Dr. Meera D. Ansal, Head, Department of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries, GADVASU joined as Dean of College of Fisheries on 15th September, 2020. After completing M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Zoology (Specialization: Fish & Fisheries) from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), she joined as Assistant Professor (Fisheries) in 1999 in Institute of Agriculture, Regional Centre of PAU at Gurdaspur. She has made significant contribution in teaching, research, extension and institutional development. She has guided 11 M.F.Sc./Ph.D students and taught more than 20 UG/PG courses. Under ICAR’s prestigious Niche Area of Excellence Project (2010-2015), she played an instrumental role in aquaculture development in inland salt affected waste areas of south west districts of the State and was conferred with 'Best Success Story' award by the Indian Ecological Society. She is now working to develop ‘Climate Smart Aquaculture Technologies’ viz., diversification involving intercropping with high value species, growth promoting & immuno-stimulating herbal supplements and brood stock management for enhanced aquaculture productivity, without any additional pressure on already depleting multiple use water/land resources.
Recently, she earned an R&D project entitled “Establishment of Capacity Building Resource Centre for Intensive Aquaculture Technologies in Punjab- Recirculatory and Biofloc Aquaculture Systems” with 100% funding of 1.39 crores under PMMSY Center Sector Scheme (CSS) of Department of Fisheries (DoF), Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying (MoFAHD), GOI, to promote intensive aquaculture technologies in the region. With 12 R&D projects and more than 200 publications including research papers, review articles, manuals, books, booklets, pamphlets and extension articles, to her credit, Dr. Meera has also been conferred with ‘Honorary Fellowship' of the Indian Ecological Society.