Diploma in Fish Products Technology (DFPT)

Updated on 20 Aug, 2015

Diploma in Fish Products Technology (DFPT)

Minimum Duration: 1 Year
Maximum Duration: 4 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 10,800
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar


  • 10+2 Senior Secondary Pass Outs (or)
  • Bachelor Preparatory Programme (BPP) from IGNOU
  • 10th pass may enroll simultaneously for the BPP and Diploma programme.  
Programme overview
This programme is developed with financial support of Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India.
About the Programme
The fisheries sector makes an important contribution to the national economy of a developing country like India. Apart from providing food and employment to thousands of rural people, it also helps us earn the much needed foreign exchange. India has now emerged as one of the largest producers of fish in the world. The increase in demand for fish has also led to modernization of fish capture techniques. Since fresh fish can get spoiled very quickly the development of technology for post-harvest preservation and methodology to convert fish to value added products have also become popular in recent times. Value addition helps in getting high price for the fishery products.
The time has come, that the fish processing companies have to improve their production and product diversification by employing managerial skills and latest technological innovations to enhance their productivity to become globally competitive. This calls for capacity building in the fisheries sector especially at the supervisory / managerial levels. This diploma course will help to develop and strengthen human resources who have the basic knowledge and technical proficiency in post-harvest management, processing, value addition, quality control and marketing of fish and fishery products. The human resource developed will also be able to start their own entrepreneurship and thus become partners in the overall development of the country.
This aims to develop competent human resource in the field of post-harvest management of Fish and production of value added products from them. It intends to inculcate vocational and entrepreneurial skills to widen employment opportunities, particularly among rural youth and the disadvantaged sections of the society as well as self-employment. It seeks to address the workforce requirements of the food processing industries and focuses on upgrading the knowledge and skills of existing workers in the Fish Processing sector. The programme also caters to trained manpower requirements of the food processors, skilled workers / technicians in the food processing industries, NGO functionaries/ trainers, entrepreneurs, post-harvest/ food processing departments of the states/ central, rural educators, farmers, quality control implementation agencies etc.
The main objective of the programme is to:
  • develop and strengthen human resource by infusing and imparting knowledge and skill in Value Added Fish Products;
  • training of personnel for self-employment and creating awareness and competency in the fish processing as well as fish products preparation;


  • impart basic knowledge and technical proficiency in Post-Harvest Management, primary processing of fish, value addition, quality control and marketing
Course Code
Course Title
Introduction to Fish, Processing, Packaging and Value Addition
6 (4+2)
Mince and Mince based Products
4 (2+2)
Coated Products
6 (2+4)
Fish by-products and Waste Utilization
6 (2+4)
Quality Assurance
4 (2+2)
BPV -046
Marketing and Entrepreneurship Development
4 (4+0)
Training and Field Visits
2 (0+2)
(Numbers in brackets indicate the credits for Theory and Practical, respectively)


CourseCode     Course Name Credits 
 BPVI-041  Introduction to Fish, Processing, Packaging and Value Addition  6
 BPVI-042  Mince and Mince based Products  4
 BPVI-043  Coated Products  6
 BPVI-044  Fish by-products and Waste Utilization  6
 BPVI-045  Quality Assurance  4
 BPV -046  Marketing and Entrepreneurship Development  4
Fee Concession
The fee concession is available to the following category of students:
  •   All the candidates from the rural areas shall be entitled for 50% fee concession subject to the production of domicile certificates.
  •  The urban students below poverty line may also be given 50% fee concession subject to production of income certificate
Medium of Instruction: English
Target Group:
  • Rural Youth,
  • Workers/ technicians working in fish and fish processing industry including fishermen,
  • Small and medium entrepreneurs,
  • Fish processors in an unorganized sector, and
  • Personnel working in processing plants, NGO functionaries/ trainers and farmers
Job Opportunities:
Supervisory positions in sea food processing industries; fish product development units and in any post-harvest processing technology units related to fishes and shell fishes.
Additional Information
The additional information about the programme and the admission details are available at IGNOU website – www.ignou.ac.in and our Regional Centres. Additional information about this programme may also be obtained from School of Agriculture.
For further information kindly contact:


Dr. P. Vijayakumar,
Programme Coordinator,
School of Agriculture,
G Block, Zakir Hussain Bhawan,
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi-110 068.
Phone: +91-011-29573092
The Director,
School of Agriculture,
G Block, Zakir Hussain Bhawan,
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi-110 068.
Phone: +91-011-29533167
Tele Fax: +91-011-29533167


Regional Centres: