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  • Name : Prof. P.Janakiram
  • Designation : Head of the Department
  • Phone : (O) 0891-2844732, 4731
  • Email: head.marineliving@andhrauniversity.edu.in

The history of teaching and research in different branches of Marine Sciences in the Andhra University can be traced back to the latter half the forties when, for the first time, the late Prof. R.Gopala Aiyar organized in 1947 the B.Sc. honors course in Zoology with Marine Biology as a special subject. He also initiated and directed research in various aspects of marine biology coupled with hydrography. About the same time the late Prof. C.Mahadevan, the then Head of the Department of Geology initiated investigations in Marine Geology. The first Education commission of 1948-49 with Prof. S.Radhakrishna as Chairman, in its report recommended that the Andhra University with its unique location close to the coast should be developed as one of the centres of teaching and research in Marine Sciences.

Marine studies in the Andhra University gained momentum and a sense of direction when Prof. E.C.La Fond of the U.S. Navy Electronics Laboratory came to Andhra University as a Visiting Professor during 1952-53 and again during 1955-56.

During the Second Plan period, the University Grants Commission sanctioned grants for the construction of a Marine Biological Laboratory, then attached to the Department of Zoology. Further grants were sanctioned for extension of the building and for equipment. During the V plan period the University Grants Commission sanctioned grants for starting the Department of Marine Living Resources for offering interdisciplinary courses, involving the Departments of Chemistry, Geology, Geophysics, Meteorology & Oceanography and Statistics.

The Department of Marine Living Resources came in to existence in 1976 and started initially with Late. Prof. S. Dutt and Prof. K. V. Ramana Murty as founder faculty members. The Department is started initially an interdisciplinary course, M.Sc Marine Sciences with Marine Biology as specialization. Later, in 1989 the Department has started a second course, Capture and marine biology and fisheries. The Department of ocean development ,Government of India have funded to start new programs viz. M.sc Coastal Aquaculture and Marine Bio Technology and M.sc Marine Bio Technology from the year 1995.

Sl.No Name of the Program
PG Programmes
1 M.Sc. (Marine Bio Technology)
2 M.Sc. (Marine Biology and Fisheries)
3 M.Sc. (Coastal Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology)
Doctoral Programmes
1 Ph.D. (Marine Living Resources)

Name Designation Qualification Specialization
Prof. P.Yedukondala Rao Professor & Chairman Board of Studies M.Sc., Ph.D. Fisheries Science and Coastal Aquaculture
Prof. P.Janakiram Professor & Head of the Department M.Sc., M.Tech. (IIT) , Ph.D. Fish Pathology and Marine Microbiology
Dr. K.Ramesh Babu Associate Professor M.Sc., B.Ed., Ph.D. Marine Biology and Coastal Aquaculture
Dr. P.Rama Chandra Ganesh Assistant Professor (C) M.Sc., Ph.D. Marine Biotechnology
Dr. I.R.Sirisha Assistant Professor (C) M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D. Coastal Aquaculture
Dr. K.Umadevi M.Sc., Ph.D. Marine Ecology, Micro Algal Culture, Molluscan Biology, Pollution and Toxicology & Harmful Algal Blooms
Name Designation Qualification Specialization