Institute Technology Management Unit (ITMU)


  • To commercialise technologies developed by CIBA.
  • Develop and encourage entrepreneurs by providing business support services.
  • Helping entrepreneurs to commercialise business ideas utilizing the R&D back up of the institutes, with special emphasis to women entrepreneurs..
  • To raise technology & knowledge based enterprises in the area of seed production, feed technology and value added products for sustainable business promotion for entrepreneurs.
  • Develop network with relevant academic & business development institutes.


  • Promotion of business through commercialization of technology
  • Incubation of small and medium enterprise to develop aqua-business
  • Skill development of entrepreneurs
  • Development of bankable projects for entrepreneurs
  • Consultancy services to the industry, NGO, etc
  • One-stop-center for technology exposure to the entrepreneurs, industry

Consultancy services

We provide consultancy services on aquaculture, aquatic disease diagnsotics, fish nutrition and environmental assessments as per ICAR guidelines. Major areas of consultancy services provided by us are

  • Soil and water quality management in shrimp farming/brackishwater aquaculture
  • Shrimp hatchery technology and management
  • Shrimp culture
  • Mud crab breeding and culture
  • Seabass breeding and culture
  • Shrimp / fish nutrition and feed technology
  • Shrimp / fish disease diagnosis and health management
  • Shrimp/fish genetics and biotechnology

Analytical Services

State of the art analytical facilities and services are available for conducting advanced level of health, nutrition and environmental studies. Some of the analytical services that could be obtained on a specific request are:
  • Analyses of water and soil quality parameters.
  • Analyses of shrimp / fish feed and their ingredients
  • Microbiological and pathological analyses of shrimp / fish tissue samples

Business Support Services

Registered Members will be offered the following services at nominal rates
  • Discussion on marketing, technology transfer and other business development and service support issues with ITMU Personnel and CIBA Scientific staff.
  • Communication on seminars, workshops, training camps, Business Meets & Industry Interface programmes.
  • Interaction meetings with scientists and technologists on specific issues.
  • Visit to lab and farm facilities available with CIBA
  • Professional consultancy on CIBA technologies
  • Professional Consultancy on Aqua business and IPR issues
  • Access to Incubator labs and Library.
  • Access to internet, phone, fax facilities for official purposes.

IPR Related Services

Intellectual property rights provide legal protection for innovations from research and development. IP protection also supports business development that will help to create value for ideas and innovations to succeed.
  • Filing and follow-up of patent applications
  • Registration of Trademark
  • Registration of Design
  • Copyright registration

Seed production & Integrated aqua-farming

  • Seabass hatchery technology for seed production
  • Hapa based nursery rearing for Asian seabass Lates calcarifer
  • Modular system based seed production technology of Pearlspot
  • Technology of Low volume cage culture of Asian seabass
  • Seed production technology for Brackishwater ornamental fishes Spotted scat Scatophagus argus
  • Hatchery technology for seed production of milkfish Chanos chanos
  • Crab fattening

Feed formulations & Feed supplements

  • Indigenous shrimp feed technology
  • Cost-effective desi shrimp feed: vanami plus
  • Shrimp larval feed - shrimp larvi plus
  • Finfish poly culture feed- poly plus
  • Sea bass growout feed – Seebass plus

Products & Kits - Environment & Health

  • Kit for the analysis of ammonia and nitrite in brackishwater
  • Biosorbent for removal of heavy metals
  • Water quality test test kit ( pH & DO )
  • Lumi Phage
  • Matrix for immobilization and imaging of bacteria
  • Immunodot technology for detection of WSSV
  • Molecular kit for detection of chemolithoautotrophic bacteria
  • Improved PCR Kit For Diagnosis of White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV)
  • Enterocytozoon Hepatopenaei (EHP) Nested PCR Kit
  • CMH Mineral Kit
  • CIBA-Phosphosorb

Development of Business Proposals

  • Business Plan assistance
  • Business Incubation support
  • Networking linkages


  • Access to our business incubator to get high quality infra structure facilities at a very affordable cost. We also provide business support to benefit entrepreneurs from ITMU at CIBA, Chennai. This unit provides the companies an access to data resources, experts and mentor panel.

