Cochin University of Science and Technology

National Centre for Aquatic Animal Health


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(Revised under Indo-US 21st Century Knowledge Initiative project sponsored by University Grants Commission, Government of India in collaboration with Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Virginia Seafood AREC, Virginia Tech., USA)


The M.Tech. programme in Marine Biotechnology sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India is an unique educational programme in its kind in India


Why M.Tech. in Marine Biotechnology?

To ignite young talented minds having strong foundation in Science to take up major challenges which human race faces and to find practical solutions through marine biotechnological interventions. The challenges to be addressed are:

  1. Food and nutritional security through enhancement of marine/aquatic food production through intensive aquaculture
  2. Depleting fuel stock and requirement of next generation fuel (Bio-fuel) for next generation human race
  3. Climate change and need of its reversal for survival
  4. Human and animal health related issues and requirement of next generation pharmaceuticals with least or no side effects

Over above three decades, Government of India has been supporting infrastructure development and research in focused areas of Marine Biotechnology to develop novel processes and products aiming at enhancement of marine biotech industrial processes, biomedical material development, environment management and intensive aquaculture production. In any such movement, appropriate manpower with the right mind set is a vital component, and to satisfy this requirement the M.Tech. programme in Marine Biotechnology has been conceptualized. The curriculum has been built with the global concept of education 'Find Solutions to the Human Problems in Class Rooms. Through this programme we look forward to generate Academicians, Scientists, Technocrats, Entrepreneurs and Planners to address the above cited issues and to find appropriate solutions.

The programme is offered at National Centre for Aquatic Animal Health, Cochin University of Science and Technology under the supervision of an Advisory Board constituted by the University as per the directives of DBT, having Vice Chancellor as the patron.

Admission to the programme is through the Combined Entrance Examination for Biotechnology Programme [CEEB] conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.


Curriculum of M. Tech. Marine Biotechnology

Comprehensive Syllabus



Course Code


Semester 1



MBT 3101

Marine Biodiversity Conservation


MBT 3102

Marine Microbiology and Microbial Productivity of the Oceans


MBT 3103

Marine Genomics and Proteomics


MBT 3104

Marine Bioprospecting




MBT 3105

Systems and Computational Biology


MBT 3106

Animal Cell Culture and hybridoma Technology


MBT 3107

Products and Services of Oceans (Inter Disciplinary Elective)


MBT 3108

Fundamentals of finfish and shellfish taxonomy


MBT 3109

Global Fishery Resources and Sustainable Utilization




MBT 3110

Recombinant DNA Technology


MBT 3111

Hybridoma Technology



Marine Microbial Diversity

Semester 2

Theory Core

MBT 3201

Biotechnological interventions in Aquatic Animal Health


MBT 3202

Fish Genetics and High Health Brood-stock Development


MBT 3203

Bioprocess Engineering


MBT 3204

Marine Algal Biotechnology





Marine Biotechnology Industry Management



Biotechnological Innovations in Seed Production in Aquaculture


MBT 3207

Ocean Health and Sustenance of Life on Earth (Inter Disciplinary Elective)






Live Feed Organisms in Aquaculture




MBT 3210

Biotechnological Interventions in Aquatic Animal Health


MBT 3211

Bioprocess Engineering



High Health Brood Stock Development

Semester 3

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Areas of Specialization for Research Project


Sustainable Marine Food Production Systems

Marine Bio-Fuels

Climate Change and Biodiversity Conservation

Pharmaceuticals from Oceans

Research Methodology



Research Project and Seminar



Viva Voce Examination

Semester 4



Research Project: Comprising

1. Progress Review-I

2. Progress Review-II

3. Report Submission and Presentation



Viva Voce Examination

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