| Sapling plantation at Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya
There is good news for students of Assam wishing to pursue a career in fisheries. The College of Fisheries under the Assam Agricultural University has introduced a bachelor’s degree course on the subject.
With its vast water resource, Assam has an enormous potential to develop the fisheries sector. However, the state is not self-sufficient in fish production. The college, which was accredited by the Indian Council for Agricultural Research, New Delhi, was set up by the Assam government on National Highway 37 at Raha, Nagaon, in 1988 as the seventh fisheries college under the university in Jorhat. The aim of the college is to increase fish production and transfer the technology to the rural people. The college has adequate infrastructure.
The teachers with their qualifications and experience in the fisheries industry help the students develop their academic skills and knowledge. The bachelor’s course includes practical training, which will improve the students’ prospects while applying for jobs in the department of fisheries.
The institute has been successful in its research projects, too. It has developed technologies for improving the environment of Assam and created a model of carp hatchery and a low-cost portable carp hatchery. Its research on breeding of ornamental fishes of Assam, magur breeding, integrated fish farming, fish feed production and others have also met with success.
Some of the ongoing research are on breeding and rearing of freshwater prawn, effects of chemicals on Indian major carp and breeding and rearing of important ornamental fishes of Assam. For further information, students can contact the officer on special duty at (03672) 285719, 285801 or the dean of the faculty of veterinary science, Assam Agricultural University, at (0361) 2337700, 2331135.
The Cairina Eco-club of Vivekananda Vidyalaya observed World Environment Day in the school premises at Laipuli, Tinsukia, recently. Chanting the slogan “Ghar Ghar Main Khushialee, Jab Hum Banayee Hariali”, the students planted 38 saplings of krishnachura, sonaro, neem, devdaru and other plants to mark the occasion.
After the plantation drive, the students made a resolution to plant more saplings and nurture them, to keep the environment clean and to use water and energy judiciously. Vishwas Lapalkar, secretary of the administrative body of Vivekananda Kendriya Vidyalaya of Assam and Nagaland, delivered a speech, which was followed by a mime on deforestation performed by the students.
| The inter-school elocution competition under way at Little Flower School, Dibrugarh
The Lalit Chandra Bharali College recently organised an environment awareness camp at Dakhin Guwahati Lachitgarh High School, Garchuk, with a daylong programme. College principal K. Barman inaugurated the programme by planting a sapling of a medicinal plant.
An art competition on Our Environment was also organised on the occasion. About 40 students from nearby schools participated in the contest. In the open session, presided over by headmaster of Dakhin Guwahati Lachitgarh Middle English School Jogesh Rajbonshi, students of Lalit Chandra Bharali College delivered three speeches on different topics. A newsletter called Environment News, edited by Dilip Kumar Deka, head of the environment science department, was released by Barman. The department of environmental science and the students jointly conducted a survey among 200 families on the quality of drinking water in the Garchuk area.
The North Eastern Society for Environmental Conservation, Dibrugarh branch, recently organised an inter-school elocution competition for students of Classes IX and X at Little Flower School. Altogether 11 schools participated in the competition. The first prize went to Devangana Kalita of Class X of Little Flower School. Compiled by Pranab Kumar Nath