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About Department

Department of Marine Sciences was established in  the year 1978 in Berhampur University. Berhampur University is the only university in the state which offers M.Sc, M.Phil. and Ph. D/D.Sc. courses in Oceanography and Marine Biology. The prime objective to establish such a department was to prepare quality manpower in the field of Marine Sciences, both through teaching and research, to meet the demand of the state as well the country. Orissa has a long coastline of 480 Km. and is bestowed with unique ecosystems, estuaries, coastal and marine living and non-living resources and beautiful sandy beaches. Developmental activities such as construction of ports and harbors, aquaculture and other industries, tourism etc. are mostly concentrated along the coastal belt. But coastal hazards such as cyclones and floods, which very often ravage the Orissa coast, retard the developmental activities to a large extent. Keeping in view the strategic importance of the coastal areas of Orissa for defence, tourisim etc., the Govt. of Orissa in co-ordination with the Central Government has initiated the integrated Coastal Zone Management( ICZM)  programme for all round development of the state.Therefore to promote such activities and to make sustainable management of the natural and physical resources of the coastal environment, and to provide the right momentum to the developmental activities, there is an imminent need to involve skilled manpower in the field of Marine Sciences. The Department of Marine Sciences has been striving to achieve this goal since its inception. Besides the development of the state, the students of Marine Sciences are actively involved in the national and international development and a few of them have proved themselves as leaders in the field of Marine Sciences and allied subjects.

Master Degree (M.Sc.)

About Course Programme

Department of Marine Sciences was established in the year 1978 in Berhampur University. Berhampur University is the only university in the state which offers M.Sc, M.Phil. and Ph.D/D.Sc. courses in Oceanography and Marine Biology. The prime objective to establish such a department was to prepare quality manpower in the field of Marine Sciences, both through teaching and research, to meet the demand of the state as well the country. Orissa has a long coastline of 480 Km. and is bestowed with unique ecosystems, estuaries, coastal and marine living and non-living resources and beautiful sandy beaches. Developmental activities such as construction of ports and harbors, aquaculture and other industries, tourism etc. are mostly concentrated along the coastal belt. But coastal hazards such as cyclones and floods, which very often ravage the Orissa coast, retard the developmental activities to a large extent. Keeping in view the strategic importance of the coastal areas of Orissa for defence, tourism etc., the Govt. of Orissa in co-ordination with the Central Government has initiated the integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) programme for all round development of the state. Therefore to promote such activities and to make sustainable management of the natural and physical resources of the coastal environment, and to provide the right momentum to the developmental activities, there is an imminent need to involve skilled manpower in the field of Marine Sciences. The Department of Marine Sciences has been striving to achieve this goal since its inception. Besides the development of the state, the students of Marine Sciences are actively involved in the national and international development and a few of them have proved themselves as leaders in the field of Marine Sciences and allied subjects. While pursuing master degree in Oceanography students are trained in the advanced areas of Chemical, Geological, Physical and Biological oceanography, Meteorology, Mathematics & Statistics and Remote Sensing. Marine Biology students are trained in the fields of General Oceanography, Mathematics & Statistics, Fishery Biology, Fish Technology, Aquaculture, Marine Ecology and Pollution, Plankton and Productivity. Besides they are also trained in remote sensing applications.

Mission

  • To provide quality education in the field of Oceanography, Marine Biology and allied fields and produce skilled manpower
  • To provide academic support to post graduate / M.Phil / Research programmes of the university in the discipline of Marine Sciences.
  • To provide extension services to the user agencies in advisory capacity or by undertaking operational projects as service provider.
  • To undertake cutting edge R&D projects and organize workshop/ seminars / trainings to promote the courses of Marine Sciences.

How to Enter into the Course Programme

Dept. of Marine Sciences is offering two years (4 semester) Post Graduate Programme in Oceanography and Marine Biology. The admission to this programme is being done on the basis of the marks secured in the qualifying B.Sc Examination and carrier marks taken together.

  1. Eligibility condition for OCEANOGRAPHY: Students with B.Sc degree in Physics and Chemistry/ Geology/Mathematics/Environment/Water management/Environmental Science/Geography/Computer Science are eligible for admission to Oceanography.
  2. Eligibility condition for MARINE BIOLOGY: Students with B.Sc. degree in Botany and Zoology/ Chemistry/Biological Techniques/Specimen preservation/Environmental Science are eligible for admission to Marine Biology.

