Central Institute of Fisheries, Nautical & Engineering Training (CIFNET),
erstwhile Central Institute of Fisheries Operatives (CIFO),
was established in 1963 at Kochi to meet the trained manpower
needs of ocean going fishing vessels and that of fishing industry,
by the Govt. of India. Subsequently two units of CIFNET were established, at Chennai, Visakhapatnam in 1968 and 1981 respectively,
for meeting the additional requirement of manpower necessitated by the expansion of marine fishing industry with large number of fishing
vessels in their fleet. The name was later upgraded consistent with its functions as ‘Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical & Engineering
Training’. CIFNET is the only national institute of its kind in the country to meet the training requirements of technical and
certified personnel such as Skippers, Mates, Engineers, Engine Drivers of ocean-going fishing vessels as stipulated in the Merchant Shipping
(Amendment) Act 1987. CIFNET is also responsible for developing the required technical manpower for supporting shore establishments.
The key objectives of the Institute are:
• To create technical manpower for the operation of Ocean going fishing vessels and to manage fishery establishments.
• To provide training for technical teachers of Maritime States and Union Territories for manning their fishermen training centres.
• To assist developing nations in the South-east Asia, Middle-east and African regions to create technical manpower for development of Marine Fisheries sector.
• To provide technical consultancy service in all its related matters with special reference to technical manpower requirement.
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