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Department of Aquaculture Management & Technology

About the Department :

Vidyasagar university established in the year 1981.This young & growing university is located on the outskirts of Midnapore & named after one of the great sons of Bengal, the early 19th century a social reformer & pioneer of education, Pandit Iswarchandra Vidyasagar .Its immediate aim is to foster higher education in south West Bengal & provide intellectual leadership to the development of the region. The ultimate aim is to contribute to quality education in the state & the country. Post-graduate teaching of Aquaculture Management & Technology in our University was started in the year 2003 as a unit in the Department of Zoology. Unit turns into full-fledged department in the year 2008. Infrastructural facility of this department is quite good. We are very much optimistic about the prosperity of our department.

New inclusion from emerging fields in curriculum:

1.     Pollution and their impacts on aquatic resources. Social impacts, human diseases and possible preventive measures.


2.     General principles of genetic engineering, recombinant DNA and gene cloning methods, restriction/modification enzymes, PCR, sequencing, DNA fingerprinting,


3.     Biotechnology in aquaculture product development, biofertilization, , biofermentation and biofilters.


4.     Fish cell culture; development of cell lines and their applications.


5.     Traditional aquaculture medicines, commercially available aquaculture medicine in India like- Probiotic, sanitizers, oxigenerators

Syllabus up-gradation

We have up-grade our syllabus during the session 2006 – 2007 and few burning topics have been included in our course curricula.

Research areas / fields

  • Immunogenetics and gene expression studies for fish health management.
  • Aquaculture Nutrition.
  • Introduction of IMC in the Jhora fed fish pond of Darjeeling Hills.
  • Studies on the warm water fish diseases and parasites, their symptoms and preventive measures.
  • Studies on the fish feed toxicology
  • Studies on the live fish food culture

         Survey of the bioresources of Midnapore East and West districts (Fish/ Zooplankton/ Prawn)

         Inventory of non-conventional fish feed resources of Midnapore

         Enterpreneurship development for empowerment of rural women : In Aquaculture

         Fish Nutrition and Toxicology

Running projects


1. Depart. of Environment, West Bengal.


2. UGC


Germplasm conservation of Endangered fish species of South –West , West Bengal



Development Eco-friendly grower  feeds for Indian Major Carps using Non – conventional feed ingredients of West Bengal.







2008 - 2010


Cold Centrifuge (India Made)



Kjeldahl Apparatus, Column Chromatography (G100)







Ph. D Running & awarded


Several students have started their Ph. D. work in the field of Fish Nutrition / Toxicology / Aquaculture productivity / Survey of Socioeconomic status of local SC / ST peoples / Fish Immunology and Fish vaccines etc . At present the department is having a Ph. D. programme which is entirely based on experimental, field and analytical studies. In future it is planned to incorporate a Ph. D. course programme in which training will be imparted on the methodologies and collection analysis & interpretation of the existing database. The thrust area of research  of the Department are:

i)                 Ornamental fish breeding

ii)               Studies on the warm water fish diseases and parasites, their symptoms and preventive measures.

iii)             Studies on the fish feed development and toxicology.

Seminars / workshop

i)                    7 days National workshop  on “Ornamental fish breeding, rearing, management and stock assessment of aquatic resources” during 1st March to 7th March, 2006.


ii)                  3 days National Seminar on “Aquaculture with special emphasis on mariculture: problems & prospects in West Bengal” which was held during March 26 – 28 ,  2008.

Placement Status

Almost 100% students are absorbed through Private sector

Books published

  1. Rangin Macher chas (in Bengali) [ published by Vidyasagar University ]
  2. Ornamental Fishes (in English)    [ published by Vidyasagar University ]

Future Plan

1.   Development of a “Centre for Bio-prospecting.

2.   Assessment and management of regional fish faunal resources.

3.   Socio-economic and livelihood development for SC/ST and  weaker section of the region  through Aquaculture technology.

4.   Participatory development of indigenous technology in Aquaculture for employment generation and self empowerment, especially rural women.

5.   One year PG diploma course on fish processing technology and value added product development.


      Socio-economic and livelihood development for SC/ST and  weaker section of the region  through Aquaculture technology.

      Assessment and management of regional Finfish bio resources/biodiversity.

      Development of indigenous technology for rural development through participation of local people, especially rural women.

      Nutritional security and livelihood development of SC/ST population and weaker sections of the districts of Pascim Medinipur, Bankura, and Purulia of West Bengal through the application of fresh water aquaculture.