ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Education (CIFE), Mumbai, the premier organisation in India involved in human resources development in the field of fisheries and aquaculture, celebrated its 15th convocation Saturday.
Addressing the convocation ceremony, Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Parshottam Rupala congratulated all the students of ICAR-CIFE graduating with Masters and Doctoral degrees in various disciplines of fisheries science. He also congratulated those students who have secured university medals for their outstanding academic performances. The minister in his address emphasised the role of fisheries institution in making fisheries sustainable in India and doubling the farmers’ income which can be achieved by integration of fisheries into the existing farming systems of crops and livestock.
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Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ravishankar CN, Director and Vice Chancellor, ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Education (CIFE), in his welcome address, highlighted the salient academic and research achievements of the institute. He also underlined the research and thrust areas and the achievements in the flagship programmes taken up and new academic initiatives undertaken by the institute.
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Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Director-General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in his convocation address emphasised the importance of fisheries for food and nutritional security and underlined the role of young graduates to achieve this goal. He urged the students to work towards the goal of bringing in a blue revolution in the country and to double the farmers’ income. He also stressed upon the need for entrepreneurship development to make the graduates as ‘job providers’ rather than ‘job seekers.
During the convocation, former Director of CIFE, Dr. Dilip Kumar was awarded honorary degree of D.Sc. 230 M.F.Sc. and 91 Ph.D. degrees were awarded besides presenting 45 gold medals to meritorious students.