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DBT Sponsored National Training in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology for Fisheries Professionals


National Coordinator  : Dr. Gopal Krishna

Course Coordinators

ICAR-CIFE Dr. Aparna Chaudhari
ICAR-CIFA Dr. Jitendra Sundaray

Molecular biology and biotechnology are advancing rapidly and new tools and techniques are becoming available to researchers. It is essential to update skills in these cutting edge areas for designing more effective research projects of both basic and applied nature. DBT has sponsored a 3 month national training program to promote development of trained human resource for application of molecular tools to research problems in fisheries and aquaculture. At present, largely traditional methodologies are being used in the fisheries sector and only a few scientists are applying molecular approaches. The emphasis is on enhancing capabilities of research personnel already employed in fisheries institutes, universities and colleges or even in traditional universities and colleges, but working in the area of marine biology/ fisheries/ aquaculture. The course content is designed to cover all kinds of applications of molecular methods in fisheries. The emphasis will be on hands-on experience and skill development of the participants. Various advanced molecular techniques (like Real-time PCR, RNAi, Microinjection, 2D gel electrophoresis, etc.) will be demonstrated to the candidates and they will be expected to take up independent short term projects during the training period. Seminars and group discussions will be organized on selected topics. Guest faculty from various prestigious institutions will also be invited to share their experiences. The project includes a component of post-training mentoring to help participants prepare project proposals for funding. The training program will be conducted simultaneously at 3 fisheries institutes (ICAR-CIFE, ICAR-CIFA & ICAR-CMFRI).I Dr. P. Vijayagopal

Course contents

The 3 months training program comprises 45 days of theory classes with hands-on practical sessions and 45 days of research work. All basic molecular biology and genetic engineering and molecular genetics techniques are included in the course along with their applications in various aspects of aquaculture and sheries. Each institute offers specialized modules based on areas of expertise. Participants are also expected to prepare research proposals and reports in DBT prescribed formats to familiarize them with the procedure of seeking extramural funding from DBT or other funding agencies :

Program dates:

  • Batch IV – CIFA & CMFRI : 15 Feb to 13 May 2017;
  •  CIFE : 7 Mar to 6 Jun 2017
  • Batch V – CIFA, CMFRI and CIFE : 01.11.2017 to 30.01.2018


Assistant Professors/ Scientists and above/ Post-doctoral fellows employed in SAUs, CAUs, Fisheries Colleges, research institutes, traditional universities and engaged in research and teaching in the area of aquaculture, fisheries, marine biology, aquatic biology and allied disciplines.

Travel, boarding and lodging

The participants are allowed to travel by their entitled class (not above II AC train fare) or by state bus. Actual TA will be reimbursed on production of a certificate and tickets by the participants. Free boarding and lodging will be provided only to the participants within the budgetary provisions as per ICAR norms. No accompanying persons will be allowed.

Selection of participants

The total number of participants will be 10 at each collaborating institute. Selection letters will be communicated 20 days prior to the start date of the program subject to receiving duly forwarded applications.

Course fee This program is completely sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India.

All future correspondence may kindly be directed to the address below :

ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Education
Panch Marg, Off Yari Road,
Mumbai- 400 061, India
Email: ICAR-CIFE: director@cife.edu.in; dbthrd@cife.edu.in,
ICAR-CIFA: dbthrdcifa@gmail.com
ICAR-CMFRI: vgcochin@hotmail.com

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