B.Sc. (Hons.) Forestry


Realizing the pivotal role, the forests play in the economic prosperity and ecological stability of a country,   Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) started the Department of Forestry during 1973 as a forerunner to a College of Forestry.   Though mandated then to carry out research in agroforestry, plantation forestry and exotic forestry, the department also took up the responsibility of including a course in agroforestry in B.Sc. (Agri.) and B.Sc. (Hort.) degree programmes. With the passing of time and the concomitant multiplication of problems encountered by the State Forest Department, Tree Growing Farmers and Wood Based Industries and also to cater the needs a Forest Research Station encompassing an area of 200 hectares was started in February 1976 as an adjunct to the Department of Forestry in the sylvan surroundings of the Jakkanarai Reserve Forest at Mettupalayam.


Professional Forestry Education as a University degree programme was first introduced in the State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) in 1985 by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). TNAU was one among the five SAUs then identified by ICAR for initiating forestry education and research.


The main objective of graduate programme in forestry is to create professional manpower needs of the country in order to sustainably conserve and manage the forest. Besides the curricula is designed to create skill and expertise on plantation technology coupled with the associated value addition process. 


The syllabi and curricula of B.Sc. (Hons.) Forestry has been designed and developed in line with the recommendations of both ICAR & ICFRE accreditation systems. Currently, the semester system is continued with a paradigm shift in syllabi content and examinational pattern. The University revises the syllabi of Undergraduate programmes once in every four years based on the National and International demands in the field of forestry. While revising the syllabus, the recommendations of the National level Dean’s Committee (ICAR) and norms of the ICAR are strictly adhered to. The views and suggestions of the Alumni, various stake holders viz., the Forest and allied departments, forest based industries, research organizations, NGOs, farmers etc., are also  taken into consideration.


At present five Departments are functioning to take care of the B.Sc. (Hons.) Forestry/ B.Sc. (Forestry) education and student ready    programme.

Why this program?

The forest in general and management in particular has witnessed a paradigm shift due to advancements made in science and technology coupled with the legal and policy changes. The growing demand for wood and wood products and increasing consciousness on conservation demanded application of advanced science and technology in forestry education. Considering this growing interest Forest College and Research Institute has introduced UG programme in Forestry and incorporated all advances for conservation of natural forest and augmenting the productivity of plantation forest. The course curricula have been designed in such a way that the syllabus will inculcate the advanced scientific skills thereby leading to create professional man power requirement for the country with the following objectives

Study Program

This is a Four-year programme with a well-designed curriculum on incorporating traditional and recent technologies in forestry as a substratum for the growth of young forestry professionals. Forestry work experience in attachment with forest department, Internship with the wood and non-wood based industries, attachment with the farmers on farm forestry, Jungle survival trainings, model projects, etc. expose the young buds to real administrative and industry scenarios are the significant skill development activities..

Future Career

Admission and Application

Interested in taking part in the Program of B.Tech. (Agricultural Engineering)? Find out more about the specific Admission requirements and the application procedures. If you doubt whether admission is possible, feel welcome to apply online. The Admission Committee will check your admissibility.


The college has created a history of sending 114 of its alumni into Indian Forest Service conducted by UPSC since 1994. Besides one each in IAS and IPS cadre have also been backed by students of Forest College. More than 245 graduates are appointed as Forest Range Officers and serving in TamilNadu Forest Department. The PG scholars of this institute were successfully employed in ICAR and ICFRE institutes as Scientist and Professor in various State Agricultural Universities. More than 15 graduates are serving as plantation mangers in various wood based industries. With above all several scholars are pursuing higher educations in various Universities abroad.  In holistic analysis Forest College and Research Institute has great privilege of producing successful and professional scholars who are contributing to the Nation. 

Student Experiences

Myself H.B. Roghan, completed my B. Sc. (Hons.) Forestry degree programme during 2018-2022. It was a very good experience as the courses designed was very good and the same time it covered all the aspects of forestry. The study tour was also good. RAWE program was very nice. Overall, it was a good degree program. I’m pursuing my PG now at Forest College and Research Institute.

I, V. Kabinesh, finished my B. Sc. (Hons.) in Forestry programme between 2018 and 2022. The courses were excellently structured and covered every area of forestry, making it a really positive experience. The study tour was also excellent. The RAWE programme was wonderful. Overall, the degree programme was excellent. At Forest College and Research Institute, I’m currently pursuing my PG degree.

I’m Kanmani, I’ve completed my B Sc. (Hons.) Forestry degree program during the academic year between 2018 and 2022. The courses were perfectly framed in order to learn every aspect of forestry both theoretically and practically. On the whole it was a splendid experience.

I am Aishwarya, completed my undergraduate degree B.Sc. (Hons.) Forestry between 2018-2022. The experience of the overall program was very good. The syllabus was perfectly designed. The practical classes were very much lively. Overall, it is an excellent degree program.

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