Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies

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Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies
Established 2010
Type Public University
Chancellor Governor of Kerala
Location Kochi, Kerala, India

Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) is a university established by Government of Kerala devoted to studies in fisheries and ocean sciences. The Bill seeking to establish the University was passed by the Kerala Legislative Assembly on 30 December 2010.[1] KUFOS has its headquarters in the premises of the College of Fisheries, Panangad, near Kochi. The College of Fisheries, established in the year 1979, was a constituent college of the Kerala Agricultural University.[2] KUFOS is the first University in India exclusively dedicated to studies in fisheries and allied disciplines.[3] The University was formally inaugurated and dedicated to the nation in a function held at the campus of the College of Fisheries, Panangad, on 20 February 2011.

Dr. B. Madhusoodhana Kurup, a member of Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority and Director of the School of Industrial Fisheries, Cochin University of Science and Technology, is the inaugural Vice-Chancellor of the University. Dr Mohanakumaran nair, Dean and head of Department of aquaculture, college of fisheries, panangad is the first Pro Vice-chancellor of the University. Dr Tresa Radhakrishnan of Aquatic Biology Department of the Kerala University is the first Registrar of the university.[4]

The Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies ( KUFOS ) is an autonomous public funded institution established on 20th November 2010, and governed by the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies Act, 2010 passed by the Kerala Law ( Legislation 1 ) Department vide Notification No. 19540 / Leg.1 / 2010/Law dated 28 January 2011. This is the first Fisheries University in India coming under the Fisheries Ministry with its headquarters at Panangad, 12 km. away from Kochi city, along the NH-47. Ernakulam South Railway Station is the nearest Railway Station, 12 km away from the campus. Total land area is 69.10 acres.

College of Fisheries, Panangad, Kochi and the Fisheries Research Station, Puduvype were disaffiliated from Kerala Agricultural University to form KUFOS which started functioning with effect from 1 st April 2011. This is the primary and principal instrumentality of Kerala State in providing human resources, skills and technology required for the sustainable development of Fisheries and Ocean Studies. It acts as a centre of excellence for human resource development in Fisheries and Ocean Studies and the nodal agency to establish relationship with institutions and universities functioning at national and international level. The mission of the University is to serve as a flagship University of higher learning through demonstrated and growing excellence in teaching, research, extension, training, scholarship and creative work in Fisheries and Ocean studies, comparable with global standards that will benefit the country and the world at large.

Her Excellency the Governor of Kerala Smt. Sheila Dixit is the Chancellor and the Hon.Minister for Fisheries Sri K. Babu is the Pro-Chancellor of the University. The supreme authority of the University is the Senate and the chief executive body is the Governing Council. The Vice- Chancellor is the principal executive who is assisted by the Pro-Vice chancellor, Registrar, Finance Officer, Deans of Faculties, Controller of examination, Director of Research, Director of Extension, Directors of Schools and Heads of Departments.The state government has planned to develop the ground inside the KUFOS campus into an international stadium for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017 which is to be held in India.


The study of Fisheries Science has got vast opportunities in Aquaculture, artificial breeding, fish culture and also in exploiting the immense fishery resources. Teaching is carried out at the Panangad campus of the University. The University has world renowned, eminent teacher scientists, full-fledged laboratories, fish hatcheries, farms, library and computer lab. National Service Scheme, NCC ( Naval Wing ), Placement Cell and the Parent Teacher Association take care of the extra-curricular activities of the students. Ample facilities are there for sports and games. Hostel facility is available for both boys and girls.

The University offers Under graduate ( B.F.Sc.), Post-graduate( M.F.Sc.) and Doctoral (Ph.D. ) programmes in Fisheries Science under the Faculty of Fisheries. The courses under the Faculty of Fisheries are offered in full compliance with the ICAR pattern. Post–graduate programmes are offered in four disciplines and Doctoral programmes in three disciplines. There are 50 seats for the B.F.Sc. programme out of which 31 seats are open. Seven seats are allotted to ICAR candidates and six reserved for children of fishermen. Out of the 14 seats for the M.F.Sc. programme, 4 seats are allotted to ICAR candidates.

In the academic year 2012-2013, the University started Post Graduate courses in MBA under School of Management and Entrepreneurship, Physical Oceanography & Ocean Modelling (M.Sc.-PO & OM),and Biological Oceanography & Bio-Diversity (M.Sc.-BO & BD.[5]

Kerala Students Union, Kufos is the major political organisation in the campus.[6]


  • Bachelor’s degree in the Fisheries Science (B.F.Sc)
  • Master’s degree in the Fisheries Science (M.F.Sc)
  • School of Aquaculture
  • School of Fisheries Resources Management
  • School of Aquatic Products and Technology
  • Master's degree in Biological Oceanography and Biodiversity(M Sc.BO&BD)
  • Master's degree in Physical Oceanography and Ocean modelling(M Sc.PO&OM)
  • MBA


  1. ^ "Fisheries varsity Bill passed". The Hindu. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "College of Fisheries, Panangad". Kerala Agricultural University. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Clearance for fisheries university". The Hindu. 24 June 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Madhusoodhana Kurup first VC of Fisheries varsity". Mathrubhumi Education. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
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