I have immense pleasure to wish you
New Year greetings in my new capacity as the Director of this esteemed
Institute, especially when we are approaching the fag end of the
Diamond Jubilee Year celebrations. We, as a unique community of
fisheries scientists in the country have achieved tremendous heights
during the past, thanks to the able stewardship of my predecessors.
But the fact that we are confronted with new challenges, both scientific
and institutional, should find ourselves engaged in collective endeavors
of serious introspection as well as farsightedness.
Scientific uncertainty is nothing new to us. Still we have a long
way to go in making the fisheries management scenario in the country
sensitive enough to deliver as an informed governance system, which
is becoming the need of the hour. I think the best way to make this
happen, thus enhancing our visibility, is to rededicate us to our
We need to keep our eyes open at the strengths of globally networked
research and organizational climate, the pace of which is such that
we need to run twice as faster to remain where we are. Our commitment
to scientific outputs of world standard should be nurtured, as has
been our tradition and on our commitment to the cause of our stakeholders.
It is my wish that each one of you charter roadmaps that ultimately
converge towards the goals we have already envisaged in the Vision
2020 document and at the same time honouring the guidelines drawn
in the XI Plan EFC document.
In the past few years many of our colleagues have superannuated
and I on my personal behalf and on behalf of each one of you wish
them a good health and long life. We continue to value their great
contribution to the Fisheries sector. We look forward for their
best support in formal and informal ways to improve the efficiency
of our system.
The productivity of an organization, to a large extent, is determined
by level of competence and motivation of its human resource, a good
governance and sound financial management. While recalling some
of the most salient achievements during the past years, I wish to
thank each one of you for the worthy contributions that enabled
us to keep our head up and high as we go along.
I have firm and fervent belief in the capabilities and commitment
of each one of you in meeting the emerging challenges. I request
you to step forward with a newly invented zeal and dedication in
the coming days. Let’s endeavor together bestowing further
glory to our Institute.
Finally, I wish you and your family “A Very Happy, Healthy,
Peaceful & Productive 2008”.