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Department of Fisheries Extension, Economics and Statistics

Introduction

The Department of Fisheries Economics was established during 1978 to offer courses on fisheries economics and extension for undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes besides conducting research and extension activities. The Department of Fisheries Extension was established during September 1989 to offer undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in Fisheries Extension besides research and organising various extension activities to enhance the livelihood of fishers. The Department of Fisheries Information and Statistics was created during October 2014 to offer ICT and statistics courses for undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. These three departments have been merged into one as Department of Fisheries Extension, Economics and Statistics during December 2017 as per the ICAR nomenclature. So far 22 M.F.Sc., students in Fisheries Extension and 24 M.F.Sc., students in Fisheries Economics were passed out. Eight e-course contents were developed for the undergraduate programme. Apart from the academic programmes, this department operates many externally funded projects funded by DBT, ICSSR, NFDB, TNSCST, MSSRF, ICAR, Planning Commission, etc. The extension activities such as on-campus and off-campus training programmes, awareness programmes, demonstrations, exhibitions, pongalvizha, farm advisory services, etc., are being also offered for the benefit of fishers.

In addition to this, the recently created Unit of Information Technology under the Department of Fisheries Extension, Economics and Statistics, FC&RI, Thoothukudi aspires to be a leading source of information on fishing and fish farming communities, fisheries entrepreneurs fisheries, students, policy makers, etc. The unit would provide data and information at its disposal available to various entities in Tamil Nadu in order to increase the transparency and efficiency to promote further research on needy areas of fisheries. The unit regularly issues various publications on the university website. Further, this unit collects and collates data and items of information from various sources, including Government reports, surveys, statistics, etc. The unit also establishes and maintains information systems, develops and applies methods for processing and presenting data and information and distributes within and outside by means of various channels. Among other items, the unit regularly publishes data, statistics and other reports on TNJFU’s website. In addition to this, this unit is also maintaining all IT database, secured Wi-Fi and internet connectivity for the college.

Objectives

Objectives of the Department

  • To offer fisheries extension, economics, statistics and information sciences courses for undergraduate fisheries science students.
  • To offer MFSc and Ph.D., degree programmes in fisheries extension and fisheries economics.
  • To conduct research programmes in fisheries extension, economics, statistics and information sciences.
  • To organise fisheries extension programmes through inter-departmental approach.
  • To disseminate fisheries innovations through various extension methods and information services.

Objectives of the Unit of Information Technology

  • To create and maintain websites, fisheries database & information systems and distribute it through various networks.
  • To develop and distribute online and offline publications in fisheries to user communities.
  • To offer online certificate and diploma courses in fisheries science.

Teaching

Sl.No Course No Title of the Course Credit Hours
1 FS-108 Statistical Methods 3 (2+1)
2 FS-118 Information and Communication Technology 2 (1+1)
3 FS-208 Fisheries Extension Education and Personality Development 3 (2+1)
4 FS-209 Fisheries Economics 3 (2+1)
5 FS-318 Fisheries Administration and Entrepreneurship Development 2 (2+0)
6 FS-319 Fisheries Cooperatives, Marketing and Business Management 3 (2+1)
7 FS-401 Student READY Programme
a) In-plant attachment (for 8 weeks) (0+10 to 16)
b) Rural Fisheries Work Experience Programme (for 8 weeks) (0+2 to 8)
c) Study Tour (in and outside State) (for 4 weeks) 2 (0+2)
8 FS - 402 Student READY Programme
a) Skill Development (for one week) 0+5
b) Experiential Learning Programme 0+15** or 12 (0+12)
c) Project Work 2 (0+2)
d) Seminar 1 (0+1)

M.F.Sc. (Fisheries Extension)

Sl.No Course No Title of the Course Credit Hours
1 FEX 501 Perspectives and Prospects of Fisheries Extension 1+1
2 FEX 502 Extension Communication and Methods 2+1
3 FEX 503 Participatory Approaches in Extension Education 2+1
4 FEX 504 Training for Human Resource Development 2+1
5 FEX 505 Gender Livelihood and Development 1+1
6 FEX 506 Diffusion and adoption of innovations in Fisheries 1+1
7 FEX 509 Human Resource Management 1+1
8 FEX 513 Methods and Designing of Social Research 2+1
9 FEX 511 Development Journalism 1+1

M.F.Sc. (Fisheries Economics)

Sl.No Course No Title of the Course Credit Hours
1 FEC 501 Microeconomics 2+0
2 FEC 502 Macroeconomics 2+0
3 FEC 503 Aquaculture Production Economics 2+1
4 FEC 504 Marine Fisheries Resource Economics 1+1
5 FEC 505 Fisheries Marketing Management 2+1
6 FEC 506 Environmental Economics 2+0
7 FEC 507 Economics of Fisheries Development Policy and Planning 2+0
8 FEC 508 Fisheries Finance and Cooperation 1+1
9 FEC 509 Introduction to Econometrics 1+1
10 FEC 510 Project Formulation and Management 1+1
11 FEC 511 International Economics and Trade 1+1

Ph.D. (Fisheries Extension)

Sl.No Course No Title of the Course Credit Hours
1 FEX 601 Advances in fisheries extension management 2+1
2 FEX 602 Monitoring and evaluation of development programmes 2+1
3 FEX 603 Measurement and scaling techniques in fisheries extension 2+1
4 FEX 604 Extension service system management 1+1
5 FEX 605 Advances in training methods and education technology 1+1
6 FEX 606 Social and gender issues in fisheries 1+1
7 FEX 607 Information and communication technology for fisheries development 1+1
8 FEX 608 International experiences in fisheries extension 2+0
9 FEX 609 Entrepreneurship development 1+1

Ph.D. (Fisheries Economics)

Sl.No Course No Title of the Course Credit Hours
1 FEC 601 Advanced Economic Analysis 2+0
2 FEC 602 Fisheries Marketing and Price Analysis 2+1
3 FEC 603 Advanced Econometrics 2+1
4 FEC 604 Fisheries Planning and Policies 2+0
5 FEC 605 Aquaculture Production Economics 2+1
6 FEC 606 Marine Resource Economics 1+1
7 FEC 607 Managerial Economics 1+1
8 FEC 608 Advanced International Economics and Trade 1+1
9 FEC 609 Fisheries Governance and Socio Economics 1+1

M.F.Sc.

Sl.No Course No Title of the Course Credit Hours
1 PGS 501 Library and Information Services 0+1
2 PGS 502 Technical Writing and Communication Skills 0+1
3 PGS 503 Intellectual Property Rights and its Management in Agriculture 1+0
4 PGS 505 Agricultural Research Ethics and Rural Development Programmes 1+0
5 PGS 506 Disaster Management (e-course) 1+0
6 RMC 501 Research Methodology 1+1
7 FST 513 Applied Fisheries Statistics 2+1

Ph.D.

Sl.No Course No Title of the Course Credit Hours
1 PGS 601 Library and Information Services 0+1
2 PGS 602 Technical Writing and Communication Skills 0+1
3 PGS 603 Intellectual Property Rights and its Management in Agriculture 1+0
4 PGS 605 Agricultural Research Ethics and Rural Development Programmes 1+0
5 PGS 606 Disaster Management ( e-course) 1+0
6 RMC 601 Research Methodology 1+1
7 FST 601 Advanced Statistical Methods 2+1
8 FST 602 Software for Fisheries Data Analysis and Management 0+2

Research Projects

Sl.No Title of the Project Year Funds (Rs in Lakhs) Funding Agency PI of the Project
1 Development of technologies for hatchery production of marine ornamental fishes at Gulf of Mannar Islands - Sea ranching and technology transfer to coastal communities 2008 - 2012 33.39 Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology, Kochi, Govt. of India Dr. N.V.Sujathkumar
2 Socioeconomic Empowerment of Rural Fisherwomen SHGs through Enhanced Market Access 2010 - 2012 7.37 Planning Commission, New Delhi Dr.R.Jayaraman
3 Development of e-courses for BFSc degree programme 2008 - 2014 119.00 NAIP-ICAR, New Delhi, Govt. of India Dr.N.V.Sujathkumar
4 Assessment of freshwater fisheries resources of Tamil Nadu 2013 - 2014 3.70 State Planning Commission, Chennai Dr.R.Jayaraman
5 Participatory adoption on gender specific fish farming technologies in public/panchayat water bodies for livelihood security in Tirunelveli District 2013 2.15 lakhs University Research CORPUS Fund, TANUVAS, Chennai Mrs.G.ArulOli
6 Converting low value fish marketing to high value fish marketing among the marginalized fisherwomen in the coastal districts of Tamilnadu 2014 8.00 lakhs ICSSR, New Delhi Mrs.C.Jeevitha
7 Value Chain Analysis of farmed shrimp industry in Tamil Nadu 2015 - 2016 12.00 ICAR-ERP, New Delhi Mrs. T.Umamaheswari
8 Sustainable Exploitation of Fisheries Resources through co-Management in Kombuthurai fishing village 2015 - 2016 4.98 FIMSUL II, Chennai Mrs. T.Umamaheswari
Sl.No Title of the Project Year Funds (in Rs) Funding Agency PI of the Project
1 Economic impact study/survey at the Model Fisheries Village, Puliyari, Sengottai Taluk 2017 - 2018 0.40 TNFU, Nagapattinam Dr.M.Rajakumar
2 Socioeconomic vulnerability of fishermen and other coastal communities in Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu 2017 - 2018 5.82 Department of Environment, Tamil Nadu Mrs. T.Umamaheswari

Outreach/Extension activities

Sl.No Title No. of Trainees Beneficiaries Year
1 Ornamental Fish Culture 29 Public 2012
2 Ornamental Fish Culture 30 Public 2012
3 Marine ornamental fish breeding techniques 14 Ornamental fish culturists 2012
4 TNSCST, Chennai sponsored training 30 SHG women 2013
5 Masters’ training programme – NFDB training scheme 20 KVK, NGOs State Fisheries Department 2013
6 TNSCST, Chennai sponsored training 50 Shrimp farmers 2014
7 Freshwater fish farming 15 Rural folk 2014
8 Freshwater fish farming 35 Rural folk 2014
9 Sea safety for fishermen 37 Fishermen 2014
10 Net fabrication, Assembling and Repairing 38 Fishermen 2014
11 Field experience training for the 99th FOCARS trainees 07 Scientist of ICAR 2014
12 Freshwater fish Culture 50 Fish culturists 2015
13 Ornamental fish Culture 50 Rural women 2015
14 Ornamental fish Culture 100 SHG Women 2015
15 Freshwater fish Culture 50 Fish farmers 2015
16 Ornamental fish culture 30 SHG Women 2016
17 FGD on Driving changes in shrimp farming industry 101 Shrimp farmers 2017
18 Freshwater fish farming 20 Rural women 2017
19 TTC on “Freshwater fish farming” 20 Rural women 2017
20 Ornamental fish culture 19 Rural folk 2017

Infrastructure

  • Audio Visual Hall
  • Demonstration Unit
  • Auditorium
  • Students Computer Lab
  • PG Class Room
  • Multimedia Lab
  • Server room
  • 10 Mbps Leased line for internet connection

Achievements

  • Developed 27 e-curses for the Bachelor of Fisheries Science (BFSc) degree programme which are being used by the Fisheries College across India.
  • Twenty three University Research Projects and fifteen externally funded projects have been completed so far.
  • A total of 24 M.F.Sc., theses and 2 Ph.D., theses in Fisheries Economics and 22 M.F.Sc., theses in Fisheries Extension (2011-17) and one Ph.D. thesis in Fisheries Extension were completed.
  • The department contributed to the formulation of the Integrated Coastal Area Development Programme (ICADP) and to the Inland Fisheries schemes of the Department of Fisheries for the Ninth Five-Year Plan.
  • A three-day workshop on Rural Fish Marketing with the financial support of the National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM), Jaipur was organized.
  • The staff conducted a Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA) on consumers’ preference towards value-added fishery products in Madurai and Nagercoil.
  • The department conducted a study on Fishermen attitude towards conservation of fish genetic resources for NBFGR, Lucknow.
  • A two-day training programme on Economic and Management Issues in Coastal Resource Conservation was conducted.
  • The National Expert Consultative Conference on Fisheries Leasing Policy was organized at Chennai jointly with the State Fisheries Department, Chennai.
  • A two day workshop and a training program on “Basic Fisheries Economics” was organized for the staff of the faculty, TANUVAS.
  • A total of 48 Radio Talks and 11 TV talks were given. A total of 10 Books, 86 Research papers, 61 popular articles, 9 teaching manuals, 8 Practical manuals and 15 training manuals were published.
  • A National Conference on “Status, Constraints and Scope for Fisherfolk Development through Microfinance” was organized.
  • Eight e-courses in fisheries extension, economics and statistics were developed and available for online viewing and off-line download by the staff and students of Fisheries Colleges across India.
  • Innovative technology of this institute has been disseminated among fish farmers/entrepreneurs through various sponsored training programme.
  • Success stories of farmers were documented on composite fish culture and ornamental fish culture.
  • DVD on various fisheries technologies were produced and released and Conducted many on/off campus training

Current Focus

  • Training needs and impact Assessment of training programme.
  • Market Led Extension and ITK in fisheries.
  • Economics of Marine Fishery Resources.
  • Production Economics in Fisheries.
  • Performance of Marine Fish Marketing.
  • Export Growth of Fish and Fishery Products.
  • Aquaculture Credit Planning.
  • Gender studies and empowerment.
  • Coastal vulnerability assessment.
  • Fisheries database and Information management.
  • Production and distribution online and offline publications.
  • Offering online and offline certificate and diploma courses in fisheries.

Faculty

Name Designation E-mail Mobile No
Dr.N.V.Sujathkumar Professor & Head sujathkumar@tnfu.ac.in 9443126894
Dr.K.Veerabhadran Professor veerabhadran@tnfu.ac.in 9486606839
Dr.M.Rajakumar Professor rajakumar@tnfu.ac.in 9442323749
Mrs.G.ArulOli Assistant Professor aruloli@tnfu.ac.in 9994450663
Mrs.T.Umamaheswari Assistant Professor umamaheshwari@tnfu.ac.in 7708185570

