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Certificate Courses, College of Fisheries, Ludhiana
(I) Certificate Course in Fish Hatchery Management
Skilled human resource is required for achieving optimized seed production targets in fi and shrimp hatcheries across the country. Against the national demand of 60000 million fry (seed), 39,261 million fish fry was produced by over 1700 hatcheries during 2017-18, leaving a gap of 20,739 million. Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojna (PMMSY) launched in 2020 by Department of Fisheries (DOF), Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying (MFAHD), Government of India (GOI), is also supporting this activity to promote self-employment among skilled aspiring candidates.
The course will provide professional competency to candidates for placement as hatchery managers or supervisors in government and private hatcheries, besides boosting entrepreneurial confidence for self-employment in fish seed production.
(II) Certificate Course in Aquarium Sciences
The ornamental fisheries sector is a fast-growing sector with ample scope of entrepreneurship development in Punjab and other north Indian states of the Country. Presently, the sector in the region is largely dependent on supplies from coastal states like West Bengal, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Odisha, etc. Hence, local production of potential species can serve as a much-needed filler to meet the regional demand, without long-distance transport hassles leading to stock /economic losses due to mortality.
The course will provide professional competency to candidates for placement as aquarium managers/ supervisors in government and private sector aqua-houses,aquariums or hatcheries, besides offering skills to take up entrepreneurship as an ornamental fish breeder, ornamental fish trader, aquarium fabricator cum maintenance service provider and aquarium (fish and accessories) wholesaler/ retailer.
(III) Certificate Course in Fish Processing Technology
Given the development of shrimp farming in inland saline areas of Punjab and adjoining inland states like Haryana and Rajasthan, the demand of skilled workers in the processing industry is going to increase not only in coastal states but also in Northwestern region of the country. With every 1 ha of shrimp farming development, about 30 livelihood opportunities are generated in backward (seed, feed, medicines, etc,) and forward (harvesting, marketing, trading, processing, etc.) linkages, where processing holds a major share. As per the latest estimates, India’s total fisheries production increased to 13.75 MMT during 2018-19, with an inland sector share of 9.58 MMT (69.67%) and export earnings of about Rs. 46,589 Cr. (shrimp share – over 65%).
The course will provide professional competency to candidates for placement as processors, processing managers/supervisors in the processing industry, besides inculcating entrepreneurial skills for self-employment in processing.
(IV) Certificate Course in Aqua-Clinics
With enhanced awareness about biosecurity, sustainability, and food safety concerns, more emphasis is being given to the concept of “Aqua-Clinics’ to provide continuous utility service in health management, especially to shrimp farmers, to prevent stock loss due to disease outbreak and produce an export quality product for higher economic gains.
The course will provide professional competency to candidates for placement as a lab technician, Lab Assistant or Lab Supervisor in public or private aqua-clinics, besides offering skills to take up aqua-clinics for self-employment.