Advanced Aquaculture Technology

By Prof. Gourav Dhar Bhowmick   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 1773
The course is dealt with technological advancement in the field of aquacultural engineering all over the  globe. The science behind the conventional and advanced technologies in the aquacultural sector is  discussed, along with the basic engineering details. The necessity of strict environmental  considerations is also discussed, along with the economic return. The audience of the course is  expected to be acquainted with the career opportunities in this field that align with the Neel Kranti  Mission of the Government of India. 
INTENDED AUDIENCE: UG/PG Scholars of Agricultural and Food  Engineering, Aquacultural/Fisheries Engineering or  Science

PREREQUISITES: Basic Knowledge in Higher Secondary  Mathematics, Biology, and Physics

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Aquacultural farms and processing industries.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Agricultural and Food Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Aquaculture:  Characteristics of important cultivable fish and shellfish; Selection criteria, Water budget, and Conservation strategies.  
Week 2: Technology of Closed Aquaculture: Transformation of open culture to closed high tech technology; Intensive farming in high-tech tanks, Re-circulatory system; Flow-through system, Raceway culture.
Week 3: Farming systems: Polyculture, Integrated multitrophic aquaculture; Coastal and Mariculture, Algal culture, Macroalgae or Seaweed culture, Pearl culture.  
Week 4: Technology of Crustacea farming:  Culture of freshwater prawn, shrimps, and crabs.
Week 5: Technology of larval rearing:  Design and construction of hatcheries for carp, prawn, and shrimps; Maintenance of optimum conditions.
Week 6: Aquafeed Technology: Balanced diet, Feed formulation, Linear programming, Feed additives, Feed conversion ratio (FCR), Protein retention, Calorie retention.
Week 7: Water Quality Management:  Important water quality parameters, Criteria for aquaculture, Aeration, and Chemical treatment.
Week 8: Technology of wastewater treatment: Conventional systems, Bio-electrochemical systems, Zero water exchange, and Reuse. 
Week 9: Technology of organic farming:  Wastewater- fed aquaculture, Integrated farming, Biofloc technology.   
Week 10: Technology of Cleaner Production: Green aquaculture, Smart Aquaponic system, Bioremediation, Biofiltration, Eco-labelling.
        Week 11: Aquaculture Industries: Technology of Fish products and Byproducts, Zero waste recycling.
Week 12: Environmental considerations: Impact of Climate Change on aquaculture,  Mitigation and adaptive strategies. 

Books and references

  1. Wheatom, F.W. ""Aquacultural Engineering"".  John Wiley, 1997.  
  2. Bose, AN., Ghosh, S.N. Yang C.T. and Mitra,  A. ""Coastal Aquacultural Engineering"".  Cambridge University Press, 1991.  
  3. Burnell, G. and Allan, G. “New technologies in  aquaculture - Improving production efficiency,  quality and environmental management”. CRC Press, 2009.

Instructor bio

Prof. Gourav Dhar Bhowmick

IIT Kharagpur
Prof. Gourav Dhar Bhowmick joined IIT Kharagpur, India, in 2021, where he is currently an Assistant Professor in the Aquacultural Engineering Specialization of the Agricultural and Food Engineering Department. He did his M.Tech. and Ph.D. from IIT Kharagpur, India, and then he went to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, to do his Post-Doctoral research. He is a recipient of the prestigious GYTI award 2016. He has published 34 international peer-reviewed journal papers and presented his research to 12 International conferences. Dr. Gourav Dhar Bhowmick has expertise in developing bio-engineering interfaces for aquaculture in areas like engineering and design of aquacultural facilities, commissioning, operation, materials selection, and their uses in recirculatory aquaculture systems. He is now investigating the smart aquaponics systems for urban farming. Other than that, Dr. Bhowmick is also working on the end-of pipe treatment of marine and freshwater aquaculture systems, focusing on pollutant removal and biogas production in line with residual resources engineering for environmental remediation.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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