With Odisha having greater potential for fishery activities, the State Government is planning to set up an institute namely Odisha University of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
“It would be a state-of-the-art institute for research for development of fisheries and aquaculture. We would come up with a concrete proposal of the university, its location, financial implications and courses to be offered within next six months,” said fisheries and animal resources development secretary Bishnupada Sethi.
He said currently, the State contributes to about five per cent of fish production in the country and about 17 per cent of the value of Indian maritime product export.
He said the State has 480 km of coastline along with 24,000 sq km of area within continental shelf. This provides better opportunity to produce professionally and technically competent manpower in fisheries and ocean studies, catering to the needs of the fast developing sector.
Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan advised the department to conceptualise the university as a thematic and outcome-oriented institution from the beginning instead of planning it as a generic and theoretical body. The proposed university should be a state-of-the-art institute focusing on direct linkage with farmers and field applications.