Capacity Building

BU OASTC was sanctioned in 1999 at Department of Life Sciences, Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar. In the initial phase sixteen individual research projects had been sanctioned by the then Department of Ocean Development, Government of India, New Delhi with a financial outlay of Rs. 70 lakhs. During 2007, seven major projects have been sanctioned under two major thrust areas – Diversity and Pollution. In 2009, a mega project with an outlay of Rs.38 lakhs had been sanctioned on proposed Kalpasar project. Thus, during the second phase MoES have supported eight research projects worth Rs. 1,32,65,000/-  (one crore thirty two lakhs sixty five thousand only). 

As a part of this, about thirty research papers have been published in national and international journals of repute by twenty one research scholars of completed and ongoing projects. Till date about twenty research scholars have been awarded Ph.D. degree. The Department has established a sophisticated instrumentation centre for catering to the needs of faculty members and research scholars. The centre has high throughput instruments like HPLC, GCMS etc. The instruments are being used by faculty members, research scholars and post graduate students of various Departments of M K Bhavnagar University and other Universities of Gujarat. 

The cell has established research linkages with several eminent research institutes as Central Salt and Marine Chemical Research Institute, Sardar Patel University, Gujarat University, M S University, Gujarat Ecology Society, JNTU Hyderabad, NIO Goa, Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology etc. MKBU ESTC has thus provided a unique opportunity for catering to the needs of scientific community to carry out high quality research.