Madurai Kamaraj University instituted a Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies in the year 1998 for the establishment of Marine Field Research facility at Pudhumadam, Ramnad District. The University has recognized the academic and research activities of the Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CMCS) and elevated its status to Department of Marine and Coastal Studies (DMCS) from the academic year 2009-10 onwards. Through this Centre, UGC Innovative M.Sc., course in Sub-Aqua Marine Ecology and Toxicogenomics (2 Years-Regular) was offered from the Academic year 2005-06 to 2013-14. The University Grants Commission has provided necessary financial support and manpower to conduct this course under its Innovative Programmes for Teaching and Research in Interdisciplinary and Emerging areas upto March 2019. From 2014-15 onwards, this course was renamed as M.Sc., Marine Biology.
The DMCS has been recognized by its work and has been supported by international organizations such as IOC/UNESCO, UNDP, WHO, IFS, GCRMN, GIZ and by national organizations such as the Department of Ocean Development (DOD), Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Earth Sciences-NIOT, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Planning Commission (PC), Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve Trust (GOMBRT) and University Grants Commission (UGC).
The Department has well equipped marine laboratory facility for conducting research both in the Madurai Kamaraj University main campus at Madurai as well as in the Marine Field Research facility at Pudhumadam, Ramnad District, Tamil Nadu.
Salient Features Of The Department
Qualified, skilled, dedicated staff with hands-on training & research experience in interdisciplinary sciences.
Visiting faculty from reputed research institutes, industries and Universities.
Spacious laboratories with best infrastructure and equipments for marine ecology, underwater monitoring, marine ecotoxicology, marine biotechnology etc.
A separate well stocked books and research articles available in the departmental library.
Free internet access for the students in the University campus.
Guest lectures by experts and seminars for overall development of the students.
Excellent curriculum including Theory, Practicals and Research project work.
Students will train in underwater diving skills like snorkeling, skin diving etc.
Students will get an opportunity to get associated with the On-going research projects from various funding agencies viz., DBT, ICAR, DST-SERB etc.
To provide world-class education and research in the field of marine sciences with reference to the coastal and marine environment of the Gulf of Mannar region of Marine Biosphere Reserve, India.
Methods Of Instruction
Regular classes, lectures and practical sessions..
Seminars and Presentations.
Independent research projects.
Frequent field visits to explore the under-water ecosystems in the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay regions by Swimming, snorkeling and skin diving.
Dr. M. Anand (Certified Open Water Diver),Assistant Professor & Head
Mr. P. Thavasi (Certified Open Water Diver),Technical Officer
Mr. Raman,Laboratory Assistant