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REPORT ON FOURTH MEETING OF RESEARCH COUNCIL OF
TAMIL NADU Dr. J. JAYALALITHAA FISHERIES UNIVERSITY

The 4th Meeting of Research Council of Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Fisheries University was conducted at the Conference Hall of ARTP, TNJFU Madhavaram Campus, Chennai on 02.08.2018 under the Chairmanship of Prof. S. Felix, Vice-Chancellor, TNJFU. The University Officers, nominated Heads of Research Centers & Heads of the Departments, and the following nominated Experts, Progressive Entrepreneurs, Officials from funding agencies, and Principal Investigators of the identified projects were present in the meeting.

Experts

  • Dr. A. Ramadass, Scientist E & Head, Deep-sea Technology Division, National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai.
  • Dr. V. Arul, Professor & Head, Dept. of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University, Pudhucherry.

Officials From Funding Agencies

  • Dr. K.R. Jahanmohan, Head, Agriculture Policy and Planning Division, State Planning Commission, Chennai.
  • Dr. T.S. Viswanath, Senior Technical Executive, National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad.

Progressive Entrepreneurs

  • Dr. M. Rajalekshmi, Director (Research and Development), Kemin Aquascience, Kemin Industries South Asia Pvt. Ltd., Chennai.
  • Mrs. Emily Surjith Titus, Educationist, Chennai.

Nominated Professors

  • Dr. D. Manikandavelu, Prof. & Head, Dept. of Aquatic Environment Management, TN Dr. MGR FC & RI, Ponneri.
  • Dr. R. Jeya Shakila, Prof. & Head, Dept. of Fish Quality Assurance and Management, FC & RI, Thoothukudi.

Prof. G. Jeyasekaran, Director of Research and Member Secretary, Research Council welcomed the gathering and thanked the Vice-Chancellor for his valuable guidance. The Director briefly explained the role of the Research Council and requested the experts and the other invitees to actively participate and provide suggestions to strengthen the research activities of the University.

Prof. S. Felix, Vice-Chancellor and Chairman, Research Council, inaugurated the Research Council Meeting by stressing the importance of research council in orienting the staff towards research. The Vice-Chancellor highlighted the activities of the University with different constituent units in the State of Tamil Nadu with particular reference to ranking of the University.

Different research based Awards were given to the faculty members, research students for various research achievements in the research council meeting. This is the first time, such awards were conferred on the faculty and students. They are given as mentioned below:

  • TNJFU Best Researcher Award – Prof. R. Jeya Shakila, Head, Dept. of Fish Quality Assurance and Management, FC & RI, Thoothukudi.
  • TNJFU Best Research Paper Award – Ms. Lidiya Wilwet, Dept. of Fish Quality Assurance and Management, FC & RI, Thoothukudi (Guide: Prof. G. Jeyasekaran).
  • TNJFU Appreciation Award for Research Paper- Ms. Reshma Ramesh, Dept. of Fish Processing Technology, FC & RI, Thoothukudi (Prof. R. Jeya Shakila).
  • TNJFU Appreciation Award for Research Paper- Ms. Amala Shajeeva, Dept. of Fishing Technology & Fisheries Engineering, FC & RI, Thoothukudi (Prof. N. Neethiselvan).
  • TNJFU Appreciation Award for Research Paper- Mr. Arun Jenish, Dept. of Fishing Technology & Fisheries Engineering, FC & RI, Thoothukudi (Prof. N. Neethiselvan).
  • TNJFU Appreciation Award for Research Paper- Dr. Mogalekar, Dept. of Fisheries Biology & Resources Management, FC & RI, Thoothukudi (Prof. P. Jawahar).
  • TNJFU Appreciation Award for Research Project - Prof. R. Jeya Shakila, Head, Dept. of Fish Quality Assurance and Management, FC & RI, Thoothukudi.
  • TNJFU Appreciation Award for Research Project – Dr. V. Alamelu, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Fish Quality Assurance and Management, FC & RI, Thoothukudi.
  • TNJFU Appreciation Award for Research Project – Mrs. R. Shalini, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Fish Quality Assurance and Management, FC & RI, Thoothukudi.
  • TNJFU Appreciation Award for Research Project – Dr. P. Chidambaram, Assoc. Professor, Krishnagiri Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture, Barur, Krishnagiri District.
  • TNJFU Appreciation Award for Published Patents (3 Nos.) – Prof. S. Felix, Vice- Chancellor & his team.

Recommendations

  • Project proposal on Terrace farming of fish (on the model of aquaponics) shall be prepared by the faculty members of Aquaculture, and sent to State Planning Commission for funding under TANII.
  • The faculty members of College of Fisheries Engineering shall collaborate with NIOT, Chennai for designing cages suitable for the State of Tamil Nadu, and for development of auto feeders.
  • Project proposals on „Aqua One Centre‟ shall be prepared by all Colleges/ Centres/ Directorates of our University and sent to NFDB for funding.
  • Online courses need to be offered by all the Colleges/ Directorates.
  • The faculty members working on collagen shall collaborate with the faculty of Pondicherry University on characterizing the collagen and other smaller molecular components.
  • Project proposals shall be prepared on finding alternative protein sources such as ground nut meal, silk worm meal, etc. in fish/ shrimp feed, and submitted to funding by industries such as Kemin Industries through industrial collaboration.
  • The faculty members with Ph.D. degree shall necessarily operate the externally funded research projects. It should be made mandatory for promotions of teaching faculty.
  • The faculty members shall be given incentives, awards and appreciation certificates for bringing research projects, highly rated research publications, and commercialization of the technologies, and patents.

The Vice-Chancellor made the following points for implementation for improving the research activities of the University.

  • Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, and Professors should be assessed for promotions based on the R & D Projects they obtained (Asst. Prof. =1 No.; Assoc. Prof. = 2 Nos.; Prof. = 3 Nos.).
  • University Officers also need to have R & D Projects and must guide Ph.D. and PG students as they are the senior faculty members capable of bringing projects to the University.
  • Suitable Amendments have to be made in the ASSR accordingly to include the above suggestions.

The Director of Research, Prof. G. Jeyasekaran proposed the vote of thanks to the experts, scientists, farmers & processors specialists, university officers, principal investigators and other faculty members at the end of the fourth meeting of Research Council of the University.