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Fifth Meeting of Research Council held on 29.01.2020 Tamilnadu Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Fisheries University, Nagapattinam

The 5th Meeting of Research Council of Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Fisheries University was conducted at the Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalihaa Fisheries University, Nagapattinam on 29.01.2020 under the Chairmanship of Prof. S. Felix, Vice-Chancellor, TNJFU. The Member Secretary, Prof. G. Jeyasekaran, Director of Research has presented the report on the research achievements. The Director of Research reported that the University has operated 28 projects to a value of Rs. 4536.88 lakhs funded by various institutions. A 4Ps (Project, Publication, Patent, and Product) Monitoring Cell was established during this year to facilitate the faculty members in the submission of research project proposals for funding, research papers for publications, and preparing for patents.

The Vice Chancellor in his inaugural address highlighted that the research facilities and faculty strength of any University are the key contributing factor for farm- based Universities. Then the Principal Investigators of the completed and ongoing projects presented the salient findings of the schemes before the Research Council. The achievements of the projects such as Establishment of Aquatic Rainbow Technology (Ornamental Fish) Park, Assessment of Fishing Pattern and Fishing Pressure in Gulf of Mannar Coast, Challenge study on Phytobiotic fed GIFT strain of Oreochromis niloticus with Streptocoocus agalactiae serotype II, Healthy Shrimp and GIFT Tilapia production through Biofloc-based farming system, Establishment of fisheries techno park cum fish processing technology business incubation centre, Surveillance of fish and shellfish diseases in selected districts of Tamil Nadu, Novel Molecular Approaches for Advancing Prediction and Mitigation of Disease out breaks in aquaculture for Small - scale farmers, Bio-prospecting for anti-osteoporotic collagen peptides derived from fish bones, Development of cost efficient feed for enhancing freshwater fish production, E- Fish health surveillance and monitoring network to improve fisheries production in Tamil Nadu, Monitoring of heavy metal in finfish & shellfish species along the Indian coast and possible mitigation measures, Development, demonstration and dissemination of solar energy operated aerators in shrimp farms were discussed in the Research Council.

The operation of the above-said projects resulted in 41 research publications (International and National), 28 technical articles, and 145 articles in seminars/conferences/symposia, 17 technologies and products developed by the University and two Patents have been filed. The Director of Research also listed the Memorandum of Understandings (16 Nos.) made with the International/ National Universities/ Institutes and Industries.

Prof. V. Arul, External Expert appreciated the Principal Investigators of the projects and the efforts of the University for setting a strategy to publish articles and file patents. Mrs. Emily Surjith Titus, another Expert having knowledge on entrepreneurship, appreciated the works carried out by the staff of TNJFU. She also emphasized the importance of inclusion of fishery science in the school curriculum and also creates awareness programmes for schools by various units of TNJFU. The University Officers, Heads of the Departments & Heads of Research Centres were also present in the meeting. The Director of Research concluded with a request to provide suitable incentives for the researchers holding research projects in the University.