Faculty of Fisheries of the BangladeshAgriculturalUniversity, Mymensingh was established in 1967 as the first fully-fledged institution for fisheries education in this sub-continent. Considering the vast fisheries resources and potential development of fisheries, in this country, the then Pakistan Government decided to establish a Faculty of Fisheries in the then East Pakistan Agricultural University. The aim of the Faculty was to offer international standard fisheries education to the students to obtain Bachelor of Science in Fisheries (Hons), Master of Science in Fisheries and PhD degree in Fisheries. Another main objective was teaching and research in various fields of fisheries so that the students on completion of their studies can contribute in the fisheries sector to raise fish production through scientific Aquaculture, and Aquatic Resource Management for meeting up the animal protein and nutrition requirement of the people. At present, Faculty of Fisheries with its four Departments, a field laboratory, a fish farm and a fish museum and biodiversity Centre is the largest Faculty in SAARC countries on formal education in all aspects of fisheries.
The creation of Faculty of Fisheries was a fulfillment of the dream of National Professor Dr. A K M Aminul Haque, without his untiring effort it could not have been ever established in this part of the world. In pursuance of the decision as contained in Syndicate Resolution No. 16 dated 18 April 1967 the Faculty of Fisheries was established as the sixth Faculty at this University with three departments viz., (i) Departments of Fisheries Zoology, (ii) Department of Aquiculture and Management, and (iii) Department of Marine Biology and Technology. Professor Haque was the founder head of all departments and later Dean of the Faculty of Fisheries. During its growth the Faculty was further strengthened by the joining of a group of competent teaching staffs like Dr. Muhammad Asadur Rahman, Dr. Shamsuddoha, Dr. Mollah Fazlul Haque, Dr. M. A. Karim, Dr. A. L Sarker, Dr. Mahmudul Karim, Dr. Md. Anwarul Islam and Dr. Md. Aminul Islam. The first batch of 11 students first ever got the B. Sc. degree in Fisheries (Hons) in 1972. The faculty was first reorganised in 1973 and the departments were renamed as Department of Fisheries Biology and Limnology, Department of Aquiculture and Management, and Department of Fisheries Technology. Later the Department of Aquiculture and Management updated its name as Department of Aquaculture and Management. After a long time, in the year 1996, a major reorganisation and changes have been made to create four departments and were named as Department of Fisheries Biology and Genetics, Department of Aquaculture, Department of Fisheries Management, and Department of Fisheries Technology.
Since its establishment, the faculty has been fully aware of its role in nation’s development through management of a rapidly expanding fisheries sector. In order to keep pace with the constant progress of knowledge in fisheries science, the faculty has up-dated its courses and curricula from time to time. A major modification was made in 1990 to make the curricula more updated to the changing needs of fisheries sector. A further re-arrangement and change in the course and curricula has been made in 1996. The last major improvement has been done in the year 2001-02 through implementing semester system of education in the Faculty of Fisheries along with other five faculties of the University. Thus, the academic standard of the Faculty of Fisheries reached to the International Standard.
The Fisheries faculty experienced a major leap forward in its improvement through the establishment of a formal link programme with the University of Stirling, Scotland, UK under a Stirling-BAU link project. Under this programme, the Faculty achieved considerable development in research and teaching as well as infrastructure development. Four specialised laboratories in the areas of fish disease, water quality and pond dynamics, fish nutrition, and fish genetics and molecular biotechnology have been set up. Audio-visual teaching aids and latest text books have been made available under this link project and the modern field facilities have been set up to carry out round the year research programme. Due to these technological advancement and improvement of physical facilities, the faculty, though junior most among the six, has been playing a leadership role in the BangladeshAgriculturalUniversity as a forerunner of development towards excellence.
A further upgradation of course and curricula has been made in January 2011 with the inclusion of important new courses such as English language, Computer Science, Water Quality Management, Integrated and Organic aquafarming, Aquatic Animal Health & Immunology, Agri-business & Marketing, Quality Control of Fish & Fishery Products, Fish Inspection & Legislation, Microbiology of Fishery Products to address the current needs of the sector and to produce the quality graduates. A large number of overlapping courses either has been dropped or merged into new subjects. There is a plan to introduce internship at the Course-Curricula of the Faculty with a high priority.
The faculty of Fisheries has the following academic departments:
Currently the faculty of Fisheries is offering the following degree programs: