Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Fisheries University was established in 2012 to improve the fisheries sector of Tamil Nadu State. Institute of Fisheries Technology, Nagapattinam was established by Government of Tamil Nadu with a budget provision of Rs.34.08 crore. Subsequently the Institute of Fisheries Technology has been renamed as College of Fisheries Engineering considering the growing importance and emerging needs of fisheries engineering of fisheries engineering sector.
College of Fisheries Engineering is a constituent college of TNJFU and it is located at the coastal town of Nagapattinam along the Bay of Bengal. The College is first of its kind in the Country established in 2015 with a sole aim of developing engineering personnel for the fisheries industries.
It is a 4 year degree programme [B.Tech.(Fisheries Engineering)]. This degree empowers the graduates to be an able engineer in the areas like aquaculture engineering, fish processing engineering, fisheries nautical & marine engineering, basic engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Computer Science, Electrical & Electronics) that could support and compliment the fisheries industries. The intake of thirty four students was sanctioned.
About the curriculum, the course includes study of fish species and aquatic ecosystem, designing of ponds and construction, farm layout, designing of fish processing machineries and application in value addition of products, designing freezing equipment, refrigerating storage devices and structures, designing of fish crafts and gears, computer science application in fisheries sector and usage of electrical equipment in onboard fishing.
The scope for fisheries engineers is vast in all the sectors of fisheries and the first batch of students graduated in 2019. Students have been placed in leading fisheries industries and fisheries department. The scope can further expand as the fisheries industries all over the world expands. In order to meet the demands of fisheries engineering professionals, M.Tech (Fisheries Engineering) in the specialization of Aquacultural Engineering and Fish Process Engineering are started since 2019 with intake of four students each.
College of Fisheries Engineering is recognized by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi since 2019 and it is also certified by ISO 9001:2015.