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Tamil Nadu Dr J Jayalalithaa Fisheries University

Tamil Nadu Dr J Jayalalithaa Fisheries University (TNJFU)  began during 1973 when the Department of Fisheries was started in Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU). The Fisheries College was upgraded as Fisheries College and Research Institute (FCRI) during the year 1989. The Fisheries College and Research Institute (FCRI), Thoothukudi became a constituent Institute of Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) from 1989. Tamil Nadu Fisheries University (TNJFU) was established on June 19, 2012 with head quarters at Nagapattinam. In due course of time, the TNJFU have gained widespread recognition as University of excellence.

Vision of Tamil Nadu Dr J Jayalalithaa Fisheries University 

  • Become a leading technological university, ranked in the global top 50 among the Major Fisheries Universities.
  • Become as renowned for postgraduate education and research as for the flagship undergraduate programme.
  • Earn the recognition among students and research scholars that TNJFU is a ‘happening’ campus.
  • Establish a track record as a creator of new and innovative technologies for industrial and national needs.
  • Incubate successful start-ups creating innovative products and business models using the knowledge and technologies developed by the Institute.
  • Build the TNJFU up to its full capacity and create a world-class ecosystem for collaborative research with industry and for incubation.
  • Provide an invigorating work environment for faculty and staff, where merit and hard work are recognised and rewarded.
  • Be a model university campus in terms of sustainability, usage of energy and water and recycling of materials.
  • Be an institute that is sought for international collaborations leading to exchange of students and faculty and joint degree programmes.

Academic Programs of Tamil Nadu Dr J Jayalalithaa Fisheries University

Bachelor of Fisheries Science

The Bachelor of Fisheries Science (B.F.Sc) degree programme is offered in three campuses:

(1) Fisheries College and Research Institute, Thoothukudi 
(2) Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Fisheries College and Research Institute, Ponneri and
(3) Dr. M.G.R Fisheries College and Research Institute, Thalainayeru 
A total of 140 students are admitted every year in BFSc degree programme excluding NRI and foreign category.

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B.E (Fisheries Engineering)

The degree is offered as a four year programme following semester system from the year 2015-16 with an intake of 20 students per year.

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Master of Fisheries Science

Master of Fisheries Science is offered in following disciplines

  • Aquaculture
  • Fisheries Biology and Resource Management
  • Fisheries Extension
  • Fish Processing Technology
  • Fishing Technology and Fisheries Engineering
  • Fisheries Biotechnology
  • Fish Pathology and Health Management
  • Fisheries Environment Management
  • Fish Quality Assurance and Management

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Ph.D

Ph.D is offered in the following disciplines

  • Aquaculture
  • Fisheries Biology and Resource Management
  • Fisheries Economics
  • Fish Processing Technology
  • Aquatic Environment Management
  • Fish Quality Assurance and Management
  • Fisheries Extension

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Admission in Tamil Nadu Dr J Jayalalithaa Fisheries University

Only candidates belonging to Tamil Nadu State who possess the relevant qualifying degree can register for these programmes. Candidates will be shortlisted for admission to the programmes on the basis of marks secured in the qualifying degree examination. 

How to Apply

  • Candidates must apply for admission through online registration process and submit completed application. All fields in the application form should be correctly and completely filled-in with the relevant information.
  • Candidate should log on to the university website and follow the given steps:
  • In the “Admissions” section, click on “Online Application” Link
  • Click on “Apply Now” button and fill-in the application form
  • Click on “Save” button if you need to make any changes or click on “Submit” button if all the particulars are correct
  • Upon clicking “Submit” button, pay the registration fee through the available online payment modes
  • Upon successful submission, the candidate will receive a confirmation mail along with your Login ID and Application Number
  • Candidate must download the completed applications for subsequent use
The candidate must bring his downloaded application and the following certificates in original along with two sets of attested copies at the time of counselling:   

  • HSC/CBSE/other equivalent mark sheet   
  • Transfer Certificate   
  • Community Certificate (For OC candidates community certificate not required)   
  • Certificates for Special categories, if required     
  • Nativity Certificate if required      
  • First Graduate Certificate and Joint declaration form, if required

Research in Tamil Nadu Dr J Jayalalithaa Fisheries University


The Directorate of Research monitors the research activities of the faculty of Tamil Nadu Fisheries University, Nagapattinam through exchange of research innovations in fisheries. Further, the overall research of Tamil Nadu Fisheries University has been reviewed periodically and necessary guidelines issued. The focus areas of research include:

  • Aquaculture
  • Coastal Aquaculture
  • Fish Health Management
  • Fisheries Resource Management
  • Aquatic Environment 
  • Harvest
  • Fisheries Biotechnology
  • Post Harvest
  • Extension
  • Economics
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Tamil Nadu Dr J Jayalalithaa Fisheries University
First Line Beach Road,
Nagapattinam – 611 001.
Phone: 04365- 240558

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