Central Institute Of Fisheries Nautical & Engineering Training

The Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical & Engineering Training (CIFNET) established at Cochin in 1963 by Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture, is the only institution of its kind in the country for conducting technical training courses for officers and staff required for manning the fishing vessels statutorily as per Merchant Shipping Act and for manning shore based fisheries establishments. Subsequently to meet the increased demand of technical trained manpower, two Units of the Institute were set up - one at Chennai in 1968 and the other at Vishakhapatnam in 1981.

ii. Objectives

a) To create technical manpower to man ocean going fishing vessels and to run infrastructural establishment and to create technical teachers to man the fisheries training centres attached to the maritime states and Union Territories.
b) To provide technical consultancy services in all matters concerning marine fisheries with special reference to technical manpower requirements. 
c) To conduct studies on fishing crafts, gear and equipments and provide extension and training support to accelerate advancement in fishery technology for enhancing productivity of fishermen and increasing marine fish production.
d) To assist developing nations in the South-East Asia, Middle East and Africa to create technical manpower for development of Marine Fisheries.
e) To impart short term advanced technical training at graduate and post graduate levels. 

iii. Training Programmes

The Institute offers two main courses namely Mate Fishing Vessel Course and Engine Driver Fishing Vessel Course of 18 months duration each for preparing candidates for Fishing Vessel Competency Certificate Examination conducted by Marine Mercantile Department. Apart from two main courses Institute also offers ancillary training courses and short-term courses

iv. Fishery Training Vessels

CIFNET has 3 well-equipped fishery training vessels for providing on board practical training to candidates undergoing institutional training in the core courses and for providing qualifying sea service for post-institutional trainees who have to learn as per Merchant Shipping Examination Rules. The vessel M.V. Prashikshani is attached to the HQ at Kochi. The other vessels M.V. Skipper II and M.V. Skipper III are based at Chennai Unit and Vizag Unit respectively.