Madurai, Feb. 8
THE Fisheries College and Research Institute (FCRI), Tuticorin, one among the 12 such colleges in the country, in its `Vision 2010' has plans to introduce three-month distant education certificate courses, recognised by the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, in the next five years.
According to FCRI Dean, Dr Santhanam, the institute, which is celebrating its silver jubilee this year, would introduce certificate courses in ornamental fish culture, preparation of value added fish products, composite fish culture, integrated fish farming and hygienic handling of fish catch, for youth and school dropouts to enable them to take up ventures in the future.
The institute will further engage in research in niche sectors including shrimp vaccine development, fish/shrimp disease diagnosis, development of fish hybrids and ornamental fish breeding.
Efforts would be made to develop vaccine for shrimps and techniques to administer the same through studies on pharmaceutical properties of marine resources, he added.