Port Blair Campus

The campus was initially started  in the year 2000, and it located at Port Blair, the picturesque capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It has sophisticated laboratory facilities equipped with latest equipments for field investigations in ocean related sciences. These facilities are to impart education and training to the students of Marine Biology and Coastal Disaster Management and for carrying out R & D activities in and around islands and other parts of India.

Centre for Ocean and Island Studies was established in the year 2000 and was upgraded as a full-fledged Department of Ocean
Studies and Marine Biology in 2004. This Department is spread in a sprawling campus of its own of 12.5 acres in Port Blair, the
picturesque capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar group of islands. The Department has well equipped infrastructural facilities
with laboratories and equipment for both the academics and research activities with extramural funding from UGC, DST and
MoES. The Department location in Port Blair has close proximity with the marine environment with uniqueness of having
distinct Coral, mangrove and Island ecosystems. Students who join the programs are trained well in depth in the field of Marine
Biology. The mandate of the program is in exploring these ecosystems for their biological resources and developing strategies for
sustainable management and conservation.


The Department offers both M.Sc. and Ph. D. Program in Marine Biology through Entrance Examination conduncted by the
University at certain centres all over India. Students for the Masters program are admitted based on the rank obtained by them in
the Entrance Exam and all students enrolled are offered a studentship of Rs. 1000 per month who put in 70% attendance. Students
for the Ph.D program are admitted based on the rank obtained in the Entrance Exam and their performances in the Interview.

Infrastructure Facilities

The Departments in the campus has the following basic and sophisticated equipments for teaching and research.

i. Hydrolab – Quanta
ii. Ultracentrifuge, Laminar air flow, Rotary evaporator
iii. Water and Sediment Samplers and Plankton Nets
iv. Side Scan Sonar and Total Organic Carbon Analyser
v. UV Spectrophotmeter – Double Beam
vi. Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
vii. Current Meter
viii. Resistivity Variometer and Resistivity Imaging System
ix. SIR 2000 Ground Penetrating Radar
x. Seismograph – Underground field Seismic Imaging System – 12 Channel.
xi Electromagnetic Sounder
xii Automatic Weather Station
xiii Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS)

Project:
• PCR
• TOC Analyzer
• Element Analyzer
• Current Meter
• Echo Sounder

THRUST AREAS OF RESEARCH
• Taxonomy and barcoding of Marine Fishes
• Coral reef environment monitoring and carbon sequestration
• Coastal Biodiversity Assessment and their Conservation
• Fishery Biology, Ecomorphology and Stock Assessment
• Marine Bioactive Compounds and their characterization
• Marine Microbial processes and marine natural products
• Marine Benthic Ecology and Taxonomy
• Marine micro-phyto benthos and their ecological relationship
• Diversity and distribution of Plankton

Dr. P. M. Mohan

Brookshabad Campus
Post Bag No.26,Junglighat
Port Blair - 744 103, Andamans

Ph : 03192-213086/213126 , 03192-261566/261600