Course offered : 4 year Bachelor of Fishery Science (Nautical Science)
Central Institute of Fisheries, Nautical and Engineering Training (CIFNET), erstwhile Central Institute of Fisheries Operatives (CIFO), was established in 1963 at Kochi to meet the trained manpower needs of ocean going fishing vessels and that of fishing industry, by the Govt. of India. Subsequently two units of CIFNET were established, at Chennai, Visakhapatnam in 1968 and 1981 respectively, for meeting the additional requirement of manpower necessitated by the expansion of marine fishing industry with large number of fishing vessels in their fleet. The name was later upgraded consistent with its functions as Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training (CIFNET). CIFNET is the only national institute of its kind in the country to meet the training requirements of technical and certified personnel such as Skippers, Mates, Engineers, Engine Drivers of ocean going fishing vessels as stipulated in the Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act. 1987. CIFNET is also responsible for developing the required technical manpower for supporting shore establishments.
No. of seats : 40 (General 31, NRI 1, Foreign National 1, Lateral Entry System 7)
About the course : The B.F.Sc.(N.S.) course offered by CIFNET is a 4 year (8 Semester) programme mainly concerned with study of fish capturing techniques, nautical science and operation of fishing vessels. This programme has an exhaustive curriculum designed to provide profound practical knowledge on various aspects of the fishing and nautical sciences. This Degree course is affiliated to CUSAT (Cochin University of Science and Technology), Kochi. This course will be converted into a Residential course in due course.
This 4 year programme will be producing a new generation of experts in the fishing field who will be able to take up any challenges in the operation of fishing vessels and related research and academic spheres with confidence.
The candidate who have successfully passed this degree and the basic modular courses with required sea experience are exempted from all written papers and directly (without Post Sea courses) appear for the Mate Fishing Vessel oral examination leading to the issuance of Certificate of competency as Mate of a fishing vessel.
Note : Candidate with PCM group will be directly eligible for GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System) after BFSc(NS) degree. GMDSS is an internationally agreed-upon set of safety procedures, types of equipment, and communication protocols used to increase safety and make it easier to rescue distressed ships, boats and aircraft.
Reservation : Out of the 31 Open seats, 27%, 15%, 7.5% and 10% seats are reserved for OBC, SC, ST and EWS students respectively
Selection criteria : Weightage of 50% for entrance test, 50% for qualifying exam result and interview
NRI candidates need not come through entrance examination. Sponsorship by Non-resident India is only essential. If more candidates apply in this category, the selection will be on the basis of academic merit and performance in the interview
Foreign National candidates need Sponsorship of a foreign organisation. If more candidates apply in this category, the selection will be on the basis of academic merit.
Hostel facility : Hostel facility within the campus will be provided according to the availability only. Girls hostel not available.