TAMIL NADU Dr. J. JAYALALITHAA FISHERIES UNIVERSITY SIXTH CONVOCATION
Nagapattinam 2019 November sat 30 ;The Sixth Convocation of the Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Fisheries University (TNJFU), was held at its administrative Headquarters in Nagapattinam on 30.11.2019 in the gracious presence of Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu and the Chancellor of the University, Thiru. Banwarilal Purohit.
Prof. S. Felix, Vice-Chancellor of the University welcomed the gathering and presented the report of the University. The Vice-Chancellor informed that the demand for fisheries professionals and paraprofessionals in the year 2025 would be around 4000 and 25,000 respectively. Foreseeing this huge manpower requirement, the University is already on right track by offering maximum number of UG, PG and Ph.D programmes among the Fisheries Universities of the Country i.e., 37 Courses (11-UG; 14-PG; 12-Ph.D.) through its 45 constituent units spread across the State. This ‘need of the hour’ effort by the University doesn’t mean mere production of graduates but delivering ‘highly competent professionals’ as required by the fisheries based industries, which is ensured by maintaining global standard in Teacher-Student ratio - 1:6 i.e., 112 teaching faculty for 700 plus students and recruiting only Ph.Ds for entry level Assistant Professor positions as per UGC guidelines.
Further, Quality in imparting education resulted in fourteen of our University students topped in the All India PG Entrance Examination conducted by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi and a graduate of our University bagged the ‘Best Fisheries Graduate of the Year’ award from the Professional Fisheries Graduate Forum (PFGF), Mangaluru. The overall quality of the University was also acknowledged by ICAR, by ranking it as the number one State Agricultural University (SAU) in Tamil Nadu and 25th in the Country. This congenial learning environment has already made TNJFU as a dream destination to national and international students to pursue higher education in fisheries which subsequently resulted in tripling of University’s Gross Enrollment Rate in the past two years. In addition to all the achievements, the University is proud to be the first in the Country to deliver highly qualified 20 B.Tech fisheries engineers to the Country which also makes this convocation unique and special.
The Vice-Chancellor wholeheartedly thanked Thiru. D. Jayakumar, Hon’ble Minister for Fisheries and Pro-Chancellor of the University for his continuous support to the University. Further he added, the recent fund sanctioned for establishment of an Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory in the University premises with an estimated cost of Rs. 53 Lakh and extension of the students hostel and education & administration block in Dr. M.G.R. Fisheries College and Research Institute, Thalainayeru at an estimated cost of Rs. 11.16 Crore are a few such examples for the support.
The Chief Guest of the day, Dr. Gopal Krishna, Vice Chancellor, ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Education (CIFE), Mumbai presented and delivered the Convocation Address. The Chief Guest in his address appreciated the University’s effort in ensuring sustainable aquaculture and deep sea fishing in this State through its two exclusive technical directorates and offering four UGC approved paraprofessional vocational degree programs. He also informed that TNJFU has created a remarkable visibility and open-up greater opportunities for the youth of the State and the Country by disseminating Biofloc technology to increase fish production, Recirculatory Aquaculture System (RAS) technology for intensive fish production, Aquaponics based integrated farming, popularization of fish products through ‘Kayalaham’ and more importantly serving the farmers continuously through feed and health testing labs, ‘Mobile Aqua Labs’ and ‘Aqua One Centers’.
Dr. K. Gopal, I.A.S., Principal Secretary to Government, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Tamil Nadu; Dr. G. S. Sameeran, I.A.S., Director of Fisheries, Tamil Nadu and other high level district administrative officials were the other noted dignitaries who graced the occasion.
A total of 111 graduates were conferred with the degrees ‘In-Person’ which includes 5 Ph.D., 22 Master of Fisheries Science, 65 Bachelor of Fisheries Science and 19 B.Tech. (Fisheries Engineering) degrees. Further, a total of 22 graduates and postgraduates will receive their degrees ‘In-Absentia’.
The Chancellor presented overall 33 medals for academic excellence and performance to the students. Selvi. R.H. Hermon Jisha bagged the maximum number of 10 medals for her B.F.Sc., study. Selvi. K. Shasti Risha, Thiru. K. Madhan and Thiru. T. Paul Nathaniel received one Medal each in the B.F.Sc. degree programme. Selvi. M. Vinothini Vaz received one Medal in the B.Tech. (Fisheries Engineering) degree programme. For the M.F.Sc. degree programme, Selvi. M. Muthu Abishag received 7 Medals, Selvi. Drishya Antony, Tmt. N. Kalaiselvi and Selvi. R. Gopika received 2 Medals each, Selvi. Kapparapu Sai Susmitha Bhargavi, Selvi. K. Keerthika, Tmt. A. Thanalakshmi and Thiru. P. Kodeeswaran received one Medal each. Tmt. M. Menaga received 2 Medals in Ph.D. degree programme.