to students to cross departmental boundaries and explore different horizons.

The University has two campuses one at Yaari Road and another close by at Seven Bungalows, in Mumbai. The new Yari road campus (three floors and basement) houses scientific divisions, chambers of the Director and Joint Director, Academic and Accounts sections, Conference hall, Community hall, Aquarium, Examination and Academic cells, Library building, Staff quarters and Ladies hostel etc. Wet labs, ponds and hatcheries are also developed in Yari road campus. The old campus at Seven Bungalows houses three divisions, laboratories, classrooms, computer cell, committee room, auditorium, workshop and museum. These two campuses are a kilometer apart from each other at Versova. The University with its headquarters at Mumbai has four centres at Kolkata (West Bengal), Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh), Powerkheda (Madhya Pradesh) and Rohtak (Haryana) near Delhi. The Institute’s field facilities include 20 ha Freshwater Fish Farm at Powerkheda (Madhya Pradesh); 9.0 ha Freshwater Fish Farm at Balabhadrapuram (Andhra Pradesh); 7.5 ha Brackishwater Fish Farm at Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh), 4 ha Freshwater Fish Farm and 10 ha Ground Saline Water Farm at Rohtak for training and research in aquaculture. The Institute has two training-cum-research vessels viz.: M.F.V. Saraswati (36 m OAL) and M.F.V. Narmada (11 m OAL) for training and research in marine fisheries.

The “National Library for Fisheries and Allied Sciences” at CIFE is housed in an expansive area and provides a serene setting for literature search and reading. It has a rich collection of books, journals and online databases. An Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) provides information about all the available publications. The library has a collection of about 35,000 books along with 135 e-books and subscribes about a hundred foreign and Indian journals. The digital section of the library is equipped with 28 computer terminals connected to LAN and internet. The ongoing NAIP project “e-GRANTH” aims to digitize the in-house publications and to connect different libraries of ICAR and State Agricultural Universities.

All class rooms are equipped with modern audio visual aids. The laboratories have advanced facilities for providing effective learning environment. A campus wide LAN facility provides round the clock internet service with high speed broadband connectivity. CIFE has a modern auditorium, conference hall, committee room equipped with the latest audio visual equipment for hosting seminars, conferences and cultural functions. Video conferencing facility connects CIFE and its centres with several academic institutions across India and the world making seamless real-time interaction possible.

Recent Research Achievements

  • Research Breakthrough: commercial farming of tiger shrimp (P. monodon) using inland saline water has been developed by CIFE - first of its kind in the aquaculture domain
  • Commercial scale farming of pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) using inland saline water in farmers ponds in Haryana
  • Seed production of giant freshwater prawn (M. rosenbergii) using inland ground saline water
  • Ready to eat fish products like fish sausages and fish paneer
  • Developed a prototype of a water treatment device based on electro-adsorption principle for a chlorination /dechlorination free decontamination of water (Patent filed)
  • Development, standardization and application of quantitative real-time PCR for different shrimp viruses (WSSV, IHHNV, MBV and HPV) and M. rosenbergii (MrNV) and extra small virus (XSV)
  • Produced monoclonal antibodies against M. rosenbergii (MrNV) and extra small virus (XSV) and developed immunodiagnostics to MrNV
  • Developed DNA vaccine construct against Edwardsiella tarda which expresses DNA antigen against E. tarda and interferon gamma gene of Labeo rohita
  • Development of RNAi-based vaccine for white spot syndrome virus of shrimp
  • DNA barcodes were developed for fishes representing Perciformes, Pleuronectiformes, Scorpaeniformes, Siluriformes and Tetraodontiformes
  • Development of transgenic zebrafish that expresses red fluorescent protein on exposure to heavy metals
  • Development of bacterial biosensors that sense toxic levels of Cd, Zn, Pb and Hg ions
  • Identification of bacterial isolates that are capable of degrading lignocellulosic materials
  • Developed bacterial fertilizers for Brackishwater aquaculture
  • Isolation of phosphate mobilizing bacteria from inland saline resources
  • Documentation of ITKs in fisheries sector
  • Development of policy framework for fisheries and aquaculture development in India
  • New research initiative in the area of radio-ecology in fisheries. A fully functional National Center on Aquatic Radioecology (one of its kind in India) has been developed with funding support from BRNS, Mumbai
  • Seven Patents, one copyright, one trademark and 377 research publications in high impact factor journals in last five years (2009-2013).

Flagship Programmes

  • Inland Saline Aquaculture
  • Utilization and Conservation of Ornamental Fish Resources

National Network / Platforms

  • Network Project on Fish Health
  • Radio-ecological studies with Fisheries perspective
  • DNA Barcoding of Fish and Marine Life
  • Nano Technology
  • Disease Surveillence
  • HRD in Molecular Biology

Disclaimer: The information provided here is best to our knowledge. We do not guarantee the aptness of information. We would recommend to verify the information from Institute’s website as there could be changes from time to time. The above information is for information of students community in large and does not mean that we provide management quota admission in this College.

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