The Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA) is a premier Institute in freshwater aquaculture in the country under the administrative control of the ICAR, New Delhi. The present Institute has had its beginnings in the Pond Culture Division of Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute which was established at Cuttack, Orissa in 1949 with a view to finding solutions to problems of fish culture in ponds and village tanks. Later, the Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, based at Barrackpore, West Bengal in a major effort to give emphasis to freshwater aquaculture research, initiated steps on establishing the Freshwater Aquaculture Research and Training Centre (FARTC) over 147 ha campus at Kausalyaganga, Bhubaneswar, Orissa.