Master of Science in Forestry

Post Graduate Courses M.Sc. Forestry

Master of Science in Forestry

Forestry is the art and science of tree resources, including plantations and natural stands. M.Sc. Forestry is a two years regular postgraduate degree program and is divided into 4 semesters. The M.Sc. Forestry degree at BFIT is affiliated to HNB Garhwal Central University.

“Forestry is the science or practice of planting, managing, conserving and maintaining forests and its associated resources with the aim to meets the goal of human benefit .”
M.Sc. Forestry or forest management is considered as both independent scientific branch and practical field, containing many aspects of forestry, which formulates synthetic conclusions indicating the main directions of management. It is engaged in formation of relation between nature and the man on the basis of knowledge of forest state, demand society for forest functions as well as scientific achievements and experience in solving the problems of running and organic structure of forest.
Issues like global warming, deforestation, global climatic change, water scarcity, natural disasters, etc. are all related to the effective and controlled use of forest wealth. With 175 million hectares constituting wasteland and another 110 million hectare forming severely degraded land in India, the need of the hour is to rejuvenate it through forestry-related programs. The profession of forestry has experienced rapid and perceptible changes in the last years. What used to be considered as a business and a responsibility of the local villagers has turned into a field of global concern where the preservation and conservation of biodiversity play a main role.
“The study of nature has no beginning and it has no end,” Jim Corbett had said in Jungle Lore. And the forests of our country provide an opportunity to spend a lifetime in admiring nature and make a living at the same time. In the remote areas of India, where a sizable proportion of the population depends on forests, directly or indirectly for the raw materials, employment and other daily needs, forestry is the main source of employment. In these areas appropriate steps are undertaken towards energy conservation, proper utilization of wastelands and goods and services are also produced.

A lot of career opportunities is available in this field. The career opportunities are available in public as well as in private sector. The public sector jobs includes work in zoological parks, wildlife ranges, corporate having their own plantations for timbering, wildlife research institutes, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) and its affiliated institutes, wildlife department, forest department, national parks & sanctuaries, forest nurseries. Those holding bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in forestry can apply for the Central government through the Indian Forest Service (IFS) examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.

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Forest Product Marketing, Forest Products Purchasing, Forestry Management, Forest Protection, Urban Forestry, Environmental Policy and Mgmt. (BS), Environmental Policy (MS)



* The candidate should be passed the Bachelors examination from any recognized University or its equivalent examination and secured minimum 50% marks (45% is case of SC/ST candidates) .
* Candidates who have appeared or who are likely to appear for the qualifying examination i.e. B.Sc..or equivalent but whose results have not been as yet declared can also go ahead for the admission.

Career Scope

Foresters can work in offices, laboratories or outdoors depending on their field of specialization. Employment opportunities exist with
*Governmental, non-governmental organizations interested in preservation of forest resources
*Corporate having own plantations for timbering
*Industries that utilize forest resources employ industrial and agricultural consultants
*Indian Council Of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) and its affiliated Forestry research institutes such as Forest Research Institute, DehraDun, Institute of Social Forestry and Eco-rehabilitation, Allahabad etc.
*Wildlife Research Institutes in DehraDun, Coimbatore etc.
*Zoological Parks
*Wildlife Ranges
*Education sector as tutors
*Green watchers, Wildlife Trust of India, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Environment Awareness Society, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) etc are some of the national and international voluntary organizations that actively work towards the preservation and conservation of wildlife and forests.
*Entry into the Central government is through the Indian Forest Service (IFS) examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.

Job Prospects

Such postgraduates can seek gainful career opportunities such as:

  • Forester in Forest Department of Indian Government.
  • Forest Department Officer in State Governments’ Forest Department.
  • Plantation and Resort Manager
  • Forest Product Marketing
  • Forest Products Purchasing Manager
  • Environmental Expert
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Research and Development Officer, etc.

Such foresters are recruited in areas such as:

  • Laboratories
  • Wood-based Industries
  • Outdoors, depending on the field of specialization
  • Wood Workshop and Saw Mills,
  • Wood Seasoning and Preservation Treatment Plants
  • Pulp and Paper Industries
  • Katha Making Industry
  • Rosin and Terpentine Industry
  • Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Units
  • Carpentry and bamboo crafts
  • Wood Products Industries etc.

Popular organizations that hire such postgraduates include:

  • Century Paper Mill
  • Star Paper Mills
  • ITC Bhadrachalam Paper Boards Limited
  • K Corps Limited
  • Ballarpur Industries Limited
  • Orient Paper Mills
  • WIMCO Match Industry
  • Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills, etc.

Such professionals may also pursue teaching as:

  • Assistant Professor
  • Lecturer
  • Junior Research Officer
  • Research Officer.
  • Admission Process

    1. Admission in Post Graduate Course- M.Sc. Forestry is on the basis of merit of graduation marks and personal interview.

    2. You can fill the online registration form available on the website and pay Rs. 5000/- online as the registration fee. If interested and eligible, Apply Online here

    3. Alternatively, for the Seat registration you can deposit money by making Demand Draft in favor of BFIT payable at Dehradun by depositing the cash in ICICI Bank or you can transfer money from any bank through RTGS/NEFT.

