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IGNOU to launch aquaculture course

BHOPAL HAS been selected as one of the 13 centres in the country where the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is launching a diploma course in aquaculture this month.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2006 16:29 IST

BHOPAL HAS been selected as one of the 13 centres in the country where the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is launching a diploma course in aquaculture this month.

Among the 13 centres, diploma in marine aquaculture would be launched in eight coastal centres while in five inland centres diploma in freshwater aquaculture would be launched.

The objective of the course is to develop technical capabilities in aquaculture with a view to increasing productionof fish and prawn in the country, regional director of IGNOU Dr K S Tiwari said in a press conference today.

The course would be of one-year duration and any person who has passed 10+2 course would be eligible for it. The course intake would be 30 and the fee would be Rs 5500.

Dr Tiwari mentioned that the theory classes would be conducted at Bhopal IGNOU centre while for all practical aspects, the Central Government Fisheries Centre at Pawarkheda (Hoshangabad) has been selected. The IGNOU centre at Bhopal could be contacted for further details.

The IGNOU has contacted the Fisheries and Animal Husbandry department with a view to encouraging the staff to take up the course for enhancing technical skills.

The regional director said that there is huge potential of developing aquaculture in Madhya Pradesh. `` With proper technical inputs, we can easily multiply production of fish in the State by four times. If all the water sources are utilised, new aquaculture enterprise of Rs 1000 crore can be established in Madhya Pradesh,’’ he said.

He also said that promoting aquaculture not only leads to enterprise and employment generation, but can also take care of protein deficiency among citizens.

The Director of IGNOU, P Shivaswarup was also present at the press conference.

First Published: Jan 11, 2006 16:29 IST