Forestry and Wildlife are two major fields that are growing in India in terms of training and opportunities. Extraction of resources and extinction of various types of wildlife are two important concerns of the governments and various voluntary bodies. India has huge forest reserves and diverse wildlife has been its major asset. Those trained in forestry and wildlife can find opportunities in laboratories, NGOs, Wildlife institutes etc. Following are the courses and qualifications required for these courses and institutes offering specialized courses in Forestry, Forest Management and Wildlife.
Forestry and wildlife courses are available at undergraduate and post graduate levels in India. Essential qualification required to pursue Graduation in Forestry is 10+2 with Biology / Agriculture as a main subject. Those having Graduation in Agriculture/ Forestry/ Botany/ Zoology etc. can take up M.Sc. level courses in Forestry and Wildlife. Following are major courses:
1. B.Sc. Forestry / Wildlife
2. M.Sc. Forestry / Wildlife / Wood Science and Technology
There are specialized institutes for wildlife courses. Many of the agricultural Universities are offering different courses in Forestry. Following are some of the top and important universities/ colleges offering courses in Forestry and Wildlife:
1. University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore.
2. College of Agriculture and Regional Research Station, Krishinagar, Dharwad, Karnataka.
3. College of Fisheries, Panangad, Ernakulam, Kerala.
4. College of Forestry, Vellanikkara, Thrissur, Kerala.
5. Forest Research Institute (Deemed University), I.P.E.P.O., Kaulagarh Road, Dehradun– 248006, Website: www.infre.org.
6. Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh- 202002, Uttar Pradesh.
7. College of Agriculture, Hebbal, Bangalore, Karnataka.
8. IIFM- Indian Institute of Forest Management, Nehru Nagar, Bhopal, M.P.- 462003.
9. University of Agricultural Sciences, Krishinagar, Dharwad.
10. College of Agriculture, Ludhiana, Punjab.
11. Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehra Dun (affiliated to Postgraduate School, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.
12. Saurashtra University, Rajkot.
13. Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukj Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola- 444104.
14. Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneshwar- 751003.
15. Sher-E Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Shalimar Campus, Srinagar -191121.
16. Dr. Y. S. Parmar University of Agriculture & Forestry, Solan- 173230.
17. Manipur University, Canchipur, Imphal- 795003.
18. Karnataka University, Dharwad- 580003.
19. Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun- 248001, Web: www.wii.gov.in.
20. Forestry Research Institute, Dehradun- 248006.
21. North-Eastern Hill University, NEHU Campus PO, Shillong- 793022.
22. GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar- 263145.
23. Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141008.
24. Birsa Agricultural University, Kanke, Ranchi, Jharkhand.
25. Haryana Agricultural University, Hissar, Haryana.
26. Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur-482004.
27. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
28. Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Dapoli- 415712.
29. College of Forestry, Vellanikkara, Trichur-680654, Kerala, .
30. Kumaon University, Nainital- 263001.
31. H N Bahuguna Garhwal University, Srinagar- 246174, Uttar Pradesh.
32. Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth, Krishi Nagar, Parbhani- 431402.
33. Gujarat Agricultural University, Sardar Krushinagar-385506.
34. Osmania University, Hyderabad- 500007.
35. College of Agriculture, Hissar, Haryana.