Forestry and Wild Life

Forestry is one of the most sought after career options available for candidates who have the zeal to study about wildlife and natural resources. The study of Forestry involves protection of forests and farming of trees to ensure contributing timber supply. The courses in forestry are generally offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level by several agricultural universities located at different parts of the country.

A person who has completed a professional qualification in forestry and is appointed in any such activities related to forests is known Forester. Foresters are responsible for the management of forest resources through the use of biological techniques. Their main interest lies in the preservation and utilization of its resources. Forests are important natural resources as these are the dwelling places for wild animals and tribes. The forests also provide various valuable materials for livelihood. Forests have also the importance in controlling aridity of our planet.

There are enormous career opportunities in this field as the government is introducing various schemes and projects for the conservation of forests and natural resources. Researchers, educationists, extension workers and management officers work as a team of senior forestry officials to protect the forests in our country.

Courses in forestry are available at various levels of study - undergraduate, postgraduate diploma, certificate as well as Ph.D. level. The educational qualification required for undergraduate course (BSc Forestry) is generally 10+2 Science with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and/or Mathematics. Further the master’s level course offers specialisation in subjects like Forest Management, Commercial Forestry, Forest Economics, Wood Science & Technology, Wildlife Science, Veterinary Science etc. Those candidates who have completed master program in Forestry or allied subject can go for PhD and research. The Indira Gandhi National Open University and few other open universities of the country are offering diploma and certificate programs in forest management and conservation of natural resources.

A fresh graduate in forestry can expect a monthly salary of Rs.10, 000 or more in hand only in any private NGO or related organization. However, as per the government pay scale the foresters, at present, receive salary scale of Rs. 4,575 i.e. Rs. 8,000 per month. One who is in the research field or working as Enthologists, Entomologists, Silviculturistsis, Forest Range Officers, Zoo curators etc get relatively higher salary ranging from Rs.15,000 – Rs.20,000 per month.

The avenues that are open for you are numerous! Armed with a basic degree in Biology, one can opt for research. He/she can even become still life photographers like Belinda Wright, Bedi Brothers (Rajesh and Naresh) Joanna Van Gruisen etc. There is wide scope in filmmaking (a la Mike Pandey and Alva Brothers) as also in wild life journalism. BBC wild life is a fabulous journal, worth mentioning in this connection. At the international forum opportunities exist in television channels like Discovery and Natural Geographic, which conduct in-depth research in wildlife, flora, ecology and evolution of species etal.
In case you area law graduate, you could choose to become a wildlife lawyer and help in preventing illegal activities like poaching, smuggling of animal products, torture and cruelty to animals and so forth. Or else you can be a wild life historian, and even consultants to the government or the private sector. You could also choose to become an environmentalist-cum-primatologist like Dr.Iqbal Malik who is perpetually in the news in connection with the monkey menace in the Indian capital.

Another upcoming segment is that of wildlife consultants for premier organizations like World Wildlife Fund (WWF) India, Centre for Environment Education, located in Ahmedabad, Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI). Consultancy firms like Ernst and Young, KPMG hire wildlife consultants to do environment impact assessments prior to their projects.

A good number of NGO hire Indian biologists and veterinarians to undertake projects in South Africa, Kampuchea, and Vietnam among others. The widest sector of employment is provided by the Indian Forest Service, with a national cadre and a forest department in each state and union territory running more than one environment assessment project at any given time. Last but not the least the individual can opt for teaching-a relatively sedate and secured profession!

hose with Bachelors degree in related subjects can appear for Indian Forest Service exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission and after qualifying the exam can get jobs under the department of forests, Govt. of India.

The various positions available for forestry and wildlife graduates are: Forester, Dendrologists, Enthologists, Entomologists, Silviculturistsis, Forest Range Officers, Zoo curators and many more.

Institutes

Wildlife Institute of India
Post Bag # 18
Chandrabani,
Dehradun-248001, Uttaranchal
EPABX: +91-135-2640111 to  2640115, 2641433, 2640990
FAX: +91-135-2640117
Email: wii@wii.gov.in 
Website: http://www.wii.gov.in

Forest Research Institute
P.O.: New Forest, 
Dehradun (Uttaranchal) - INDIA
PIN – 248 006
Phone (Director): 0135 – 2755277; E-mail: negiss@icfre.org 
Fax: 0135 – 2756865
Website: http://www.icfre.org/

Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development 
Kosi-Katarmal,
Almora 263 643 (Uttarakhand), INDIA 
Gram: HIMVIKAS Tel: +91 5962 241041, 241014    
Fax: +91 5962 241150    
E-MAIL: psdir@gbpihed.nic.in
Website: http://gbpihed.gov.in/

IGNOU, New Delhi 
(Offering short-term courses in wildlife resource management and forestry)

Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University
 Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry 

Assam Agricultural University 
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry

CCS Haryana Agricultural University
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry

C.S. Azad University of Agriculture and Technology
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry

CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry

Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry

Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry

Marathwada Agricultural University
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry

Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry

Narendra Deva University of Agriculture And Technology
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry

Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology 
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry

Punjab Agrcultural University
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry

Rajendra Agricultural University
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry

Rajasthan Agricultural University
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University  
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry

Allahabad Agricultural Institute
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry

University of Calcutta
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry

Kerala Agricultural University
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry

University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore 
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry

University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwar
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry

Annamalai University
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry

Allahabad Agricultural Institute, Allahabad
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry 

Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Ananthapur
Course: B.Sc (Forestry)/MSc Forestry

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