Curriculum / Syllabi

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Class Schedule

There are six working days in a week. The classes are held as per the time table for each semester.

M.Phil

About Course Programme

No of seats in M. Phil

Oceanography: 1

Marine Biology: 1

How to Enter into the Course Programme

A candidate having M.Sc. degree in Oceanography and Marine Biology is eligible to take admission into the respective streams after successful completion of entrance test conducted by the university followed by an interview. The entrance test comprises of one paper of 100 marks (50 marks objective type questions and 50 marks for short answer type questions).

Curriculum / Syllabi

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Class Schedule

There are six working days in a week. The classes are held as per the time table for each semester. Besides, the students also take advice of the concerned guide and prepare their dissertations.

Ph.D.

About Course Programme

Ph. D degrees are offered in Marine Sciences ( Oceanography and Marine Biology). The Ph. D studies are being undertaken in the fields of Physical Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, Geological Oceanography, Meteorology, Remote Sensing and GIS applications to Coastal Zone Management, EIA studies, Marine Fisheries, Biological Oceanography and Pollution etc..

How to Enter into the Course Programme

Marine science is an interdisciplinary subject. A candidate with at least 55% marks or an equivalent grade and 50% of marks or an equivalent grade for SC & ST and Physically challenged candidate in relevant subjects at M.Sc. level is eligible to appear at the university research eligibility test (URET).

Curriculum / Syllabi

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Course Schedule

After admission into the Ph. D programme a candidate is required to undertake course work on a regular basis for a minimum period of one semester. The course work shall comprise of three papers of 100 marks each and two papers of 50 marks each.

D.Sc.

Candidates are eligible to undergo D.SC. programme after completion of Ph. D in the relevant subjects and should have at least three research articles published in international/national peer reviewed journals of repute.

There is no course work for D.Sc.

People

Dr. Pratap Kumar Mohanty
Professor
M.Sc, M.Phil, Ph. D
E-Mail: pratap_mohanty@yahoo.com
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Dr. Pratap Kumar Mohanty is a Professor at the Marine Sciences Department and presently the Director, IQAC Berhampur University, India. He obtained his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He has been in the teaching profession for more than 28 years. Professor Mohanty is a Fellow of Commonwealth (U.K). He was a Visiting Scientist at the Walker Institute, University of Reading, U.K. from July-September, 2007. He has to his credit more than 85 research publications in reputed journals, edited volumes and conference proceedings. Most of his publications are in the fields of monsoon studies, coastal processes and climate change. Professor Mohanty has edited two volumes. One of those, published by Springer, is on “Monitoring and Modelling of Lakes and Coastal Environments”. He has successfully completed more than ten research, development and consultancy projects. Professor Mohanty has participated in more than 15 different international conferences held in UK, China, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Newzealand, Thailand etc. He has delivered several invited lecturers in different overseas universities and research institutes (like Royal Society, London, Monash University, CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology, Australia, Cambridge University, Plymouth University, Reading University, UK and East China Normal University, China etc.) Professor Mohanty was a member of the state Coastal Zone Management Authority, Odisha during 2008-2011 and is presently nominated as a Member of the State Expert Appraisal Committee constituted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. Nine scholars have already received/submitted their Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Mohanty. He is at present shouldering many other responsibilities in the Berhampur University like Director, International Collaboration, Director of Innovation-cum- Incubation Centre, and Coordinator, Special Assistance Programme (UGC).

Dr. Shesdev Patro
Assistant Professor & Coordinator
Ph. D
E-Mail: sp.ms@buodisha.edu.in
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Dr. Shesdev Patro has completed his Ph.D. degree in marine biology and oceanography from Pondicherry University, Port Blair Campus, Andaman. His specialization was on Marine Biotechnology, including laboratory culture of fouling organism like barnacles, culture of live feed, extraction and purification of bioactive compounds, bioassay tests etc. He joined as a lecturer in Department of Marine Sciences, Berhampur University in 2016. Prior to join in Berhampur University, he was working as Scientist B in National Centre for Sustainable Coastal management under Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change during 2013 to 2016. He has done extensive surveys in various coastal ecological habitats such as coral reefs, mangroves and salt marshes spread along the nation including islands of Andaman and Nicobar. He has many national and international publications published in peer reviewed journals and as book chapters to his credit. Additionally, Dr. Patro is an Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver certified by PADI, Australia and conducted many under water surveys in coral reef and seagrass ecosystems of Andaman, Maharashtra, Goa and Tamil Nadu.

