Vice - Chancellor
Tamil Nadu Dr.J.Jayalalitha Fisheries University
The Tamil Nadu Dr.J.Jayalalithaa Fisheries University is in the phase of an exciting and significant transformation that will build on strengths and global reputation for Fisheries Education in a world-class learning environment. A significant and welcome boost was the expansion of the university constituent units by placing its foot in many allied sectors of fisheries. This was a major milestone for the University, and its staff and students, and allows us to look to the future with confidence. On behalf of the University community, I want to thank the Government for its substantial commitment, which will enable us to create a modern tertiary institution that continues to support research intensive tertiary education to uplift the fisheries and aquaculture sector. We are extremely fortunate to have an able administrator par excellence as the Chancellor of this University. The Hon’ble Governor Thiru. Banwarilal Purohit’s advice and uninhibited support serve as key motivating factors for us to move ahead rapidly in ensuring quality education, outstanding research and effective outreach programmes to serve the people of this great State.
I am sincerely indebted to our Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Thiru.Edappadi K.Palaniswami for his enormous support to enhance the quality of Fisheries Education in India. The Pro-Chancellor & Hon’ble Minister for Fisheries and Personnel & Administrative Reforms, Government of Tamil Nadu, Thiru. D. Jayakumar is instrumental behind all the initiatives and activities for the successful functioning of this unique University. He has been a source of constant strength and encouragement in all our endeavours. The shower of support from the government bureaucrats notably the chief minister secretary Dr.Vijayakumar, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Secretary Dr.K.Gopal and other IAS officials names will be definitely carved in our University for their dedicated contribution. In April 2019, I have completed my second full cycle of annual activities at TNJFU.
It was a year of renewal and reinvigoration, as the university has placed its stride in many aspects by establishing a new college of Fish Nutrition and Food Technology (CFNFT) for offering self finance B.Tech programmes. TNJFU also conquered the first position to operate ICAR-KVK at Sikkal, Nagapattinam under its umbrella among the fisheries universities in the country. Ours is a very young but very vibrant University. We celebrated its 6th Foundation Day recently and I am extremely happy to report to you that in such a short span of time the University has got a very high visibility and has been recognized as an institution that is involved in a very high quality teaching and research in diverse fields. The University has also received the NABL accreditation for its quality assurance laboratory.
The University campus is home to around 1500 students from different states of the country and abroad. The demand for various courses in the University is also very high. Our enduring mission, harness the science of fisheries in the State for food, nutrition and livelihood forms the bedrock of our strategy. We are working to adapt and strengthen the University in this challenging economic and competitive environment. We ensure to offer high-quality education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential. The long term struggle on the reopening of main administrative building has been sorted out and the University headquarters has been shifted to its own building parallel to the Vettar river channel at Nagapattinam district. The revamping of the Post graduate syllabus has been entrusted under my chairmanship by ICAR and our University faculty have also been assigned to complete this important task. My aspiration to make a TNJFU as an Unique university in outperforming of all the activities has been reinstated by conducting several National and International Symposiums on Aquaculture and Fisheries Sector.
Recruitment of the University officers for the positions of Registrar, Director of Research and Dean for Ponneri Fisheries College has been conducted for the governance of the University. The development of an online faculty review assessment, revamping of the TNJFU website and recruitment of assistant professors, subject matter specialists and non-teaching staff further strengthen the pillars of the university. Last year University has witnessed a greater focus on building research facilities augmented by funding from various national and international funding agencies. Many new labs have been added in various constituent units during this year. Resources have been generated by the faculty through sponsored research projects which adds value to their research and technology development. Faculty members of the University have actively involved themselves in consultancy projects from various industries. Currently 30 research and consultancy projects funded by various national and international funding agencies like DST, DBT, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Environment etc are ongoing with a total budget outlay of over Rs. 3906.78 Lakhs. I offer congratulations to the faculty members for getting these grants. Many students and faculty members have got benefited of exchange programmes such as RAWE through abroad international programmes. I am sure that the number of extramural projects will further increase during this year.
Our stronger financial results provide us with the means to embark on a range of exciting new strategic projects. The strategic plan envisions the development of infrastructure commensurate with the anticipated increases in research needs and in the numbers of the faculty and students. Plans are well advanced across campus for enhancements to our information technology (IT) infrastructure, new state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities and other initiatives to positively impact the student experience. The tie ups with private institutions was also given due importance by signing MoU’s for the collaborative programmes and researches. The research works of the post graduate students were taken utmost care by conducting Synopsis and Pre thesis seminars and amidst of my busy administrative works I enjoyed immersing myself in bringing out the quality research from the young minds.
TNJFU Publications such as “Meenvalasudar” magazine and Monthly Newsletter were brought out in fresh design format for publication. We face many financial demands: maintaining and improving our track record of research and teaching excellence as well as refurbishing and maintaining campus so that we can be proud of world-class teaching and research facilities. Recognising the internal and external opportunities and challenges has led us to start work on a new Strategy for the University, as well as maintaining and enhancing our outstanding academic and pedagogical track record, we also want to make the University, more international, make a quantum leap in how we manage and maintain our estate, achieve greater financial sustainability and build on our academic distinctiveness.
My second year tenure ship have stabilised the past challenges and I know our University is ready, able and equipped to continue these successes, with the financial resilience and adaptive capacity to embrace whatever the future holds. Amidst the change, the University has continued to deliver on its vision and is proud of how much has been accomplished. In 2018-19, we were once again ranked as one of the top 25 universities in India and 1st among SAU’s in Tamil Nadu. It fills me with tremendous satisfaction to see how our staff, students and graduates are using their education and experiences at the University to realise their dreams and make their mark. TNJFU seeks to rise in those rankings whose parameters are in alignment with the institution’s objectives. TNJFU aims to attract the brightest students from diverse backgrounds and offer them an excellent education. The Strategic Plan seeks to leverage the traditional strengths of TNJFU and to acquire or develop new strengths. In particular, it seeks to nurture large groups of faculties working on transformational technologies that have the potential to address the societal challenges faced in India today with regard to climate, animal health, nutrition & natural resources conservation etc. By the next year, the University will complete this significant, yet vital, change process successfully. We are now implementing our new structure and looking to the future with a great deal of excitement and optimism. Our focus in the year ahead will be on the formulation of our education strategies and on the relationship between our teaching and research missions.
I would like to thank our University officers, teaching faculty, non-teaching staff, students, graduates and many friends for their ongoing support, commitment to our success and involvement. At this juncture, I also record my super thanks to my beloved family members for their sacrifices in carrying out my duties. It has been a humbling experience and unparalleled privilege to lead this dynamic, young University in my second year tenure of Vice-Chancellor. I look forward to building on our traditions and significant achievements of the past year and to continuing to nurture and support our dedicated staff and talented students to achieve their full potential.
S. Felix Vice-Chancellor