Diploma in Aquaculture (DAQ)

Updated on 31 May, 2013

Diploma in Aquaculture (DAQ)

Minimum Duration: 1 Year
Maximum Duration: 3 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 6,500
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar


The Diploma in Aquaculture aims to develop interest in aquaculture or breeding and rearing of aquatic animals and plants in enclosures or confinements. Aqua farming or Aquaculture is viewed as the best option for catching fish to provide food for the growing masses and provide them with alternative livelihood opportunities for their socio-economic upliftment. In many developing countries fish and other aquaculture products serve as the main source of cheap protein to combat malnutrition and under nutrition, fish having essential amino acids, which are often lacking in cereal protein substitute.

As the Aquaculture sector also employs large number of people the diploma can provide technical know how to the traditional fisher-folk, develop entrepreneurship, update technical knowledge in professionals already engaged in aquaculture activities, and will create awareness and promote green aquaculture involving environmental-friendly practices.

CourseCode     Course Name Credits 
 BAQ-001  Basics of Aquaculture  8
 BAQP-001  Project Work -BAQP-001  6
 BAQ-002  Freshwater Aquaculture  8
 BAQL-001  Laboratory I :Freshwater Aquaculture  6
 BAQ-003  Coastal Aquaculture  8
 BAQL-002  Laboratory II :Brackishwater and Marine Aquaculture  6


The Diploma in Aquaculture shall include the following courses.

Core Courses
(For Both the Streams, Fresh Water Aquaculture and Coastal Aquaculture)

Compulsory courses
Course 1 : Basics of Aquaculture (BAQ-001)
Course 2 : Project (BAQP-001)

Optional Courses
Freshwater Aquaculture (Stream I)
Course 3 : Freshwater Aquaculture (BAQ-002) (8 credits theory)
Course 4 : Laboratory (BAQL-001) (6 credits practical)

Coastal Aquaculture (Stream II)
Course 3 : Coastal Aquaculture (BAQ-003) (8 credits theory)
Course 4 : Laboratory (BAQL-002) (6 credits practical)

To successfully complete Diploma in Aquaculture you have to compulsorily complete Course 1 and Course 2 as listed above and opt for either Stream I (Courses 3 & 4) or Stream II (Courses 3 & 4). Let us explain to you more clearly in the following manner :

Stream I : Courses 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 (total 28 credits)

Stream II : Courses 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 (total 28 credits)

Those interested in both the streams of Aquaculture (Freshwater as well as Coastal Aquaculture) would have to first finish the Diploma in one stream (either Stream I or Stream II) and then join the other Stream at half the fees and for half the duration of time as compulsory courses 1 and 2 would have already been completed with the first Stream. A Certificate would be given on completion of the second Stream apart form the Diploma.

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