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Rajasthan has 4.23 lakh ha area under fresh water besides 30000 ha area as river and canals, 80,000 ha water-logged and 1.80 lakh ha salt affected areas at full tank level. About 16500 farmers and fishers are engaged in fisheries related activities. The fish production potential of the state is 90,000 MT per year and as such there is a scope for three times increase in fish production. The present low fish production is mainly due to the unavailability of quality seed, poor extension network; shortage of technical and qualified staff in the state fisheries department.

The systematic development of fisheries professionals was lacking in the state till the last decade. Looking to the need of the hour the erstwhile Department of Limnology and Fisheries, under Rajasthan College of Agriculture was upgraded to the status of College of Fisheries in November, 2003 under the aegis of Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur. The college received formal approval of the state Government in April, 2010 with the grant of Rs. 4.00 Crores under the RKVY scheme from the State Government mainly for the development of infrastructure. The college has developed adequate infrastructure and essential laboratory facilities.

In order to make higher aquacultural education relevant to present day needs, produce graduates with entrepreneurial skills for self-employment and contributors of rural livelihood and food security need it was felt for reorienting aquacultural education of the country in view of globalization and development of new technologies. As per recommendations of V Deans’ committee, new course curricula has been adopted and syllabus reoriented approved by the Academic Council of MPUAT. Accordingly, following seven departments have been created: (1) Aquaculture (2) Fisheries Resource Management (3) Aquatic Environment Management (4) Aquatic Animal Health Management (5) Fish Processing Technology (6) Fisheries Engineering and (7) Fisheries Extension, Economics and Statistics. These departments are headed by qualified and experienced faculty to provide quality education. 

The college has a motto and goal to provide professional education in aquaculture and enhance knowledge in the field of fisheries with scientific information for exploitation and management of fisheries resources in Rajasthan and to popularize various concepts of aquaculture to the rural and urban masses. To achieve the objectives of the College viz., To provide quality education; To develop trained human resource and to Promote entrepreneurship in aquaculture and fisheries; To make innovations in teaching methods with efforts for skilful learning and institutional linkages; To promote need based research to cope with environmental challenges and, To make available technically qualified fisheries professionals, the college is continually doing its hard efforts with meagre faculty. I am happy that our students have made a place in the Government Fisheries Department as Fisheries Development Officer. The efforts of the college are bestowed with the dynamic leadership of our learned Vice-Chancellor, guidance of our ex-faculty and inter institutional linkages with leading institutions of the nation e.g., ICAR, CIFE, CIFT, CIFRI, NBFGR, FSI etc.

Dr Omprakash Sharma

DEAN

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