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Indian marine fisheries has a long history of development from its subsistence fisheries during the pre 1950’s to full fledged modernized industrial activities of the present time. The highlight of this development activity in the marine sector was mechanization and motorization of the traditional crafts during the early years of independent India.  With the increasing outlay in the successive five year Plans, many developments took place in Indian marine fisheries sector and the methodology of catch has also undergone sea-change over the years with the introduction of modernized crafts, gears, fish finders and other modern scientific equipments. These improved new crafts needed an altogether different kind of technical expertise as operations of engine/motor/winches are involved and there was also the need for related focus on vocational training to all categories of crew on board. Read More...

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DirectorIt is my privilege to welcome you to the Web Site of Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical & Engineering Training (CIFNET), the premier Institution under the Government of India, Ministry of Fisheries & Animal Husbandry & Dairying,  Govt.of India which offers comprehensive training programmes covering various disciplines like Nautical Science, Fishing Technology, Marine Engineering, and allied areas.

CIFNET plays a pivotal role in shaping the blue revolution of the country by creating technical manpower for marine operation including fishing, navigation and marine engineering and related shore establishments.

CIFNET is the only National Institute of its kind in India and one of the premier Institutes in Asia which caters to the training requirements of technical and certified personnel to mann the ocean going fishing vessels and other fishery establishments. The Institute conducts various training programmes to meet its mandates among which BFSc(NS) affiliated to CUSAT and VNC/MFC recognized by DGET/MSDE, New Delhi are prominent.

The Institute has also expanded its mandate for training the fishermen of the coastal states under capacity building training programme under Blue Revolution.

Apart from our Head Quarters at Kochi we have 2 other units functioning one each at Chennai and Visakhapatnam. CIFNET from its inception has earned good name as the only Institution in the country to develop the skill manpower for deep sea fishery.

A major strength in CIFNET is the availability of well equipped deep sea fishery training vessels at three centres namely, M.V. Prashikshani is in Cochin, M.V. Skipper II in Chennai and M. V. Tharangini in Vishakhapatanam. Practical training in various fishing techniques like Tuna longlining, bottom trawling, Midwater trawling etc and navigating the vessel in the sea and operation and maintenance of marine engines at sea are provided through intensive onboard training through out their study period.

Trade courses provided by the institute are residential. Hence, to accommodate all the trainees, all 3 centers of CIFNET have excellent hostel facilities. At main campus CIFNET Cochin, a new modern hostel facility inaugurated in the golden jubilee year of CIFNET in 2013 and has all the facilities to accommodate 150 students at a time.

Welcome to our web, browse the needed information, interact for more details and benefit from the unique training programmes offered by this National reputed Institution-CIFNET.

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