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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.

Rabindra Adhikari

Name: Rabindra Adhikari

Position: Assistant Professor

Appointed Subject: Soil Science

Department: Watershed Management and Environmental Science (WME)


  • Master of Science – Soil Science (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Post Graduate Diploma: Remote Sensing and GIS (IIRS, India)

Interest Area:

  • Soil and Land Management, Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) assessment and mapping, Land Monitoring and forest biomass estimation using earth observation data

Research & Publications:

  • Subedi, T.B. & Adhikari, R. 2017. Micronutrient Requirement of Rice and its Management in Nepal (Rice Compendium). Crop Development Directorate (CDD), Nepal and Agronomy Society of Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal. ISBN: 978-9937-0-2622-2 (pp 358-68)
  • Acharya, P., Dutta, J.P., Regmi P.P. and Adhikari, R. 2014. Economics of production, marketing and export potentiality of large cardamom in eastern hills of Nepal: A case from Illam district. Nepalese Journal of Agriculture Science, vol 12, 2014 (pp 74-81).
  • Adhikari, R. 2013. Evolution of the soil mineralogical composition in a toposequence on Isla Santa Cruz (Galápagos). M.Sc. research thesis. University Ghent, Belgium.
  • Khatiwada, B.P., Ghimire, R., Adhikari, R. and Osti, S. 2012. Increasing Crop Water Productivity through Local Crops and Technologies: A Case from the Ethnic Chepang Community of Nepal. Journal of Water, Energy and Environment (50-53).

Key Technical Skills

  • Conducting research on Agriculture soil science
  • Remote Sensing and Satellite Image Interpretation
  • Skill on Multi-Spectral Data Analysis (Optical, Microwave, Hyperspectral)
  • RS and GIS approach in soil erosion modeling (RUSLE, MMF..)
  • Forest Fire Mapping using Sentinel 1 and 2 imageries
  • Soil Fertility Assessment in the field and in laboratory
  • Biological Soil Test (Soil Fertility trial) in farmers filed as well as Research Field)
  • Soil survey and classification (WRB and USDA Soil Taxonomy)
  • Soil analysis; chemical – CEC, pH, SOC, P-retention, Selective dissolution, Clay separation, Mineral identification, texture determination, X-ray Diffraction techniques for soil mineralogy
  • Application of soil sensors equipment for soil research (vis-NIR, TDR, EMI)

Scholarships and Awards

  • Full funding support for entire course period (July 1st 2019 to March 31st 2020) in Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Deharadun, India by Centre for Space Science & Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP) through United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).
  • Awarded with UGhent Master Grant (2011-2013) for the full study period of Masters in Physical Land Resources ‘Soil Science’ in Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
  • Awarded free-ship during the study period of I. Sc. for 8 months

Organizational Involvement

  • Member: Editorial Board, Journal of Forestry and NRM (2017 – 2019) (
  • Member (Student): IEEE, Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (2020)
  • Life Member: Nepalese Soil Science Society
  • Member: Soil Science Society, Belgium (2012-2013)
  • Member: International Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) – 2019, 2020
  • Member: American Micro-biological Society – 2019

Volunteer Service: 

  • United Nations Volunteer (UNV) – Nepal

Field Officer: United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Kathmandu

Project: Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management and Livelihood Improvement Program

Field site: Chitwan, Madi


Email: [email protected], [email protected]

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