    4. Selected students will be intimated over email/phone.

    5. On the date of scheduled joining time the student shall report at the venue on time, wherein briefing of the institute, rules and regulations etc. shall be given to the students. The students should carry the following documents along with the following certificates in original for verification:

    * 8 passport size photographs.
    * TC & Migration Certificate. * Character certificate from the last school attended.
    * Marks sheet of Graduation & pass certificate.
    * 10th class marks sheet & pass certificate.
    * 12th class marks sheet & pass certificate.
    * Two sets of photocopies of all the above documents.
    * Copies of extracurricular / sports or any other major achievement done on basis of which additional consideration is being made.

    Upon verification of the above documents, the candidates shall appear for their Group Discussion and Personal Interview.
    1. If any of the above mentioned documents are not available, then the admission given shall be provisional basis unless submitted. The required documents will have to be submitted latest by 25th July 2018.
    2. The merit list is drawn on the basis of weightage as under-

    Graduation – 50%
    Personal Interview – 50%

    A merit list will be drawn on the basis of above. Those shortlisted, an offer/short listing letter will be sent to them. On Receipt of the above letter, students need to confirm their admission within 15 days of receiving the communication and deposit the course fee.
    The fee can be deposited online through our website or by making Demand Draft in favor of BFIT payable at Dehradun by depositing the cash in ICICI Bank or you can transfer money from any bank through RTGS/NEFT.
    Account Details:

    BANK NAME- ICICI BANKA/C NO.-243801000031



    IFSC CODE- ICIC0002438


    BANK NAME- SBI BANKA/C NO.-31042767195



    IFSC CODE –SBIN0000739


    BANK NAME- IDBI BANKA/C NO.-1764104000005654



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    3. Students confirmed for admission shall have to deposit the balance fee for the first year within next 30 days of confirmation of admission. Those students wishing to avail a bank loan and requiring extra time shall make a request within 3 weeks of confirmation of admission. Additional time to deposit the fee or as deemed fit by the selection committee will be granted only on an undertaking that in case the fee is not deposited till the due date, the seat may be allotted to another candidate.

    In case of sanction of higher loan amounts, the balance will be refunded to the students.

  • Course Structure

    First Semester

    • MFS-101 Advanced Silviculture
    • MFS-102 Forest Biometric
    • MFS-103 Tree Breeding
    • MFS-104 Forest Protection
    • MFS-105 Tree Physiology
    • Practical I Lab Course I (Based On Paper I & II)
    • Practical II Lab Course II (Based On Paper III & IV)

    Second Semester

    • MFS-201 Wood based Industries
    • MFS-202 Wildlife Management
    • MFS-203 Afforest ration and Agro forestry in Watershed areas
    • MFS-204 Advanced Forest Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation
    • MFS-205 Forest Resource Management and Economics
    • MFS-206 Lab Course I (Based On Paper I & II
    • MFS-207 Lab Course II (Based On Paper III , IV & V

    Third Semester

    • MFS-301 Medicinal and Aromatic Plants:
      1. Principles of Breeding of Medicinal Herbs
      2. -Processing of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
      3. -Cultivation of Commercially Important Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (Choose any One)
    • MFS-302 Plantation Technology:
      1. -Seed Collection, storage and testing
      2. -Modern Nursery Production
      3. -Vegetative Propagation Techniques (Choose any One)
    • MFS-303 Watershed management:
      1. Watershed Concept, Project formulation and Planning
      2. -Watershed Survey, Mapping and Structural Engineering Design
      3. -Watershed Hydrology and Resource Conservation (Choose any One)
    • MFS-304 4. Environmental management/ Forest Biotechnology
      1. Seed production and quality control
      2. -Introduction to forest biotechnology
      3. -Environmental Impact Assessment
      4. -Natural Resource Management (Choose any One)
    • MFS-305 Remote Sensing and GIS
    • MFS-306 Lab Course I (Based On Paper I & II )
    • MFS-307 Lab Course II (Based On Paper III & IV )

    Fourth Semester

    • MFS-401 Statistics
    • MFS-402 Research Methodology
    • MFS-403 Dissertation /Attachment with Industry,
    • MFS-404 Dissertation/ Attachment with Industry,
    • MFS-305 Lab Course I (Based On Paper I & II
    • MFS-306 Dissertation/ Attachment with Industry,
  • Fee Structure

    Details Ist YearIInd Year
    Form FeeRs. 500/-NA
    Registration FeeRs. 3000/-NA
    Campus FeeRs. 7,500/-NA
    Other Charges (Uniform, Lab practical, Seminar etc.)Rs. 11,500/-NA
    Tuition FeeRs. 50,000/-Rs. 50,000/-
    LibraryRs. 3000/-Rs. 3000/-
    Other Charges (ID card/Marathon/SMS etc.)Rs. 940/-NA
    Medical Consultation ChargesRs. 800/-Rs. 800/-
    Placements Rs. 4,000/- Rs. 4,000/-
    Dissertation/Internship/Training Charges (wherever applicable)(wherever applicable)(wherever applicable)
    University Exam FeeAs per the University NormsAs per the University Norms

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