Mr Saripa Kumar Pradhan

Office Assistant

E Mail: saripkumarpradhan@gmail.com

  

Facilities

Seminar Library

Department has an independent Seminar Hall with audio-visual system where weekly students seminar are conducted under the supervision of a Teacher-In-Charge. Department has its own library with about 1200 books and several journals / newsletters. Once in a week the students are utilizing the library facility.

Computing

The department has a centralized computer laboratory equipped with internet facility, PC and Server. Softwares such as ERDAS Imagine, Arc-view, MATLAB, Surfer, Stitistica and other statistical packages are available.

Laboratories

The Department has six students’ practical laboratories viz, Marine Biology, Fisheries, Marine Chemistry, Marine Geology, Physical Oceanography & Meteorology, and Remote Sensing.

Student Project Work

Students are assigned with project works and used to go to field for field work.

Study Tour

Study tour is a part of the course curriculum. The students visit various national institutes and laboratories relating to ocean science research. Field studies and study tours to different institutes / National laboratories in the area of Marine Sciences are conducted every year.

Research

Research Thrust Areas in the Department

Geochemistry, Remote Sensing and GIS Applications to coastal water, Coastal processes, climate change, EIA Studies, Coastal biodiversity, Coastal aquaculture, Primary Productivity and coastal pollution.

Project Execution in the Department (Ongoing and Completed)

Sl. No

Name & address of the Principal Investigator

Name of the Project

Funding Agency

Cost of the Project(Lakh)

Duration of the project

1

Dr. P.K. Mohanty,

 Professor

Environmental Monitoring of Gopalpur port during and after construction of all weather direct berthing port (Consultancy Project)

Gopalpur Ports Ltd

169.00

2012-2021

2

Dr. P.K. Mohanty,

 Professor

Prediction of coastal water quality under coastal research scheme

Ministry of Earth Sciences

113.00

2018-2021

3

Dr. P.K. Mohanty,

 Professor

Value addition of Marine Fishery products( startup project)

Planning and Convergence Department, Govt. of Odisha.

29.40

2016-continuing

4

Dr. Shesdev Patro,

Assistant Professor

Marine Biodiversity Study of Dhamra (Consultancy Project)

Dhamara Port Co. Ltd.

11.48

2016-2017

5

Dr. K.C. Sahu,

Professor

SATCORE

(National Network Project) Characterizing coastal water quality using bio-optical properties with special emphasis to phytoplankton size class

INCOIS, Govt. of India

65.03

2012-2017

6

Dr. B.K. Sahu, Former Professor.

Biogeochemical Control and Feedbacks on Primary Production in NE-Coast of Bay of Bengal off Mahanadi Estuary, Orissa

Ministry of Earth Sciences

13.47

2008-2012

7

Dr. B.K. Sahu, Former Professor

“Monitoring and Surveillance of Harmful Algal Blooms in the Indian EEZ

Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India

10.23

2007-2012

8

Dr. K.C. Sahu, Professor,

SATCORE

(National Network Project) In-situ analysis of bio-optical properties of water quality parameters off Rushikulya Estuary and southern coast of Orissa

INCOIS, Govt. of India

41.93

2009-2012

9

Dr. P.K. Mohanty, Professor

Rainfall characteristics and water chemistry of southern Orissa in relation to varied weather conditions

DST, Govt. of India

21.9

2007-2010

10

Dr. P.K. Mohanty, Professor

Shoreline Management Plan for Gopalpur coast and shoreline changes through satellite data

Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India

35.86

2007-2010

11

Dr. P.K. Mohanty, Professor

Preparation of Detailed Project Report on ICZMP, Orissa

Chilika Development Authority, Govt. of Odisha

1.20

2008-2011

12

Dr. P.K. Mohanty, Professor

EIA Study on the construction of Lighthouse at Dhamra

Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India

2.65

Feb., 2010 –April, 2010

13

Dr. P.K. Mohanty, Professor

Temperature and Rainfall characteristics in the eastern ghats region of southern Orissa covering Malkangiri and Koraput districts

DST, Govt. of India

18.25

2009-2012

 

Achievements:

Staff and their achievements

  • Prof. P.K. Mohanty has been nominated as the Member of State Expert Appraisal Committee constituted by the  Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India, New Delhi from 2019 to 2022

