- To meet the present day challenges in Society through an interdisciplinary and application oriented course.
- To teach and conduct research in marine sciences with emphasis on basic biology, conservation, management and sustainable aquaculture.
- To develop management and conservation models with emphasis on coastal ecosystems such as coral reefs, sea grasses, mangroves, fishes and iliotrophic communities.
- To link marine sciences with human welfare.
- To promote environmental stewardship among youth.
- To evolve effective methods of utilization of marine and coastal resources of India and Asia as a whole.
The study provides scope for development of both the theoretical knowledge and practical application that can be achieved successfully through a blend of classroom activities and field experiences. The subject provides unique and highly motivational learning experiences, many of which are directly related to vocational areas. It can provide opportunities to work and enhance employment potential in related industries and to establish a basis for further avenues.
- To develop an awareness of the sea and coastal zone for present and future generations.
- To appreciate and respect the culturally diverse attitudes of different coastal communities.
- To acquire knowledge, understanding and skill applicable to the marine environment for safe, intelligent use and judicious utilization viz recreation, vocation coupled with innovative research and further study.
- To solve problems relevant to marine environment by the coastal communities.
- To access, organize and analyse information on marine environment for effective planning and execution.
- To access and interpret policies which affect the marine environment.
DURATION OF THE COURSE
4 semesters with a total of 90 credits.
UNIQUENESS OF THE COURSE
M.Sc. students are exposed to study biological, chemical & physical oceanography; fisheries science and fishery technology, coastal aquaculture and mariculture, marine pollution & toxicology, coastal and maritime laws, coastal resources, coastal resource management, marine food technology, marine pharmacology, remote sensing & GIS in marine sciences, and marine biotechnology. The topics cover the various aspects of marine environment, its resources including fishing communities and their management. The management course helps to learn the intricacies of the management of the resources in the Coastal Regulation Zone cutting across various disciplines.
The students undergo practical training in Estuarine Biological Laboratory (Marine Research Centre), Pulicat. In addition, the students visit various marine ecosystems like Pitchavaram mangroves, Sundarbans mangroves, Chilika Lake, Gulf of Mannar, Palk Bay and Marine Research Institutes like CIFE, NIO, NCAOR, CIFT, CMFRI, NIFPHATT, CIFTNET, MPEDA, CIBA, CIFA, ZSI, NIOT, IOM. Internship training gives a good entrepreneur training with first hand information to know the difficulties and challenges to face in the coastal product production.
Campus interviews were held in the last three years from various companies to recruit the students for their company before completing their degree. IFB Agro Pvt. Ltd., CP Aquaculture Pvt. Ltd. and Waterbase Pvt. Ltd. are noteworthy to mention.
Students get an opportunity to earn transferable credits in their final semester for one optional paper from Silliman University, Philippines or Sam Ratulangi University, Indonesia.