Office Facilities

  • Fully furnished Incubation Office
  • Computers with Printer
  • Internet and Telefax facilities

  • News & Events

    Intellectual property rights provide legal protection for innovations from research and development. IP protection also supports business development that will help to create value for ideas and innovations to succeed (15th May 2018)

    Strategic alliance with The waterbase Ltd. (10th April 2018)

    NRG Feeds of West Bengal signs MOU, with ICAR-CIBA, Chennai on the technology transfer of, Polyculture feed (PolyPlus ), a cost-effective ‘desi’ formulated feed

    ICAR- Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) celebrates ICAR foundation day on 17th July 2017 with focus on R&D and IPR.

    Agri-Business Incubator
    ICAR-CIBA is the nodal research organization for brackishwater aquaculture development in the country. The brackishwater aquaculture generates about Rs. 30000 crores of foreign exchange and is very vibrant commercial activity. Demand by the sector for supply of quality seed, feed, chemical/biological products, diagnostic and analytical kits is tremendous. Hence entrepreneurs - startups to large corporates regularly approach CIBA for the technological support.

    Business Planning Division (BPD) under National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP), sanctioned in second phase, during 2013-14 was productively run by ICAR-CIBA. There was a tremendous increase in business promotion activities and revenue from technology commercialization rose from Rs.5 lakh in 2011-12 to Rs 34 lakhs in the year 2014-15 and Rs.47.63 Lakhs in the year 2015 to till date. After the successful completion of the BPD, Agri-Business Incubation center (ABI) was sanctioned to ICAR-CIBA, Chennai

    The specific objectives of ABI are:
    • To liaise between entrepreneurs and scientists for promotion of using innovative technologies
    • To handhold entrepreneurs for converting their own proof of concept/ innovations to a successful enterprise using infrastructure and expertise available at ICAR-CIBA or elsewhere in NARS.
    • To facilitate commercialization of Institute’s technologies and liaise with other entities and scientific institutions for joint technology/product development
    • To enhance all round human resource skill of would-be entrepreneurs for aquaculture related business
    The ICAR- CIBA technologies and services are of four major categories:
    • Process development like development of fish breeding protocols and practices,
    • Formulation of new feed and improvements in indigenous feed technology.
    • Product development automatic feeders, solar powered equipment etc.
    • Capacity building & training; and
    • Technical services like disease diagnosis, soil and water testing, consultancy services

    The institute serves multiple stakeholders and need of the aquaculture sector but effective interface between Institute and individuals/ firms and other entities in the form of Agri-Business Incubation center is playing an important role for promoting partnerships with entrepreneurs/start- ups. The ABI is working specifically be involved in following activities:

    1. Strengthening the process of commercialization of technology
    2. Handholding small and medium enterprise to develop business
    3. Skill upgradation
    4. Development of bankable projects for entrepreneurs
    5. Consultancy services to the industry, NGO, etc.
    6. One-stop-center for technology exposure to the entrepreneurs, industry

    ITMU & ABI Team

    • Dr. K.K. Vijayan, Director
    • Dr. T. Ravisankar, Principal Scientist & Scientist-In-Charge, ITMU
    • Dr. C.V. Sairam, Principal Scientist & Scientist-In-Charge, SSD
    • Dr. P.K. Patil, Principal Scientist
    • Dr. R. Geetha, Scientist
    • Mr I.F. Biju, Scientist
    • Mr S. Vinoth, Research Associate
    ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (ICAR)
    75, Santhome High Road
    Raja Annamalai Puram
    Tamil Nadu
    Tel: 044-24618817, 24616948, 24610565 Extn: 116/124
    Fax: 044-24613818 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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