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Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Forestry

In addition to producing high level technical professionals, the IOF-PC has also set itself the goal of producing well equipped and skilled mid-level human to contribute efficiently to natural resource conservation and management. In order to achieve this goal, it runs B.Sc. in Forestry program, offering courses pertinent to various disciplines of natural resource management.

Course Duration and Academic Session

B.Sc. Forestry is a four-year long program. Students have to take courses in seven semesters of their study and, in the eighth semester, they have to carry out research and write a research (project) paper or work on internship in the area of their interest and specialization. Each student is guided by an advisor assigned by the IOF-PC to guide his/her research or internship.

Student Intake

 A total of 80 seats per year are available in B.Sc. Forestry program of study at the IOF-PC. These seats are allocated as indicated in the table below:

Allocation of seats

Allocated Areas No. of Seats
General 30
Female 4
Capitation Self-financing 38
WWF Funded 1
Government Department/s 4
Remote area 1
IOF-PC Staff General 1
Capitation 1
Total 80

 

Admission Requirements

Students who have passed securing a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate in I.Sc., Diploma in Forestry, +2 Science, A- level or equivalent are eligible to apply for admission in the Bachelor Level program. All interested students must appear in the entrance examination administered by the Examination Section of IOF, and are selected based on their merit score for admission.

Admission Procedure

Interested and eligible candidates can apply for admission into the B.Sc. Forestry program by filling out the prescribed application forms and submitting the documents and credentials as mentioned below. Applicants can obtain application forms by paying an application processing and entrance examination fee of NPR2500.00 (subject to change). The completed application forms along with the documents and credentials must be submitted by the deadline notified.

Required Documents and Credentials

Copies of academic transcripts. In case an applicant is a graduate of a university other than Tribhuvan University, he/she has to submit a certificate of migration and a certificate of recognition and equivalence of his/her educational qualification from Curriculum Development Centre, TU.

  1. A copy if Character Certificate
  2. A copy of Citizenship certificate
  3. Three recent passport sized photographs
  4. In case of IOF staff seats, a no objection letter from the Campus Chief for application submission and an official nomination letter from the IOF for admission.
  5. In case of ‘government department seats’, pre-approval letters for application submission and letters of nomination for admission. These letters must be from the candidates’ concerned departments.

Note: A candidate applying for the remote area seat must be a citizen of a remote district of class “A” according to government’s classification and must have passed SLC examination from a public school of the same district.

Entrance Examination

Applicants have to take a two-hour long entrance examination of 100 full marks, testing their knowledge of English, mathematics, forestry, and science (physics, chemistry, botany, and zoology). The questions asked in this examination are of multiple choice objective types, based on +2 level Science and TCL level forestry courses. Full marks for the examination are allocated as follows:

Subjects No. of questions Full Marks
English 20 20
Mathematics 20 20
Forestry 20 20
Science 40 40
Total 100

An applicant must secure a minimum of 40% marks to pass the test. The final merit list of applicants will be prepared by adding 20% of the total marks obtained in the I. Sc. examination to 80% of the marks obtained in the entrance examination. Names of candidates who pass the entrance test will appear in the result list in merit order, on the basis of which candidates are selected for admission.

Evaluation and Examination System

Students are externally evaluated based on theory and practical examinations at the end of each semester. To pass the examination, students must secure 40% marks in final theory, internal assessment, practical examinations and field training seperately. A statement of marks is issued to each student after the result is published for that particular semester. Students who do not pass in the regular semester examination can appear in the make-up examination.

Attendance Requirement

 Students must attend at least 70% of the theory and practical classes in each subject. Failure to fulfill this requirement will disqualify a student from appearing in the final examination.

Award of Degree and Transcript of Academic Records

After the successful completion of all the requirements prescribed by the course curriculum a student will be eligible for award of B.Sc. degree in Forestry. An academic transcript is issued by the Controller of Examination of Tribhuvan University to individual student who has fulfilled all requirements. The academic standard of an individual student will be based on the cumulative percentage of marks secured in all examinations. The grading is as follows:

 

Grade                                           Description

Distinction                                     75% or over

First Division                                 60% to less than 75%

Second Division                             45% to less than 60%

Pass                                                  40% to less than 45 %

Design and Delivery of Curriculum

Considering the changing context of the government forest policy and legislation of the country, IOF has been constantly revising its curricula to make its graduates work successfully in forestry and natural resources management. While designing and revising curricula, each of the six Subject Committees of IOF proposes and designs the draft curriculum in their repective subjects. The Faculty Board at IOF then critically discusses and modifies the contents wherever necessary. After critical discussion and approval of the Faculty Board, the curriculum is submitted to the Academic Council of Tribhuvan University for final approval. Approved course curriculum is then implemented through the Departments at each campus.

Course Codes

BSH:   Basic Science and Humanities

FPE:    Forest Products and Engineering

PWM:  Park Recreation and Wildlife Management

SFB:    Silviculture and Forest Biology

SFM:   Social Forestry and Forest Management

WME: Watershed Management and Environmental Science

Credit Hours

Each course is assigned a certain weightage in terms of Full Marks. Again the Full Mark is divided into Theory only or Theory and Practical classes (with practical). One credit hour carries 20 marks.

Core Courses

Students enrolled in B.Sc. program in Forestry are expected to pass all the subjects prescribed in the course curriculum. Core courses are major subjects related to Forestry, Soil Conservation and Wildlife.

Elective Courses

Elective courses are designed and delivered to expose more in certain areas of Forestry. Students in their Fourth year First semester will have an opportunity to select courses offered by the departments as the elective courses as per their interest. Concerned Department will announce elective courses offered at the beginning of the academic year (session). Students must meet all requirements as prescribed in the curriculum.

Project Paper and Student’s Seminar

To develop knowledge and skills in research works, students in their Fourth year Second semester are required to work on their project papers based on his/her interest and specialization. Students are encouraged to conduct original research works on the burning issues in forestry and natural resource management aspects. Each student will be assigned an advisor to guide his/her study. The advisor will guide and advise and assign appropriate grade to the student as an internal examiner of the project paper. The project paper is also evaluated by an external expert of that subject matter. After the completion of the project work, students are expected to present his/her works in pre-scheduled seminar. Students’ research projects are supported by various national and international organizations. A few students who do not get outside funding are also supported by IOF.

Field Training and Educational Tours

In order to provide field exposure and hands-on experience, students are frequently taken to the outside camping for field training. Students visit various research stations, educational institutions, experimental and demonstration plots.

*Project Paper /Internship

For a partial fulfilment of the requirements for B. Sc. Forestry degree, all students must work on their research project paper or internship. Students are encouraged to conduct original research work based on their interests. Project papers will be finalized in coordination with campus administration on recommendation of respective student’s supervisor. The project paper will be evaluated both by the supervisor and an external evaluator.

Students should carry out the research project work or internship ln the final (8th) semester which bears 8 credit hours. During this project work period, students have to present the mid-term progress and submit interim (progress) reports to their advisors/supervisors along with a letter, from institutions where they carry out their field (project) work. If the students carry out project work in a National Park or Community Forest or in any organization, they should have certification letter from the concerned park or community forest user committee testifying their presence doing field work. Students are required to submit this letter along with their final report.

Evaluation System

 The project paper will be evaluated by the supervisor and an external evaluator. Fifty percent weightage is allocated for supervisor and the remaining fifty percent for external evaluator/s.

The interns have to present their progress report to the supervisor’. The weightage for the interim report presentation is 50 marks. The remaining final internship report (for 150 marks) will be evaluated by internal supervisor and external evaluator/s. The weightage for both its internal and external evaluator/s will be equal

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