History

HISTORY

The Post Graduate Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture is one of the largest and the most dynamic departments in the college with a student strength of 222 after 2018 Admission. It offers two professional courses B.Sc. Aquaculture and B.Sc. Industrial Fish & Fisheries and one post-graduate programme in M.Sc. Applied Fisheries and Aquaculture. BSc. Aquaculture first started as an affiliated course in the year 1995 as a part of Department of Zoology by the special interest of Dr. Venketaraman (HOD of the Dept. of Zoology). In 1996 B.Sc. Industrial Fish and Fisheries started as a UGC sponsored course for a period of 5 years. After the five year term the course continued as a self-financing course from 2001. Department became independent in the year 1999 with the appointment 5 faculty members (4 for aquaculture (Dr. Ajith Thomas John, Mr. Bijoy V.M., Dr. G. Prasad and Dr. Harikrishnan M.) and 1 for biochemistry (Dr. Balu K. Chacko). The Post Graduate course in M.Sc. Applied Fisheries and Aquaculture started in the year 2002. The department known as the Department of Aquaculture and Biochemistry then separated from its mother department of Zoology and shifted to the Annexe building housing the College Canteen in the year 2004. Dr. Ajith Thomas John was appointed as the first HoD of our department. In the same year the Aquaculture and Fisheries Association was formed with all the faculty and students as members. In 2006 one of the most unique programmes of the college the “Harvest Festival” started at the Fish/Shrimp Farm at Pizhala, Kadamakkudy. Dr. F.G. Benno Periera took charge as Head of the Department in 2007 and in the same year the Conservation Research Group was formed. Dr. Benno continued as HoD till August 2016. In 2011 the department was renamed as the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture. In 2012, the department was also one among five science departments in the college to be awarded financial support under the DBT Star College Scheme of which Dr. Ajith Thomas John of the department was the Coordinator for the college. In June 2012, the department hosted and organized the first International Internship of the college for the students of the University of Wisconsin, Madison USA on “Empowerment through Aquaponics”. In September 2012, St.Albert’s College, Kochi was selected as among 10 Best Colleges in the World working to conserve endangered species as a recognition of the contributions of the Conservation Research Group. On April 1st 2016 Dr. Ajith Thomas John was selected as the IQAC Coordinator of the college. On 16th March 2015 Dr. Ginson Joseph was awarded Ph.D. by Cochin University. In January 2016 the Department was recognized as Research Center by the Mahatma Gandhi University and became the first to be recognized as a Research Center under the University in the field of Fisheries Science.  In September 2016 Mr. Jose Emmanuel took charge as Head of Department. On 17th May 2017 Dr. Bijoy V.M. was awarded Ph.D. by Cochin University. In June 2017 Dr. Jinson Joseph, won the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for Best Outstanding Thesis. On 23rd May 2018 Dr. Ajith Thomas John took charge as the Head of the Department.