Tuesday, March 23, 2010

World Forest Day: Exploring Courses in Forestry

World Forestry Day is celebrated around the world on March 21 every year to venerate the contribution of forests to our healthy living. The lust for commercialization has resulted in reckless felling of trees; this event, therefore, rings a bell about the importance of forests and the need of creating them.

On the occasion of World Forest Day, let’s take a look at some of the courses available in one of the major natural resources, forests and their integral part, wildlife. There are various short term courses also offered in forestry and wildlife in India, some of the major courses are:

B.Sc. Forestry
M.Sc. Sericulture or M.B.M.
B.Sc wildlife
M.Sc. Forestry (Eco & Mgt)
M.Sc. Wildlife
M.Sc. in Wood Science and Technology
P.G. Diploma in Pulp & Paper Technology
P.G. Diploma in Plantation Technology

Various institutes in India offering courses on forestry and wildlife include the following:
Birsa Agricultural University, Kanke, Ranchi
Forestry Research Institute, DehraDun
Indian Institute of Forest Management, Nehru Nagar, Bhopal
Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneshwar
Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, DehraDun
Tamilnadu Agricultual University, Coimbatore
Osmania University, Administrative building, Hyderabad
College of Agriculture, Hebbal, Bangalore, Karnataka
College of Agriculture, Hissar Haryana
College of Agriculture, Ludhiana, Punjab
College of Agriculture, Vellanikkara, Trichur, Kerala,
Gujarat Agricultural University , Sardar Krushinagar
Haryana Agricultural University, Hissar, Haryana
JawaharlaNehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur

The basic eligibility for taking up forestry and wildlife courses at undergraduate level is 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

The employment options in forest and wildlife conservation could be as:
Foresters, dendrologists, entomologists, ethologists, silviculturists, forest range officers and zoo curators among others like research and teaching jobs.


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