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India's First and World's third Forest University to Come Up in Telangana

First forest university of India

India is soon going to get its first forest university. The Telangana Legislative Assembly and Council approved the University of Forestry (UOF) Act, 2022, on 13th september, 2022, opening the way for the transformation of FCRI (Forest College and Research Institute) Hyderabad into a full-fledged “University of Forestry (UoF)”. The ‘University of Forestry (UOF) will be the first of its kind in the country. With only Russia and China having forest universities in the world, globally, this will be the third university of forestry.

The University aims to develop Agro-Forestry models suitable for different Agroecological situations, apart from conventional forestry operations so as to reduce pressure on natural forests, economic upliftment of farming communities and enhance ecological conditions. 

Once the FCRI is upgraded to University, it is proposed to start additional 18 programmes including  PhD courses, diploma and certificate courses in urban forestry, nursery management, agro-forestry, tribal livelihood enhancement, forest entrepreneurship, climate-smart forestry and forest parks management. 

The student strength will be 726, an additional 360 to the present strength of 366 and the employee’s strength will be 210 which is an additional 92 to the present strength of 118.

To offer world-class education, the university will also network and partner with similar institutions to synergize learning. The university will promote action research by providing extensive training to the farmers.

Currently, the FCRI has 366 seats. The employees’ strength will be 210 which is an additional 92 to the present strength of 118. The Chief Minister of the State will be the Chancellor of the University, as the Chancellor will appoint the Vice Chancellor.

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