Ocean University to start NVQ courses in fishery
State owned Ocean University, Mattakkuliya, together with its branches in Panadura, Galle, Tangalle, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Jaffna and Negombo will shortly begin internationally accepted national vocational qualification (NVQ) certification programmes pertaining to the fishery sector, the Ministry, quoting Minister Douglas Devananda, on Tuesday (6) said.
The courses covered in this NVQ programme would be boat engine repair, scuba diving, swimming, aquatic breeding in lagoons, piloting of boats, marine technology, use of ocean mapping technology, fishery technology and post harvest technology.
The Minister said that the purpose of starting these courses is because the fishery industry lacks skilled personnel. The main reason for this is that children of fishers shun their parents’ industry, overlooking the fact that the fishery sector is a lucrative industry, said Devananda.
Consequently, ‘Budget2021’ has allocated sufficient funds with a focus on making the fishery industry technologically savvy, thereby giving a boost to elevate this sector to the next level, the Minister said. He therefore expressed the hope that youth will follow these NVQ courses in large numbers, thereby enabling the local fishery industry to meet international standards.