Ludhiana 27 November 2020-To promote entrepreneurship skills among fishery graduates,a national webinar on “Ornamental Fisheries- Opportunities Unlimited’ was organized by College of Fisheries (COF), Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhianain collaboration with IDP- Cell under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-National Agricultural Higher Education Project(NAHEP) project.Dr. Meera D. Ansal, Dean,College of Fisheries informed that with increasing demand for aquaria in public and private sectors, ornamental fisheries isemerging as apromising sector with diverse entrepreneurial opportunities.To ingrain entrepreneurial fervor among the students, eminent scientists and successful fisheries professional turned entrepreneurs were invited to interact with the students so as to impel them to take up ornamental fisheries as a remunerative enterprise, she added.

Dr. Saroj Swain, Director, ICAR- Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA), Bhubaneshwar (Odisha) shared his experiences in developing ornamental fish villages for tapping the sector as a commercial activity at community level. Dr. Atul Kumar Jain, an eminent Fisheries Scientist turned into Director of Ornamental Fisheries Training and Research Institute (OFTRI) founded by him in Udaipur (Rajasthan), sensitized the students about the promising mercantile opportunities in ornamental fisheries to be adopted innovatively to evolve smart attractive business outlets/service hubs. Mr. RupeshkumarSakpal, Director, Utekar Fisheries Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai (Maharashtra) shared his experiences of transformation from a fishery professional to an entrepreneur of international repute involved in developing commercial, modern hi-tech aquaria with complete solutions and services under one roof. His incredible journey to entrepreneurship from a middle-class family enlightened the audience with a spark of pioneering zeal.

Dr. Inderjeet Singh, Vice-Chancellor and Dr. S.P.S Ghuman, PI-IDP Celland Dean, College of Veterinary Science, GADVASU also impressed that it is the need of the hour to develop entrepreneurial skills among the professional graduates to convert them into job providers rather than job seekers and be self-dependent with significant socio-economic contribution as well. Dr. VaneetInderKaur, Scientist (Fisheries) organized and coordinated the webinar with scientific team comprising of Dr. SachinOnkarKhairnar and Dr. Shanthanagouda A. H.