M.Sc. (Forestry) in Forest Biology and Tree Improvement


The tree breeding and improvement is gaining significant attention and attractions in the country, mainly to augment the productivity levels, reduce the rotation and conserve the genetic resources. The changes in legal and policy decisions have reduced or totally stopped the supply of domestic and industrial wood requirement from natural forest. Simultaneously there is a growing demand for wood and wood products which assured in total mismatch between demand and supply. This scenario has compelled to design and develop an improved and organized plantation and agroforestry programme, deploying traditional and modern tools of breeding and biotechnology. The development of high yielding short rotational clones, mass multiplication technology, organized tree breeding and improved experiments, diversity analysis and deployment of biotechnological tools etc, are the major areas of interest for a breeding scholar. Considering this, Forest College and Research Institute have started M.Sc. (Forestry) in Forest Biology and Tree Improvement in 2019 judiciously incorporating classical breeding and biotechnological tools for improvement and conservation of forest genetic resources.      

Why this programme?

Study Programme

The Masters programme in Forestry has been designed following the UGC guidelines with the following objectives

Colleges offering

The master programme in M.Sc. (Forestry) in Forest Biology and Tree Improvement is offered by the Department of Forest Biology and Tree Improvement, Forest College & Research Institute, Mettupalayam

Application and Admission

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.

Future Career

The job profiles after completing the Master programme M.Sc. (Forestry) in Forest Biology and Tree Improvement is as follows:

Lecturer or Professors in SAUs

Scientists at ICAR institutes

Scientists at ICFRE

R & D, Private sector

Senior Forestry Consultant

Field Investigator

Sales/Business Development Officer

Master’s in Forest Biology and Tree Improvement

Master Courses

After admission the students undergo a set of courses that help them understand the basics of Tree breeding and as per the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) with a total credit load of 55 credits, of which 20 credits are exclusively earmarked for their Thesis Research.

Master’s thesis research

After completing the courses in the first year, the students start their thesis research. Each student is assigned to an experienced faculty, approved by the Dean of School of Post-Graduate Studies, who would guide the student on his/ her choice of research topic

Research internship

The students are exposed to several scientific events like symposia and conferences. Many are encouraged to have internship training at other institutes for a couple of months, either in India or abroad.

Student Experiences

I, Keisham Bindyalaxmi, from Manipur completed my Master’s from the Forest College and Research Institute in Mettupalayam, Department of Forest Biology and Tree Improvement. Travelling from Northeastern part of India to the Southern region, I experienced new and unique environment with new challenges however my Chairman and Professors were always there to safeguard and watch over me till I finished my course. My Chairman became my mentor during my stay and I got a chance to shape my career with his advices and motivation. My department’s professors are incredibly knowledgeable and have years of expertise, which helps me finish my research on schedule. The outcome of my research was unknown without their assistance and direction. Everything I needed to do a research experiment, including the chemicals and scientific equipment, was readily available in the department, so I had no trouble doing so. My professors taught me a lot about academic subjects, and they also helped me develop my confidence so that I could handle obstacles and difficulties in the future.The department’s support from the teaching and non-teaching staff allowed me to successfully complete my degree.

I am delighted to share my course experience and am completely satisfied with their teaching approach, the progress of the research work, and the intellectual guidance from the guides. I am also highly satisfied with the exposure visits to the various tree improvement trials during my course work. I’m very happy about the staff members and their approaches to motivating the students, covering the syllabus, providing learning materials, etc.

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