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Bachelor Degree Program

Students with I.Sc., TCL forestry, Diploma in Forestry, +2 Science, A-level or equivalent degree with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate can apply for admission into the Bachelor level program.

All interested student must appear in the entrance examination and are selected based on their merit score.


Field Training and Educational Tours

In order to provide field exposure and hands –on experience, students are frequently taken to the outside camping for field training. Students visit various research stations, educational institutions, experimental and demonstration plots.

Project paper and student’s seminar

To develop knowledge and skills in research works, students in fourth year second semester are required to work on their project papers or internship based on their interest and specialization. Students are encouraged to conduct original research works based on the burning issues in forestry and natural resource management aspects. Each students will be assigned as advisor to guide his/her study. An advisor will guide his/her advise and grade the students’ works as an internal examiner. Project/internship report will also be evaluated by external experts of that subject matter. On completion of project/internship, students are expected to present their works in prescheduled student seminar. Students’ research projects/internship are financed by students themselves or various national and international organizations.

Elective Course

Elective course are designed and delivered to expose more in certain areas of Forestry. Students of fourth year first semester will have an opportunity to select two courses offered by the department as elective courses as per their interest. Concerned Department will announce elective courses offered in the beginning of the academic year (session). Students must meet all requirements as prescribed by the concerned department.

Core Course

Students enrolled for B.Sc. in forestry are expected to study and pass all the subjects prescribed in curriculum. Core courses are major subjects related to Forestry, Soil Conservation and Wildlife.

Credit Hours

Each course is assigned certain weighted in terms of full marks. Again in few courses full mark is divided into theory and practical classes. The theory part is again divided into final theory and internal theory. One credit hour carries 25 marks and it will be taught in 20 lecture hours.

Course Code

The course code listed in this curriculum has a short text of the Subject Committee, number, and the text in parenthesis. The abbreviated text that appears in the beginning of the course code stands for the respective Subject Committee that course falls under. The Courses are given 301 to 699 course numbers for the Bachelor’s level. The meaning of the course code is further illustrated as follows: BSH Basic Science and Humanities FPE Forest Products and Engineering PWM Park Recreation and Wildlife Management SFB Silviculture and Forest Biology SFM Social Forestry and Forest Management WME Watershed Management and Environment Science

Course Curriculum Design

The ministry of forests and soil conservation is the main government of organization that consumes most of the IOF graduates for employment. To the changing context of forest policy, and legislation of the country, IOF has been constantly revising its curricula so that its graduates can work with the village communities. While designing and revising curricula the Subject Committees propose and design the draft curricula, which are critically discussed and modified if needed by the Faculty Board of IOF. After critical discussion and approval of the Faculty Board, the curricula are submitted to the Academic Council of the Tribhuvan University for final approval. Approved course curricula are implemented through the Department of the IOF Campuses.

Attendance Requirement

On the successful completion of all the requirements prescribed by the course curriculum a student is eligible for the award of B.Sc. degree in Forestry. An academic transcript is issued by the Controller of Examinations of Tribhuvan University to individual students who have met all requirements. The academic standard of that individual students will be based on the cumulative percentage of marks secured in all examination. The grading is as follows. Grade Description Distinction 75% or over First Division 60% to less than 75% Second Division 45% to less than 60% Pass 40% to less than 45%

Evaluation and examination system

IOF has B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in forestry. Students are externally evaluated based on theory (final and internal assessment) and practical examinations at the end of each semester. Internal assessment is the responsibility of concerned teachers and campuses involved. Internal assessment will be organized by campus upon completion of minimum of 50 percent of the prescribed content off the course. Weightage of the internal examination and practicals are indicated in content of each course. To pass the examination, students must secure 40% marks in theory (separately in both final and internal), and in field training. A statement of marks is issued to each student after the result is published for that particular semester. Students who do not pass in the regular semester examination can appear in the makeup examination.

M.Sc. (Forestry)

Since 2016, we have initiated the M.Sc degree in Forestry in order to maintain the highly demands of forestry professionals around the world.

Students will have to take courses in the first three-semesters and carry out research and write a thesis in the fourth semester. However, they are required to start planning their thesis work right from the second semester in consultation with the Advisory Committee.


Project Paper and Student’s Seminar

To develop knowledge and skills in research works, students in fourth year second semester are required to work on their project papers or internship based on their interest and specialization. Students are encouraged to conduct original research works based on the burning issues in forestry and natural resource management aspects. Each student will be assigned an advisor to guide his/her study. An advisor will guide his/her advisee and grade the students’ work as an internal examiner. Project/internship report will also be evaluated by external experts of that subject. On completion of project/internship, students are expected to present their works in prescheduled student seminar. Students’ research projects/internship are financed by students themselves or various national and international organizations.

