Bangladesh Marine Fisheries Academy
Bangladesh Marine Fisheries Academy (BMFA) is a government-run training institution in Bangladesh for cadets wishing to enter the fishing industry, merchant shipping and other related maritime industries. Established in 1973, it is the only national organization offering training for these professions.
It started as Juldia Marine Academy in Juldia, CHittagong in 1962. The present academy started its journey as a project of Bangladesh Fisheries Development Corporation (BFDC) on 1 September 1973 and on 20 April 1988 it came under the administrative control of Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock as a project. But on 1 July 1993 the Academy was transferred to revenue budget under the same Ministry. Since then the Academy is functioning under the Administrative control of the Ministry. The functional authority of the Academy is vested on the Principal who has three assisting organs namely Academic Council, Board of Studies and Board of Discipline.
The academy offers a range of professional bachelor degree courses under Bangladesh National University, Gazipur. These are accredited courses, recognized throughout Bangladesh and elsewhere. The total duration of training of the cadets is three years. Out of that 1st and 2nd year training is conducted in the Academy to cover the theoretical aspects of professional and academic subjects. On completion of each year, they attend year final examination conducted by the National University. In the 3rd year they undergo practical sea training for 24 weeks on board deep sea fishing vessels and the rest of the 3rd year covers industrial training, practice and ancillary courses. On successful completion of these courses they attend final examination under National University. Thereafter the Marine Fisheries Academy training culminates with the passing out parade and award of graduation certificates.
Applications are invited from interested male citizens of Bangladesh for admission in B. Sc. (Pass) Nautical, B. Sc. (Pass) Marine Engineering and B. Sc. (Pass) Marine Fisheries Courses of Marine Fisheries Academy under the affiliation of National University, Gazipur. One candidate may apply for any one course or for all three courses. This test is conducted on HSC standard subjects like English, Physics, Chemistry and General Knowledge which are common subjects for both Nautical/ Marine Engineering and Marine Fisheries Groups, Mathematics for Nautical/ Marine Engineering Group and Biology for Marine Fisheries Group. If someone opts for all three Departmental courses then he has to appear all six subjects.
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