Social Science Section

The Social Science Section of the Institute was established in 2006 with a view to popularize research results for the overall development of the freshwater aquaculture sector, to maintain liaison with the fish farmers, fisheries departments and fishery industry as a whole, to organize short term refresher courses, to conduct research investigations for studying the extent of adoption of the new and improved technologies developed by the Institute; to provide feedback on performance of Institute’s technologies and to conduct economical and statistical investigations on various aspects of freshwater aquaculture.

The section handles the transfer of technology programmes, organizing exposure visits for farmers and farm women by conducting exhibitions, demonstrations, interactive meetings, trainings and campaigns. Presently there are 5 scientists working in the division of which 3 are in Fisheries Extension, 1 in Computer Application and 1 in Fisheries Economics. There are 3 in-house research projects presently being operated by the section in addition to 1 funded project. The section also serves the fish farmers through the Agricultural Technology
Information Centre (ATIC) by supply of technological products, publications and services through the single-window delivery system. ATIC receives over 4000 information seekers per year. Awareness programmes on freshwater aquaculture technologies and video shows are being organized at ATIC for large number of beneficiaries.


Institute Funded:

  • Mainstreaming gender concerns in freshwater aquaculture development-An action research (2012-16).

  • Impact assessment of catfish and murrel aquaculture in India ( 2013-16)

  • Study of dynamics of Aquaculture Field Schools ( 2013-16)

Externally Funded:

  • Business, Planning and Development (BPD) center for aqua-entrepreneurship 2013-17.

  • Bio-Technology Information System Network (BTISNet) DBT Sponsored since (1990-91 onwards)

Other important activities in which Scientists are involved

  • As Nodal officer –

  1. National Knowledge Network (NKN)

  2. ICAR-PermisNet



  5. Central Public Procurement Portal (CPPP)

  6. Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS)

  7. Strengthening Statistical Computing for NARS

  8. ASRB Online Examination System

  • Officer in Charge, Extension; Officer in Charge, Press and Media Relations; Management Representative for Implementation of







Principal Scientist & Head Dr. G.S. Saha

Agricultural Extension


Principal Scientist  Dr. H. K. De

Agricultural Extension


Scientist (SS) Mr. A.S. Mahapatra

Computer Application


Scientist (SS) Mr. N.K. Barik

Agricultural Economics


Scientist Mr. I. Sivaraman

Fisheries Extension


Technical Officer Sri D.P. Rath Computer

Recent Publications:

  1. Panda Nirupama, A.S. Mahapatra and D.P. Rath (2015). Statistical Modeling to Women Self- Help Groups of Odisha based on Socio-economic Developmental Parameters in Aquaculture. Aquacult Int. 23:613-637.
  2. D. K. Pandey and H. K. De (2015) Entrepreneurial behavior of tribal fish farmers in Tripura, north east India. Indian J. Fish., 62(1) : 149-152.
  3. H. K. De, G. S. Saha and Radheyshyam, 2014. Aquaculature Field School to Promote Farmer-to-Farmer Extension, Journal of Global Communication, Vol.6(2): pp 77-84.
  4. Nikita Gopal, P, Jeyanthi, Arathy Ashok, Shyam S. Salim, Pradeep Katilia, M. Krishnan, Nagesh Kumar Barik, B. Ganesh Kumar, R. Narayana Kumai and R, Sathiadas.(2014) Fishers in Post-harvest Fisheries Sector in India : An Assessment of Socio-economic Status Fishery Technology 51 (2014) : 213 – 219
  5. De, H K and D K Pandey (2014) Constraints to women’s involvement in small scale aquaculture: an exploratory study. Int. J. Agr. Ext. 2(1) : 81-88
  6. H. K. De, D. N. Chattopadhyay, Radheyshyam, G. S. Saha, A. K. Dash, T. S. Satpati and S. Pal (2013) Grow out carp polyculture by women - a case study from Odisha. Indian J. Ext. Edu., 49 (1&2): 78-82.
  7. Radheyshyam, G. S. Saha, Lekha Safui, A. E. Eknath, S. Adhikari, H. K. De, N. K. Barik and S. Chandra (2013). Status and economy of community fish farming in rural Odisha. Indian J. Fisheries 60(4): 59-67.