Address : Head of Department of Fisheries Resource Management, College of Fisheries, GADVASU, Ludhiana
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Brief Introduction :
Dr. Meera D. Ansal, Senior Scientist (Fisheries) took over the charge of Department of Fisheries Resource Management on October 14, 2015. She is actively involved in administration, teaching, research, extension and infrastructural development activities. As major advisor, she has guided 3 M.F.Sc. students and presently 3 M.F.Sc. and 2 Ph.D. students are working under her guidance. She is teaching over 10 UG/PG courses for the last 8 years. She has worked under ICAR’s prestigious Niche Area of Excellence Project –‘Inland Aquaculture in Punjab’ besides 2 RKVY projects and 1 project of Punjab State Farmers Commission and has significant research contributions, with special reference to development of inland saline water aquaculture technologies for salt affected waste logged waste lands in south west districts of Punjab, formulation of low cost carp feeds with non-conventional feed resources like duckweeds & Azolla, development of region specific Azolla culture technology for livestock feeding and recycling of waste water through duck weed based phyto-remediation technology. Presently under RKVY project “Cost evaluation and benefit assessment of fish farming in selected districts of Punjab”, she is actively involved (PI) in data base generation with respect to small, medium and large fish farmers from different districts of the State. She is also working on developing herbal based immune-stimulating fish feeds and has also earned an extra mural project of ICAR (Education) “Extension tools for strengthening technical support to fish farmers” in 2016. She has over 100 publications to her credit, including research papers, status/review articles, popular/extension articles, laboratory manual, training manuals, pamphlets etc. and has also authored a technical book on ‘‘Carp Culture’ for farmers and a University publication ‘Fisheries Development in Punjab – A Road Map’. Being an active extension worker she has conducted 6 training programs, delivered more than 150 radio talks/TV talks/expert lectures in fish farming, besides serving the Innovative Fish Farmers Association, GADVASU, as technical coordinator, for more than 5 years. She is life member of number of professional societies, referee of National/International journals and also has the honour of being in the screening panel of ASRB, ICAR, New Delhi. She was has been awarded with ‘Honorary Fellowship’ (Honorary Causa Fellow) of ‘The Indian Ecological Society’, Ludhiana for her remarkable contributions to The Indian Ecological Society as a life member/reviewer and development of aquaculture sector in the State, with special reference to inland saline water aquaculture. Success story on ‘Aquaculture in Inland Salt affected water logged areas in Punjab’ achieved under ICAR’s NAE project (2010-2015) and leadership of Dr. Asha Dhawan, Dean, College of Fisheries (PI), was awarded first prize during the recently held International Conference on ‘Natural Resource Management: Ecological Perspectives’, organized by the Indian Ecological society, Ludhiana in collaboration with Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology-Jammu (SKUAST-J) at SKUAST-J, Jammu from Feb 18-20, 2016, which has been replicated in 6 villages of two salt affected water logged districts (Fazilka and Sri Mukatsar Sahib) in Punjab. It has helped in uplifting the socio economic status of the affected debt ridden resource deficient farmers, through collaborative assistance from GADVASU (technological support) and the State government (financial support).