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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). 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.
The key objectives of the Institute are:
To create technical manpower for the operation of Ocean going fishing vessels
To create trained manpower 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.