MPEDA ties up with Bharthidasan University

It aims at giving a fillip to technology and skill development in the fisheries sector.

The Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture (RGCA), the technology incubation centre of the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), will collaborate with Bharthidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, to give a fillip to technology and skill development in the fisheries sector. The university has recognised MPEDA – RGCA as an accredited centre for conducting research leading to PhD in marine sciences.

MPEDA – RGCA, the youngest among aquaculture R&D centres in the country, has made creditable achievements in aquaculture technology development and has been making rapid strides over the last few years.

“A highly multidisciplinary organisation with strong inter-disciplinary linkages, MPEDA – RGCA has crossed many milestones towards achieving excellence in aquaculture. Time is now ripe for the organisation to associate more with the aquaculture industry and other research centres,” said MPEDA Chairman A. Jayathilak.

MPEDA – RGCA has established a pioneering Broodstock Multiplication Centre for Litopenaus vannamei (white leg shrimp) in Visakhapatnam; Aquatic Quarantine Facility (AQF) for L. vannamei in Chennai; and the NABL-accredited pathology and genetic laboratories at Sirkali (Tamil Nadu).

R. Babu Rajendran, Registrar, Bharthidasan University, said discussions were under way for entering into another MoU with MPEDA-RGCA for faculty exchange, students’ training / internship and other collaborative research programmes.


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