An overview of the Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Fisheries University was presented by the Director of Research, TNFU. The importance of fisheries research was briefed by him in the overview. The DR has reported that 28 Projects with an outlay of Rs.4791.70 lakh sanctioned by various funding agencies of Government of India viz., Indian Council for Agricultural Research, New Delhi; Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi; Tamil Nadu Innovation Initiative Schemes, Government of Tamil Nadu; National Agricultural Development Programme, Government of Tamil Nadu; National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad, State Planning Commission; Tamil Nadu State Department of Environment; IAMWARM; and Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve Trust, Ramanathapuram through this Directorate were in operation during 2017-18. Four projects were exclusively funded by the Indian and Overseas industries under collaborative manner. The DR presented the list of projects operated under this Directorate during the year 2017-18. Faculties of TNJFU have been operating 28 University Research Projects in various campuses viz., FC & RI, Thoothukudi, TN Dr. M.G.R. FC & RI, Ponneri and CoFE, Nagapattinam. The outcomes of these projects have resulted in 146 research, technical and popular articles were published in National and International Peer-reviewed Journals and in Seminars/Conferences/Symposia; 2 published Patents, one filed Patent and 23 developed technologies/ products. The Director of Research listed the 23 technologies / products developed by the University and two numbers of applied patents and two numbers of published patents. The Director of Research also listed the Memorandum of Understandings (16 Nos.) made during 2017-18 with the International/ National Universities/ Institutes and Industries.
The Director of Research, TNJFU reported that new projects (11 Nos.) with an outlay of Rs.2030.45 lakh have been sanctioned by various funding agencies namely, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), National Agricultural Development Programme (NADP), National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), IAMWARM and Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission (TANII). The Director of Research listed the projects (9 Nos.) that were completed during 2017-18. Based on the direction of the Vice - Chancellor, the identified Principal Investigators of the completed projects presented the salient findings of the schemes before the Research Council. Prof. G. Jeyasekaran, Director of Research & Principal Investigator presented the findings of the completed research project entitled “Niche Area of Excellence in Fish Safety and Quality Assurance” funded by the ICAR, GOI, New Delhi.
The Director of Research listed the ongoing projects (16 Nos.) that are in operation during 2017-18. Based on the direction of the Vice-Chancellor, the identified Principal Investigators of the ongoing projects presented the salient findings of the projects before the Research Council. Prof. S. Felix, Vice-Chancellor & Principal Investigator presented the findings of the ongoing research project entitled “Healthy Shrimp and GIFT Tilapia production through Biofloc-based farming system: Development of Technology and Standard Operating Procedure” funded by the DBT, GOI, New Delhi. The findings of the NADP project “Farmed Pearl Spot (Etroplus suratensis) production as an alternative livelihood to promote brackishwater aquaculture entrepreneurship for fisheries of Pulicat lake” were presented by Mr. T.L.S. Samuel Moses, Asst. Professor & Co-Principal Investigator. Dr. C.B.T. Rajagopalsamy, Professor & Project Officer presented the salient achievements of the TANII Project “Establishment of Aquatic Rainbow Technology (Ornamental fish) Park”. Prof. R. Jeya Shakila, Principal Investigator has presented the findings of the collaborative research project entitled “Bio-prospecting for anti-osteoporotic collagen peptides derived from fish bones” funded by the DBT, GOI, New Delhi. The findings of the NADP project “Development of cost efficient feeds for enhancing freshwater fish production” was presented by the Principal Investigator, Prof. N. Felix. Prof. A. Uma, Principal Investigator presented the findings of the TANII Project “E-Fish health surveillance and monitoring network to improve fisheries production (Madhavaram & Nagapattinam)”. The findings of the TANII Project “Development and demonstration of innovative fisheries engineering interventions for the production maximization in fisheries industries” were presented by Prof. S. Balasubramanian, Principal Investigator. Prof. J. Stephen Sampathkumar, Principal Investigator presented the findings of the NADP Project “Demonstration and training for farmers capacity building at Regional outstations of CeSA in TNFU”. The Director of Research listed the completed and ongoing University Research Projects (16 Nos.) during the period 2017-18.
Dr. K.R. Jahanmohan informed that State Planning Commission has been associated with the Fisheries University in operating the projects since the 12th Five Year Plan. Dr. Jahanmohan greatly appreciated the tremendous growth of the University within a short span, and suggested proposing new projects with innovative and impressive ideas with less of research component and more of service component. Indispensible equipments and civil works alone should be committed. Dr. Jahanmohan asked if terrace farming of fishes could be undertaken similar to the terrace farming of vegetables. Dr. A. Ramadass gave an overview on the activities of the NIOT, and said that NIOT presently focuses on the research area such as desalination, environmental engineering, tsunami and weather monitory systems, underwater vehicles mining the minerals from 5000m depth in Indian Ocean. NIOT have facilities such as marine biotechnology, biodiesel, chemicals of medicinal values extracted from marine algae and cage culture. Dr. Ramadass appreciated the works carried out in the Project on E-fish health surveillance and monitoring network. He suggested working on the automation of the equipments used in aquaculture like aerators, water quality monitoring systems, etc. Autofeeders for cage cultures can be standardized. Biomass estimation can be looked upon on auto mode. Engineering interventions can be made in the areas like development of a warning device to alert fisherfolk when crossing International boundary as well as to find potential fishing zone. Dr. Ramadass expressed his opinions on the creating awareness among the consumers on the chemical contaminants in seafood.
Dr. V. Arul appreciated the projects on biofloc, collagen from fish bone, and replacement of fish meal with soya bean meal for the development of fish feed. Dr. Arul extended his invitation to collaborate with Pondicherry University for characterizing the collagen and characterizing the smaller molecular components. Dr. Arul also insisted to give incentives and awards for research publications and research projects. He inquired why biofloc technology not popularized and how it could be taken on large scale farming. He asked if incorporation of soya bean meal at higher level is problematic due to anti-nutritional factors. He also enquired about the sources of the carotenoids used in fish feed. Dr. M. Rajalekshmi expressed her views that the academic institutes should translate the technologies from lab to farmers‟ field through extension centres. New emerging disease diagnosis methods should be developed. Research on alternate protein sources such as ground nut meal, silk worm meal should be carried out. Dr. T.S. Viswanath provided the information on the activities of NFDB for the development of aquaculture, and suggested that Aqua One centre shall be established. Dr. Viswanath also suggested that TNJFU should offer Online courses as we are living in the internet era. Mrs. Emily Surjith Titus appreciated the works carried out on the collagen to treat Osteoporosis by the department of fish quality assurance and management. She inquired if the use of poultry meal in fish feed would not adversely affect the quality of the fish consuming the feed. The other University Officers also presented their views on the suggestions provided by the Experts.