Bachelor of Fishery Science (Nautical Science) course BFSc(NS)


The BFSc(NS) 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 Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi and recognised by UGC. This course is approved for selection of various posts under Kerala Fisheries Subordinate Services as per Kerala Gazette Notification Vol.IX, No.1621 dated 30.06.2020. The course is also recognised by DG Shipping for certificate of competency (CoC) examinations. This course will be converted into a Residential course in due course. The eligibility is 10 plus 2 with 50% marks in all subjects of PCB or PCM and the selection of candidates for this course is through All India Entrance Examination.

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 & 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.


The Syllabus includes a detailed study of fishing, different types of fishing operation, construction of the fishing vessel, seamanship & navigation, study of engines and other machineries on board, maintenance of fishing vessels, oceanography & marine meteorology, Harvesting of fish, preservation of fish, post harvest technologies, economics of fishing among other related theories.


Fishery Biology  Nautical Class




Vessel Navigator Course (VNC) and Marine Fitter Course (MFC)

The Vessel Navigator and Marine Fitter courses are two new trade courses started by NCVT under Craftsman Training Scheme by DGET, Ministry of Labour, New Delhi.  These two courses are started with a view of producing practical tradesman in the Marine sector and manpower for the deck side and engine side of the fishing vessels.  These courses are of two years duration.


The eligibility for these courses is a pass in 10th Std with 40% marks in Maths and Science.  The selection is through entrance examination conducted by CIFNET. (Age: 15 -20 yrs).  Stipend of Rs. 1500/- per month will be paid by Government of India.


CIFNET has been approved by DGET, Ministry of Labour for starting of the trades.  These courses were started for the first time in India in CIFNET. The courses are of residential nature. 


vnc class  mfc class


On successful completion of the above courses they will be gaining Academic and practical experience in the specialized subjects like Navigation,  Marine Engineering so that they will be able to get  wider opening at the shore establishments, fishing vessels, marine crafts etc.