Faculty of Fisheries


Brief profile of Dean, Faculty of Fisheries

Prof (Dr.) Syed Masood-ul-Hassan Balkhi joined P.G.Department of Zoology (KU) in the year 1980 as a student of M.Sc and completed his master’s degree programme in Zoology with specialization in Ichthyology / Fish & Fisheries. He continued his studies for M.Phil & Ph.D degree programmes in the same Department(Zoology-Limnology/Aquatic Ecology/Bio-diversity) under the guidance of Prof.A.R Yousuf, Former Director (CORD,KU)/Dean, Academics(KU)/ Member, NGT(ND)GoI., Dr.Balkhi’s Ph.D thesis is the Ist and the only thesis in the State of Jammu and Kashmir on Aquatic Ecology/biodiversity of one hundred waterbodies of Kashmir including pools,ponds,roadside ditches,fountains,springs, streams,rivers,lakes(both valley & High-altitudes) etc. During his Ph.D. research, Dr.Balkhi has given one new species of a calanoid copepod (Arctodiaptomusmichaeliin.sp.) to science which was discovered from high-altitude Lakes Alapathar and Marsar of Kashmir published in Hydrobiologia (1990). The holotype and paratypes of the new species are deposited in the British Museum (Natural Histrory), London under their Registration numbers-holotype: 1987:268; paratypes,6: 1987:269-74, 4  O:1987:275-278.

Dr.Balkhi started his carrier as a Lecturer in Zoology (1985) in the Higher Education Department(GoJK).He joined SKUAST (J&K) in the year 1991 as scientist fisheries and has been working since then in SKUAST-K in different capacities. He has put in more than 30 years service in teaching at undergraduate /Post graduate levels, 32 years in research/extension activities in diversified fields of Fisheries like Aquatic Ecology / Biodiversity, Aquatic Animal Health Management/ Aquaculture etc.Dr.Balkhi carries more than 25 years of administrative experience in different capacities including Dean, Faculty of Fisheries which position he is holding since December 2005. He has laboured in his service carrier to establish the Faculty of Fisheries in SKUAST-K which has become theIst and the only College in India with Hill/Coldwater Fisheries.The said Institution is playing a vital role in producing trained and well qualified professional fisheries graduates for the country fully exposed to the Hill/Coldwater Fisheries. Besides J&K, the said Faculty(College)has become a common facility for all other hill states of the country having Coldwater /hill fisheries like Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh,Uttarakhand etc. Two seats each have been reserved in SKUAST-K under UG/PG programmes in Fisheries for these statesand the studentsare already taking the benefit of this provision with Arunachal Pradesh taking a lead. In this way,Faculty of Fisheries,Rangilis the Ist and the only college in SKUAST/ India receiving student(State) nominees from other hill states which gives it a National Recognition.

Prof. (Dr.) Masood H. Balkhi
Faculty of Fisheries, Rangil, Ganderbal-190006
From : 01-Jan-2006 To continuing till date
Cell No 9419004020, 09796304020
Landline No . 0194-2262201
FAX: 0194-2262201