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Imtiaz Ahmed Khan
Senior Assistant Professor (Zoology)
University of Kashmir, Srinagar (J&K), India
For the last 10 Years I have been actively involved in teaching at PG level in Zoology especially in teaching Ichthyology to Post Graduate students. As a part of my research guidance initiatives I have supervised the research work of various M/Phil and Doctoral students in the area of Fish Nutrition and physiology. Many of my students have already been awarded research degrees and others are at various stages of completion of their degree programs. I have reoriented the syllabus related to Ichthyology at PG level and introduced Fish Nutrition, Feed Technology and Feed formulation techniques and been conducting regular on-farm demonstrations of various techniques for my PG/ research students by visiting various fish hatcheries run by State Fisheries Department. My pioneering contribution is the determination of complete essential amino acids requirements of Indian Major Carp, Cirrhinus mrigala at fingerling stage as a part of my doctoral thesis and essential amino acid requirements of H. fossilis at fingerling stage as a part of my DST sponsored research project. Key finding of my research projects have been submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture for proper implications through DST- New Delhi. Feeding regime/appropriate ration size of some important cultured fish species have been determined and recommended for the proper utilization of feed. The protein requirement of two cultured fish species inhabiting Kashmir water bodies i.e., Common Carp, Cyprinus carpio communis and Cyprinus carpio specularis were reported by me and the information have already been recommended to State Fisheries Department for formulation of fish feed so as to ensure optimal growth and better utilization of feed. Apart from protein and amino acids requirements studies, I have also established quantitative information on vitamin requirement of different cultured fish species. I was the first to determine feeding regime and protein and energy maintenance requirement of Rainbow Trout, O. mykiss from Kashmir water in lab conditions. I have also established nutritional value of indigenous Snow Trout Schizothorax of Kashmir and the seasonal variation in hematio-biochemical composition of fishes from Kashmir valley. Most of my research work has been published in high rated and prestigious Peer-reviewed International Journals. My publications also include eleven single authored papers with 445 citation Index signifying reasonably strong contributions to the existing body of knowledge in my research domain. To conduct my research, I have also established fish feeding trial laboratory with continuous flow through system as well as Fish Nutrition Research laboratory with high-tech equipments. I extend my expert services to State Fisheries Department’s Koker Nag and Laribal Fish Hatcheries in various areas of fish nutrition.
Aquaculture, Fish Nutrition, Limnology and Fish Physiology