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With its auspicious goal to produce competent and efficient human resource that can be instrumental in conservation and management of biodiversity, environment and natural resources and  development of rural communities, the IOF-PC, with the help of its enthusiastic teaching faculty and spirited staff, has always endeavored to ameliorate its academic environment and administer well designed educational programs that can address the current needs of the country  and the globe in forestry and allied fields. It is committed to satisfying student's quest for knowledge and pragmatic skills that will make all the difference in their professional career. The IOF-PC is currently running the following academic programs:

  1. Master of Science in Forestry
  2. Master of Science in Natural Resource Management and Rural Development (NRMRD)
  3. Master of Science in Watershed Management (WM)
  4. Master of Science in Community Forestry (CF)
  5. Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Forestry

Beside regular academic programs, it also conducts short-term national and international training and workshops in Forestry and allied subjects.

Natural Resource Conservation Leaders Memorial Centre of Excellence (MemCoE)

Duration: 5 years (2007-2012)

Project Goal: To strengthen the capacity of the Institute of Forestry to educate Nepal’s future professionals in forestry and natural resource management and assure that Nepal has highly qualified conservation leaders who will bring Nepal closer to its goals of biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability and healthy and productive human communities.

Specific Objectives

  1. Establish the natural resource conservation leaders memorial center of excellence in teaching and learning at the Institute of Forestry.
  2. Strengthen the professional skills, knowledge and teaching effectiveness of IOF faculty and staff.
  3. Improve career and academic advising, and other guidance for students.
  4. Develop and implement programs to ensure the inclusion and the success of all students and faculty including women, Dalits, Janajati, and those from remote areas.
  5. Ensure the sustainability of the Center of Excellence.

Major Activities: Establishing Center office; reviewing and improving course; training teachers, admin staff and students; strengthening faculty research skills, developing collaborative networks; developing a structured mentoring program; improving social inclusion and integration of women students into IOF learning culture; improving administrative and financial procedures and capabilities for transparent accountability; improving grant-writing capabilities, etc.

Funded by: USAID/Higher Education for Development (HED)

Budget: US$ 400,000.00

Collaborators: Institute of Forestry, Tribhuvan University; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia, USA; and Higher Education for Development /USAID

Associate Partners: WWF Nepal; ANSAB; Principia College (USA); and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University (USA)

Project Coordinator: Mr. Abadhesh Singh ([email protected])


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