Publications

  • Sujathkumar, N.V., N. Malaichamy, K. Renuka and T.Shunmugaraj. 2012. Captive breeding of marine ornamental fish Amphiprion spp (clown fish and technology transfer to coastal communities for livelihood enhancement. Journal of Productivity. 53 (1) : 37-39.
  • Ashwini Kumar Singh, C. Jeevitha, G. Arul Oli and R.Santhakumar, 2014. Fish market structure North Bihar. A critical Analysis, Journal of Fisheries Economics and Development, XV (1), PP: 31 – 38.
  • T.Umamaheswari, R.Jayaraman, J.AmaliInfantina, M.Rajakumar, Senthiladeban and B.S.Viswanatha, 2014. Constraints analysis of ornamental fish farming and trade in Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu, Journal of Fisheries Economics and Development, XVI, Jan – June 2015, pp: 33-45.
  • Viswanatha, B.S., Senthiladeban, R., Mallesh, M., Rajakumar, M., and Amali Infantina, J, 2015. An assessment of seasonal price fluctuations of marine fishes in Mangalore, Karnataka, Journal of Fisheries Economics and Development, XV, pp: 17-24.
  • Marimuthu R, Rajakumar M and Kalidoss Radhakrishnan, 2015. Constraints Analysis of Inland Fishers in Theni Arrondissement, Tamil Nadu, International Journal of Medical Sciences & Pharmaceutical Research, vol. 1, pp: 46-51.
  • Viswanatha, B.S., Senthiladeban, R., Mallesh, M., Rajakumar, M., and AmaliInfantina, J, 2015. An assessment of seasonal price fluctuations of marine fishes in Mangalore, Karnataka, Journal of Fisheries Economics and Development, XV, pp: 17-24.
  • Kanaga, V., Jayaraman, R. and Rajakumar, M, 2015. Trends in the exports of fish and fishery products from Tamil Nadu, Journal of Fisheries Economics and Development , XVI, pp: 46-55.
  • P.Chidambaram, T.Umamaheswari, S.Hameedullah and M.Rajakumar, 2016. Techno economic analysis of carp farming practices in Krishnagiri district, Tamil Nadu, Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology, 12 (1), pp: 1-8.
  • Manimekalai. M, R.Santhakumar and N.V.Sujathkumar, 2016. Impact of fisheries technologies among the women, Journal of Fisheries Economics and Development, XV, PP: 25-32.
  • Harsha Elizabeth James and K.Veerabhadran, 2016. Empowerment through Incomes – A case study of fisherwomen in Kottayam districts of Kerala, Journal of Fisheries Economics and Development, XVII and XVIII, PP: 21-28.
  • Sruthi, K and K.Veerabhadran, 2016. Role of video education in ornamental fish culture: A study of fisherwomen in Kerala, Journal of Fisheries Economics and Development, VXVII and XVIII, PP: 45-53.
  • T.Umamaheswari, C.Sudhan, M.Rajakumar, T.Velumani, K.Ranjithkumar and A.Anuja, 2017. Effect of hygienic practices on fish landing price of commercially important marine fishes of Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu. Indian Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Research, 46 (1), pp: 891-899.
  • Arivukkarasu, K and Sujathkumar, 2017. Extension service requirements for the effective transfer of fisheries technologies. Tamil Nadu. Indian Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Research, Vol.46 (2), pp: 950-952.
  • Y.Jackiesingh, R.Santhakumar and H.Bharati, 2017. Hygienic fish handling practices by fishermen, Indian Res.Journal of Extension Education, 12(1), Pp: 36-38.
  • K.S.Vijay Amirthaaraj and G.ArulOli, 2017. Formulated feeding and production response of Pacific White Shrimp (Penaeusvannamei) in periphyton based farming, SKUSAT Journal of Research, (19), PP: 53-59.
  • Arul Oli, G., Santhakumar, R., Veerabhadran, K., Neethiselvan, N. and P.Jawahar, 2017. Extent of utilization of information communication technologies by the fishermen of coastal districts of Tamil Nadu - A comparative study, Journal of Fisheries Economics and Development, 21 (3),PP: 307-322.
  • T.Umamaheswari, M.Rajakumar and P. Chidambaram, 2017. Economics of ornamental fish farming industry in Madurai district, Tamil Nadu, Indian Journal of Fisheries, 64 (Special Issue), pp: 273 -277.
  • T.Umamaheswari, R.Jayaraman and N.Felix, 2017. An economic analysis of Aquariculture in Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu, Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics and Sociology, 16(2), pp: 1-6.
  • T.Umamaheswari, R.Jayaraman and N.Felix, 2017. Application of costing techniques in ornamental fish culture, Journal of Scientific Research & Reports, 14(6):1-10, pp: 1-10.
  • Vignesh K, Senthil Kumar V, Rajakumar M, Chidambaram P, Kanaga V, Pasupathi P and Rajarajan P, 2017. An analysis of socio-economic profile and constraints of the Indian Major Carps (IMC) seed rearing farmers in Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies, (5) Issue 4, pp. 308 – 310.
  • V Kanaga, M Rajakumar, B Sundaramoorthy, T Umamaheswari, A Brita Nicy, 2017. An economic analysis of fishing crafts in Tharuvaikulam fishing village, Tamil Nadu, International Journal of Zoology Studies, 2 (5). Pp. 36-42.
  • Vinithkumar, N,V., Sathis, T., Das, A.K., Sivaperuman, T., Raghunathas, C., Dharani, C., Kirubagaran, R., and Sujathkumar, N.V. 2018. Marine Ecosystem and Andaman and Nicobar Island – Species Abundance and Distribution. In Biodiversity and Climate Change Adaptation in Tropical Islands (Eds.) Sivapuruma, C., Velmurugan, A., Singh, A.K., and Jaisankar., I. Academic Press., Elsevier Inc., London. Pp. 217-256.