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Skill Development course in Aquaculture at NIO
CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography has launched skill development courses in Aquaculture Technology with an aim to address the growing demand for the need of skilled workforce and to provide employment opportunities for youth of the country.
The skill development centre in Aquaculture technology was inaugurated by Dr. S. Ayyappan, NABARD Chair Professor and the former Secretary of the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) of the Ministry of Agriculture of India and Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Under the program, it is proposed to conduct four courses initially with Job Roles/Qualification Packs (i) Aquaculture Technician (ii) Aquatic Microbiology Assistant (iii) Aquaculture Worker (iv) Brackishwater Aquaculture Farmer. CSIR-NIO is in the process of documentation for affiliation and accreditation with Agriculture Skill Council of India. The central theme of the courses is skill development for unemployed youth with an overall objective to impart hands-on-training in different fields of aquaculture technologies. Persons attending the courses are going to solve many theoretical/practical tasks during the course, and will after completion be awarded with either a Certificate describing the content of the course and how each participant were able to solve the tasks.
The candidates after undergoing the training will have the employment opportunities in the areas
Fish Breeder, Hatchery manager, Farm technician, Hatchery technician, Feed Technician, Water system technician, Skilled farmers. The course will cater to various sectors including government bodies such as
National Fisheries development Board, Marine Product Export Development Authority (MPEDA), Fisheries survey of India (FSI), Fish Farmers Development Agencies (FFDA), Coastal Aquaculture Authority (CAA), Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), State Fisheries Departments, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying, and Fisheries(DAHDF), Fisheries Colleges, Agriculture Research Stations, Krishi Vigyana Kedra (KVK), State Research institutions, Public Display aquariums; as well as Private Sector, Academics institute, as well as Entrepreneurship in ornamental fish culture, aquaculture, hatchery and seed production, commercial pearl oyster production, Fish disease diagnostic centre, consultancy services, and establishment of Aqua- clinics; and ancillary services in aqua feed preparation, fish oil antibiotic and aqua drug supply, preservation and marketing of sea products.
Sustainable utilisation of land and water resources is vital if developing countries with large populations are to ensure nutritional and livelihood security for its people. Aquaculture is currently the fastest growing food-producing sector, now accounts for nearly 50% of the world's food fish and is perceived as having the greatest potential to meet the growing demand for aquatic food. Given the projected population growth over the next two decades, it is estimated that at least an additional 40 million tonnes of aquatic food will be required by 2030 to maintain the current per capita consumption.
India has emerged as a major fisheries and aquaculture country in the world contributing to ~5% Agri GDP, 10% of Agri-exports and providing livelihood for 14 million people. The development of human resources, both in quality and quantity, is pivotal to sustaining the aquaculture industry in the new millennium. In wake of globalization, liberation & privatization, flow of technologies has increased, fisheries & aquaculture sectors are also transforming into industry at a faster pace. Therefore, there is demand for knowledgeable and skilled human resource for the development of standard products and services in the sector. The skilled workforce/human resource need to be prepared through Vocational Education & Training system.
The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) has been contributing significantly to the progress of Scientific and Technological development of the country, the Council has also been making humble contributions in developing high quality Human Resource through its academic and industry linked training programmes. In the process, it has built for itself an excellent reputation nationally and globally for its outstanding all round efforts. Emphasizing that our country's progress and Economic development are closely linked to demographic dividend - i.e. Human Resource - the Government of India has mounted a major flagship programme on "Skill Development". In tune with the Government Policy, CSIR in its Platinum Jubilee Year proposes to mount a major programme on- CSIR Integrated Skill Initiative. CSIR with its 8000 highly talented S&T personnel with excellent interdisciplinary expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and pan India presence shall be in a unique position to contribute to the Government efforts.
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