Hands on Training for Young Professionals on "Pragmatization of SOP’s of INFAAR project" under the Network Project on "Assessment of Antimicrobial Resistance in Microorganisms Associated with Fisheries and aquaculture in India” was organized at Microbiology, Fermentation and Biotechnology Division of ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi during 22-31October, 2018. The training programme was inaugurated by Dr. C.N. Ravishankar, Director, ICAR-CIFT Kochi. In the inaugural speech Dr. Ravishankar underscored the need and importance of the appraisal of AMR in microorganisms in perspective of aquaculture development. He stressed on the non-availability of comprehensive database on AMR–microorganisms in fisheries sector and was hopeful of generating reliable database on this count. The welcome address was delivered by Dr M.M. Prasad, Course Director and PI of INFAAR Project. Dr. G.K. Sivaraman, Principal Scientist proposed vote of thanks. Dr V. Murugadas, Co-PI of the project coordinated practical/demonstration of the training programme. The participants included nine Young Professionals from ICAR-CIFA, CIFE, CMFRI, DCFR and CIFT and one Scientist and Co-PI from ICAR-CIFA. During the programme lectures were delivered and a field visit was also made to Thrissur to get the trainees acquainted with sampling procedures for uniformity. The isolation, characterization, phenotypic and molecular identification of the target organisms of the project E. coli, Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Staphylococcus aureus were dealt in detail. This was followed by ABST of each organism and genotypic confirmation of antibiotic sensitivity of the same. In the programme, emphasis was on hands-on-experience and the feedback in the form tests, indices related to outcome and from participants in revealed that the efforts reached right into targets. In the valedictory function on 31 October, 2018 C.N. Ravishankar, Director extoled the participants for their keen interest in learning new aspects and said the whole INFAAR implementation mainly rest in the follow-up of new technical knowledge acquired by them and applying the same to field and laboratory. Earlier Dr. M.M. Prasad, Course Director gave important aspects of the outcome of the training and pragmatization for the national network project. Dr. Ravishankar awarded the participants with certificates and the programme came to an end with vote of thanks by Dr. Sivaraman.
Practical session in progress
Dr. M.M. Prasad giving the report (Also seen are Dr. C.N. Ravishankar and Dr. G.K. Sivaraman)
Dr. Ravishankar presenting certificate to a participant Feedback from a partcipant