Students/research scholars & their achievements

  • Dr Rabindra Kumar Sahoo joined as Scientist D in the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India
  • Ms. Sreepada Bal secured 1st position in the GeoScientist Examination conducted by the UPSC.
  • Ms. Latika Patel, M.Sc. (Oceanography) has cleared C.S.I.R. NET LS (2018)
  • Mr. Yudhistir Reddy, M.Sc. (Oceanography) has joined as Doctoral Research fellow at UQAM (Universite du Quebec a Montreal), Canada
  • Mr. Chandanlal Parida, Ph.D. scholar of the department has joined as Research Associate in Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
  • Ms. Ranjana Yadav, M.Sc. student of the department has joined National Institute of Oceanography, CSIR, Goa as Ph.D. Research Scholar.
  • Ms. Arunima Panigrahy and Ms. Amita Choudhury were selected as Research Fellow in National Institute of Oceanography, Mumbai

Events

 

  • Interactive Workshop on Remote Sensing and GIS Applications to Disaster Monitoring
  • National Conference on Integrated Coastal Zone Management, ICZM-12 during 24-25 February 2012, (Dr.K.C.Sahu as Organising Secretary )
  • National workshop on Natural Disasters and their Impact on the coastal environment: Sponsored by Department of Ocean Development, Govt. of India, February 04, 2005 ( Dr K.C.Sahu As organizing Secretary)
  • Awareness Camp on PFZ Validation and Utilisation for Fisher folks held at Arjipalli, Ganjam, on 7.8.2004 Organised by the Department of Marine Sciences, Berhampur University (Dr K.C.Sahu as Organising Secretary)
  • Workshop-cum-MB Meeting of the Ocean Science and Technology Cell for Coastal Ecology (East Coast), Berhampur University, held on March 26, 2004 at National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai, India (Dr K.C.Sahu As Member Secretary)
  • One Day National workshop on Dissemination and Utilization of the Potential Fishing Zone information, sponsored by INCOIS, Govt. of India, Hyderabad, held at Gopalpur-On-Sea, Orissa, India on April 5, 2003 (Dr K.C.Sahu As organizing Secretary)

Seminars/Conferences/Workshops organized

Sl. No.

Date

Title of the Seminar/Conference/Workshop

No. of Participants

1

27 February to 01 March, 2020

National seminar on “Coastal Ocean-Atmosphere Science and Technology- COAST 2020”

250

2

29 Feb., 2020

1st Alumni meet of the Department of Marine Sciences was organized  on 29 Feb., 2020

150

3

21st September 2019

As part of the Swacha Bharat Abhiyan and to make our coast and ocean Plastic and debris free, Coastal Cleanup Drive was organized at Gopalpur, Puri and Rushikulya beaches by the Department of Marine Sciences along with NCCR, Chennai on 21st September 2019. Students, research scholars and scientists from various Government and private sectors participated.

650

4

May & June, 2019

Campus placement drive was organized by the Department for recruitment of students in private aquaculture company B-One and Falcon Marine

50

5

September 15, 2018

International Coastal cleanup Day was observed at Gopalpur Beach involving staff and students of the university, scientists and other officials from state and central government, students of different nearby colleges and local public.

200

6

June 5, 2018

Observed World Environment Day 2018 by organizing awareness rally and beach clean programme at Gopalpur Beach

200

7

23 March 2015

National workshop on Coastal Ocean Observations

60

8

25-26 February 2013

National Seminars on Marine Biodiversity and Coastal Pollution,

100

9

24-25 February 2012

National Seminars on Integrated Coastal Zone Management,

100

10

08-09 February 2010

A workshop cum MB meeting was organized under the auspices of OASTC in collaboration with Marine Science Department

50

Alumini

Alumni

Gallery

Field Operation of IOP and Hyperspectral Radiometer by Students
Beach Profiling of Gopalpur Port
Scholars Partcipation in Ocean Mixing Monsoon Cruise, RV Sagar Nidh
Department Photo
Alumni Meet 2020
Celebrating International Coastal Cleanup Day
Dept of Marine Sciences
Field study to Gopalpur beach
Field study to ZSI Gopalpur
National Conference COAST 2020 Delegates
National Conference COAST 2020
National Conference COAST 2020a
Participation of students in Cruise programme in Arabian Sea
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Professor Arundhati Rath
Head, Marine Science
Email : pgc.bu@buodisha.edu.in