Prof. G. Jeyasekaran, Dean i/c, College of Fisheries Engineering, Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Fisheries University, Nagapattinam has been working for more than 32 years and involved in teaching, and research activities pertaining to fish quality, safety, authenticity, microbiology and biotechnology. He has also been the Director of Research in the University and has been facilitating the overall development of the research programmes. He was the first to report the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in Indian seafood in 1996 under the guidance of Prof. I. Karunasagar, Former FAO Senior Fisheries Industry Officer, and his research group in Australian Animal Health Laboratory, CSIRO, Australia was the first to report the presence of viable WSSV and YHV in the frozen shrimp products exported from Asia to Australia in 2004. He worked in Yugoslavia in 1991 and Australia in 2000 under Overseas Fellowships Programmes.
Besides that, he visited USA, China, Morocco Cambodia and Sri Lanka on various International Programmes funded by FAO, NACA, and GOI. He was the recipient of TNSCST Young Scientist Fellowship in 1998. For his research achievements, he was conferred with Young Scientist Award in 2002, Best Fisheries Teacher Award in 2003, Dr. M.S. Swaminathan Award for Best Indian Fisheries Scientist in 2004, Best Scientist Award in 2015 and University Appreciation Awards in 2015 and 2018. He was conferred with the Tamil Nadu Scientist Award (TANSA) 2016 by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu in December 2018. He operated several research projects funded by ICAR, DBT, SERB-MFPI, NADP and DST. Two of his Patents have been published, and another two Patents have been filed. He was the Leader of an Official Team to visit Australia in 2015. He operated a flagship programme of ICAR ‘Niche Area of Excellence’ in Fish Safety and Quality Assurance from 2015. In order to create fish safety as a separate entity, with the support of Govt. of Tamil Nadu, he established a separate Dept. of Fish Quality Assurance & Management, which is first of its kind in India. He was instrumental in starting of exclusive & unique M.F.Sc. & Ph.D. degree progarmmes in Fish Quality Assurance & Management in India in view of the emerging food safety issues in fish and shellfish. Such post-graduate programmes are first of their kind in India.
Several of his technologies useful to the seafood sector have been released. He has more than 100 research publications to his credit. He established a Fish Quality Monitoring and Certification Centre. He has been operating a self-financing scheme on Quality analysis of fish samples, and in that he has earned considerable revenue to the University by extending advocacy services to different States of India. He has been an Expert Member in the FSSAI Scientific Panel for Fish and Fisheries Products, and EIA Panel for Assessment of Seafood Processing Establishments and quality control technologists. He was also the Expert Member in the MPEDA technical Monitoring on antibiotic residues in shrimps. He has been instrumental in signing MoUs with several overseas and national Universities and Institutes for the benefits of students and faculty. He was instrumental in getting 12B Status for the University from UGC. He has been actively involved for getting AICTE approval for the B.Tech (Fisheries Engineering) programme offered by the College of Fisheries Engineering for the benefits of students of the programme. He has been the Director incharge for various University Referral laboratories functioning in the fields of fish products certification and fish disease diagnosis. One of the Referral laboratories on Fish Quality Monitoring and Certification recently obtained NABL Accreditation as per ISO/IEC 17025:2005. He is the Director of Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of the University as well as involved in getting ICAR Ranking.