The Institute of Forestry, Pokhara Campus (IOF-PC), was established in 1981 as the Central Campus of the Institute of Forestry, one of the five technical institutes under Tribhuvan University, Nepal. The IOF, founded as Nepal Forestry Institute in Singh Durbar, Kathmandu, in 1947, was shifted to Suping (BhimPhedi) in 1957 and again to Hetauda in 1965. The IOF was run by the Department of Forests until July 1972, when it was incorporated into the Tribhuvan University, where it started its new existence as the Institute of Forestry. In order to meet the growing demands for skilled and competent natural resource managers in the country, the IOF founded the IOF-PC, which launched two academic programs: a two year Technical Certificate in Forestry (TCF) and a three year Bachelor of Science in Forestry (B.Sc.F). The latter was changed to a four- year program in 1995 and the former has been phased out. It started Master of Science (M.Sc.) programs in 2004 and has been offering courses for (a) M.Sc. in Forestry, (b) M.Sc. in Watershed Management, and (c) M.Sc. in Natural Resource Management and Rural Development, (d) M.Sc. in Community Forestry. The IOF-PC has also been facilitating Doctoral Program in Forestry run under the IOF Dean’s Office. Beside regular academic programs, it also conducts short-term national and international training and workshops in forestry and allied subjects.
Teaching and research at IOF-PC preserve and enrich creative traditions through well designed educational programs that address the current national and international needs in forestry and allied fields.
The IOF-PC has the following 6 departments each directed by head of the department to run the academic programs of respective courses efficiently and effectively.
- Department of Social Forestry and Forest Management
- Department of Forest Products and Engineering
- Department of Park Recreation and Wildlife Management
- Department of Watershed Management and Environmental Science
- Department of Silviculture and Forest Biology
- Department of Basic Science and Humanities
The IOF-PC is committed to providing quality education in Forestry and Natural Resource Management to graduate and undergraduate students, enabling them to make a difference through technically sound and competent and socially amiable and yielding services to the nation and the world in this area. The IOF-PC endeavors to develop itself as a Center of Excellence in forestry education.
To produce competent, efficient and practically oriented forest and natural resource professionals through well-structured educational programs run in an academic environment conducive to effective teaching, learning and research in order to address practical problems and current needs and interest of the nation and the world in forestry and allied fields