Forestry in Nepal

All about Forestry course in Nepal

As we all know that the day by day growth of population and pollution has been suffering human beings as well as other wild animals which have created a need of education which directly deals with natural resources like forests, rivers, lakes, wetland etc by giving the student the proper knowledge of managing such resources. Nepal is not an exceptional case where the deforestation and pollution have not taken its place. The need for exact knowledge about how we can save forests, how we can manage it and how we can use it as a natural resource has been felt years ago. To fulfil this need of education which is concerned with forests and wildlife, the largest university of Nepal; Tribhuvan University introduced a course called Bachelor of Science in Forestry (B.Sc. Forestry) to make some professionals on Forestry field.

Actually Forestry is a science of creating, managing, using, conserving, and repairing forests and associated resources, in a sustainable manner, to meet desired goals, needs, and values for human benefit. Thus Forestry education can be simply defined as the education which gives knowledge to students about creating, managing, using, conserving and repairing forests and other associated resources. The knowledge of forestry can be used to create a system which does not harm nature and is accepted by the community. While creating such a system you can’t ignore nature and community.
In Nepal, you can join forestry education immediately after completing your school level or completing your +2 in science faculty. After completing your SLC you can join three years diploma in Forestry which is run by CTEVT and after completing your higher secondary level you can join B.Sc. Forestry which is run by TU.

Diploma in forestry

This course is designed to fulfil student’s interest from the beginning and help them to find their career in Forestry. Some information regarding to this course is given below:

1. Major Subject Areas

The major subject areas include:
silviculture, Agroforestry, Forest Management, Forest Mensuration, Soil and Water Conservation, Eco-Tourism and Recreation, Entrepreneurship Development and Wild-Life and Bio-diversity Conservation.

2. Academic session

The session starts in August-September each year.

3. Eligibility to study diploma in forestry in Nepal

The candidate applying for this course:
a. Should have passed SLC level examination with at least second division (45%) marks.
b. Should have passed entrance examination conducted by CTEVT.

4. Tuition fee for diploma on forestry

Tuition fee for forestry in Nepal varies from college to college. Generally, it costs something from Rs. 200000 to Rs. 400000 to complete diploma in Forestry at private colleges in average.
After completing this course you can join B.Sc. Forestry.

B.Sc. Forestry

The course is designed to engage your interest from the start and help you to find the career you want with world-wide focus on environmental issues and the need for individual and institutions to consider environmentally friendly and sustainable approaches. Some information regarding to this course is given below:

1. Major subject Areas

• Forest Management and Mensuration
• Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation
• Integrated Watershed Management
• Community Forestry and Agro forestry
• Geographic Information System
• Eco-tourism and Recreation
• Sivilculture

2. Courses

Forest Extension & Communication, English for Forestry, Surveying and Engineering, Forest Mensuration, Forest Policy and Law, Sociology for Forestry, Introductory Agroforestry, Physics for Forestry, English for Forestry, Forest Botany, Forest Zoology, Mathematics for Forestry, Chemistry for Forestry, Introductory Silviculture, Basic Economics, Field Training, Forest Management, Introductory Forest Products Utilization, Introductory Soil Conservation and Watershed Management, Wildlife Management and Eco-Tourism, Community Forestry, Forest Surveying, Forest Statistics, Forest Geology, Wildlife Biology, Plantation Silviculture, Tree Improvement Silviculture, Tree Physiology, Forest Ecology, Forest Economics, Forest Hydrology, Soil Science, Forest Engineering, Community Based Forest Management, Forest Protection, Air Photo Interpretation and Photogrammetry, Forest Harvesting and Logging, Soil Conservation Engineering and Watershed Management, Experimental Design for Forestry, Tourism and Recreation, Digital Remote Sensing, Forest Management, Forest Products Utilization, Wildlife Conservation, Advance Silviculture, Watershed Management, Agroforestry, Range Management, Protected Area Management, Environmental Science, Community Forestry, Research Methodology for Forestry, Student’s Seminar, Research Works Project Paper.

3. Elective Courses

Non-Timber Forest Products, Vertebrate Ecology, GIS Application in Natural Resources Management,
Environmental Chemistry, Bio-Chemistry, Conservation Biology.
Each student has to register for one elective subject offered by the campus.

4. Academic Session

The session starts in December-January each year.

5. Eligibility to study bachelors in forestry in Nepal

The candidate applying for this course:
a. Should have passed diploma in forestry or +2 Science with at least 45% aggregate marks.
b. Should have passed entrance examination conducted by Institute of Forestry/TU Pokhara.
For more information contact institute of Forestry at

After finishing your B.Sc. Forestry, you can join M.Sc. Forestry of TU. You can also do Ph.D. Forestry after completing you M.Sc. Forestry.

Opportunities for getting Scholarships

If have will to study B.Sc. Forestry and you are talent enough for this course, you can get scholarships from various funding agencies. To date, students of B.Sc. Forestry are getting scholarships from the following organizations/institutions:
• Winrock International, Nepal
• World Wildlife Fund (WWF),
• Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project
• Nepal Australia Community Resource Management Project
• Livelihood for Forestry Program, DFID, Nepal
• DANIDA fellowship through Natural Resource Management Sector Assistance Program (NARMSAP)
• besides scholarships and fellowships from outside funding agencies, TU, IOF also has been offering scholarships and free ships to competent students.
To get scholarships, we recommend you to make contact with respective organizations/institutions.

What after B.Sc. Forestry in Nepal??

After the degree program, you can go for either a job or higher studies. There is an increase in the consciousness for the protection of forestry. Therefore, the chances in this field are also improving. The jobs are available more in the government sector. You can go for M.Sc. in forestry. You should have a graduation in the concerned subject. Some other options for you are M.Sc. in wildlife, wood science & technology.
Career opportunities
Once you completed the Forestry program, you can get jobs in many sectors. You can have a government, non-government jobs. Some of the employment opportunities for forestry professionals are given below:

1. Government Sector

In government sector there is great scope for forestry graduates in many sectors. For example forestry graduates can become the Range officer.

2. Universities and Research center

The highly educated forestry professionals can join the university teaching and research.

3. Self employment

The forestry professionals can launch their own enterprises in the field of plan nursery center, furniture industries, agriculture implement centre etc.


Employment opportunities exist in non-governmental organizations interested in preservation of forest resources.

5. Foreign Jobs

The doors are open to the talented and experienced forestry professionals in the international agencies working in the field of forestry. For example, you can get a job on International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), World Bank etc.

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