Thursday, 20 December 2007

Introduction to Institute of Forestry (Nepal)

The Institute of Forestry (IOF) is the only institution in Nepal for training middle and high level professional in forestry and natural resource management (NRM). Started as the Nepal Forestry Institute run by Singh Durbar, Kathmandu, in 1947, it was relocated to Suping (Bhim Phedi) from 1957-58 and again in Hetauda in 1965 for better physical facilities established by the Indian Cooperation Mission (ICM). The institute was managed by the Department of Forests until July 1972, when it was incorporated into the Tribhuvan University System. Here it started its new era as the Insitutue of Forestry (IOF). The IOF expanded its training programs in 1981 to Pokhara where the infrastructure of the Central campus was developed with technical and financial assistance from the World Bank, International Development Agency (IDA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)..The IOF offered a two year Certificate Level in Forestry only at Hetauda until 1981, when in order to meet the growing demand for trained natural resource managers in the country, it intitiated two academic programs; a 2 year Technical certificate in Forestry (TCF) and a three year Bachelor of Science in Forestry (BScF). In 1995, the latter was increased to a four-year program in order for students to attain sixteen years of education after the completion of undergraduate level. Currently, IOF operates two separate campuses, one at Pokhara and the other at Hetauda which implement similar academic programmes, i.e. Technical Certificate in Forestry and bachelor of Science in Forestry. IOF has further grown and added a Master of Science in Forestry (M.SC. Forestry) degree programme which is now in its third year of implementation in Pokhara.RATIONALThe Institute of Forestry is a well-established national academic and training institute. IOF has been training forestry graduates (Bachelor of Science in Forestry) for the country in the past twenty years. It is estimated that more than five hundred B. Sc. Forestry graduates of IOF, besides B. Sc. Forestry graduates from other universities, are waiting to upgrade their academic qualifications in forestry and natural resource management. Opportunities for advanced studies (Master Degree level) in the field are limited in the country. Many students go, either on government scholarship programmes or on self-finance basis, every year to foreign universities in the region or abroad to pursue their graduate studies in forestry and natural resource management.The Institute of Forestry has more than twenty years of experience in running undergraduate degree programme. It has been expanding its physical facilities, including (classrooms, laboratories, library, computer center, research forests/nursery, students apartment) and upgrading teaching staff. Most of the faculty members of IOF have got their advanced training from Australia, USA, United Kingdom, Norway, Philippines, Malasiya, India, and Pakistan. The physical and human resources available at the Institute allow running of Masters Degree programme in Forestry. Additionally, it is not only the will and capability of the Institute itself to have the fullest use of its available resources, but also the growing need and interest of the country in terms of human resource with advance training for the sustainable management of its forests and related natural resources in the twenty-first century.ABOUT IOFThe Institute of Forestry (IOF), of the Trivbuvan University, is the only institution in Nepal providing professional level training and preparing manpower in the field of forestry and related natural resources management. Initially it started as Nepal Forestry Institute at Singh Durbar in Kathmandu in 2004 BS, (1947 AD). It was shifted to Suping (Bhimphedi), Makwanpur, in 1957-58. The Institute was moved to Hetauda in 1965 in better facilities developed under technical and financial assistance received form the Government of India through the Indian Cooperation Mission. The Institute was run by the Department of Forests, His Majesties Government of Nepal until July 1972. It then became a part of the Tribhuvan University, the first and the biggest university in the country. After its incorporation into the Tribhuvan University it became the Institute of Forestry (IOF). IOF is one of the four technical institutes of the Tribuvan University including those of medicine (IOM), engineering (IOE), and agriculture (IAAS). Until late 1970s the IOF trained only sub-professional or technical grade forestry manpower (Rangers etc). The IOF expanded its academic programme in 1981 to a two -year technical certificate in forestry level and Bachelor of Science in Forestry degree. The Bachelors degree programme was shifted to new campus premises at Pokhara, built with the financial assistance from the World Bank (WB) and International Development Agency (IDA), and technical assistance from the United States Agencies for International Development (USAID). The IOF has received further development assistance from the USAID, ITTO (International Tropical Timber Organization), the Government of India and others.Currently, IOF operates at two separate campuses, one at Pokhara and the other at Hetauda, implementing academic programmes, such as Technical Certificate in Forestry, Bachelor of Science in Forestry & Master is Forest Science. IOF has further grown and added Nine Master is different despairs degree programme, & with M.Phil & Ph.D. Community Forestry at Pokhara. IOF/TU is also collaborating currently with NORAGRIC of the Agricultural University of Norway (AUN) in implementing Master of Science in Management of Natural Resources and Sustainable Agriculture (M.Sc. in MNRSA) programme partially at Pokhara. IOF's two Campuses are administered by separate Campus Chiefs under the leadership of the Dean of the Institute of Forestry. The Dean is supported by two assistance deans in steering the course of IOF into the 21st century.

This is the institute from where me and all nepalese forestry students here in Goettingen, have studied their bachelors of science in forestry. Its products have been doing quite well alover the world in the field of natural resource management.

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