Mumbai, 6th June, 2011
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education and Director General, ICAR, while rededicating the Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai on the completion of 50 years of its existence recalled the contributions by the former Directors, Joint Directors and Staff. He traced the journey from the simple beginning as a training Institute to inservice fisheries personnel in 1961, to its present strature of a leading research and educational institute in fisheries sector in the country. He emphasised upon the great advances made by the Institute not only in the area of education, but also in fisheries research and extension giving examples of carp hatchery, aquaculture revolution in Andhra Pradesh, shrimp farming in inland saline soils and reclamation of degraded areas in Maharashtra through aquaculture.
Dr. Ayyappan emphasised upon the new initiatives in pipeline under the 12th Five Year Plan of the Council and threw light upon the aspects like National Agriculture Education Project, institution of new awards, career advancement, overseas exposure to faculty and students, etc. He lauded the Institute for their various activities and expressed his happiness in transforming the barren land into a hub of activities with world class infrastructure in pipeline. Further, he urged the Faculty and Staff to excel in teaching and research and to be the role models for others to follow
Dr. W. S. Lakra, Director, CIFE while welcoming the Director General thanked Dr. Ayyappan for all the contributions he made to this Institute in the capacities as Director (CIFE), and DDG (Fy) and DG, ICAR.
The DG during his visit also inaugurated various new facilities at CIFE viz Girls’ Hostel, Residential Quarters, Personality Development and Placement Cell and Microbiology Lab for Post Harvest Technology