Course structure of M.Sc program


S.N.COURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
First Semester
1FPE 701Non-timber Forest Products2
2SFM 702Community Forestry and Governance2
3SFM 703Natural Resource Economics2
4WME 704Global Environmental Change2
5SFB 705Advance Silviculture2
6PWM 706Biodiversity Conservation and Protected Area Management2
                        Semester Credit Hours12
  Second Semester 
7SFB 751Agroforestry2
8SFM 752Statistical Method and Data Management3
9PWM 753Ecotourism Planning and Management2
10SFM 754Sustainable Forest Management3
11SFM 755Biometrics2
12PWM 756Wildlife Biology2
                        Semester Credit Hours14
Third Semester
13SFM 801Research Methodology and Participatory Action Research2
14WME 802Geographical Information Science4
15SFB 803Advance Forest Ecology2
16SFM 805Project Management*2
17SFB 806Forest Protection2
18FPE 807Bio-energy*2
19FPE 808Programming C++*2
20SFM 810Experiential Learning *2
21R & T 851Seminar I (Proposal Presentation)1
                       Semester Credit Hours13
Fourth Semester
22R&T 852Thesis10
23R&T 853Seminar II (Thesis Defense)1
  Semester Credit Hours11
  Total Credit Hours50

*Elective Courses (any two courses are required for registration from the group of elective courses)

An elective course will be offered only when at least seven students registered for the course


Attendance requirement

70% attendance in each theory class and hundred percent attendances in practical classes are mandatory for all M.Sc. programs.

Award of Degree

A student will become eligible for the award of M.Sc. The degree only when s/he completes all the course requirements prescribed by the IOF. No partial degree shall be awarded, in case a student fails to fulfill the requirements. After successful completion of the prescribed program of study, the Examination Board, Tribhuvan University, shall issue an official academic transcript.

Evaluation and Examination System

In order to successfully complete the M.Sc. course of study and to pass it, students must secure a minimum of 40% marks in theory, practical and term papers separately. A term paper will be assigned in the subjects having no practical, which will carry 20% of the total weightage of the theory course.

The thesis will be evaluated on the basis of following criteria:

Description                                         Percentile

Excellent                                             80% and above

Very good                                           65% to less than 80%

Good                                                   50% to less than 65%

Fair                                                      40% to less than 50%

Note: Examiners will have to give reasons for marks below 50% and above 80%.

Students must take a written test in each subject at the end of the semester. After successful completion of the course, student’s performance will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

Description                                          Percentile

Distinction                                            80% and above

First Division                                        65% to less than 80%

Second Division                                   50% to less than 65%

Pass                                                     40% to less than 50%


Advisory System

An advisory committee of two to three members (one Major Advisor and one/two Co-Advisors) will be formed by the M.Sc. Management Committee to guide research and thesis works of individual students after the students are admitted in the second semester. At least one faculty member with Ph.D. degree in related discipline or with at least Master’s Degree in related discipline and with teaching or research experience of at least 10 years will be assigned as major advisor of each student. One to two co-advisors with master degree in related discipline and work experience within or outside IOF/TU will be nominated to guide the research and thesis work. The committee, in consultation with the concerned department and the student, will decide the major advisor for each student’s research and thesis work.

Entrance Examination

Nepalese applicants have to take a three-hour long entrance examination. The questions asked in this examination are of multiple choice objective types, based on forestry and natural resource management courses of B.Sc. Forestry program. Full marks for the examination are 300 and an applicant must secure a minimum of 40% (120 marks) marks to pass the test. The final merit list of applicants will be prepared by adding 20% marks of the B.Sc. The degree to 80% of the marks obtained by the candidates in the entrance examination. Names of candidates who pass the entrance test will appear in the result list in merit order. Foreign applicants will be selected on the basis of their grades secured in the B.Sc. Degree. In case the seats reserved for foreign students remain vacant, these will be considered the high tuition fee seats for Nepalese applicants. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their merit. In case the seats in high tuition fee remain vacant, successful Nepalese applicants who have applied for low tuition fee will be given an opportunity for admission if s/he agrees to pay the high tuition fee.

Required Documents and Credentials


1.Citizenship certificate for Nepalese candidates

2.Academic transcript of B.Sc. degree in respective fields. In case an applicant is a graduate of a university other than Tribhuvan University, he/she has to submit a certificate of migration and a certificate of recognition and equivalence of his/her educational qualification from Curriculum Development Centre, TU.

3.Character Certificate

4.Three recent passport sized photographs

5.Candidates for the IOF staff seat must submit a no objection certificate from his/her Campus Chief and must be officially nominated by the IOF.

6.Candidates from other countries must have a financial support confirmation.


Admission procedure

Interested and eligible candidates can apply for admission to the M.Sc. programs by filling out the prescribed application forms and submitting the documents and credentials as mentioned below. Application forms and program brochures are available upon request for Rs. 200.00 (Two Hundred Rupees only) by the Nepalese citizens. Nepalese applicants have to pay an entrance examination fee of Rs. 1500.00 with the application. Foreign nationals have to pay US$ 25.00 at the time of submission of application. The completed application along with the documents and credentials should reach the Admission Committee in advance.

Master Degree Program

A total of 25 + 1 seats are available in M.Sc. Forestry program of study at the IOF-HC. These seats are allocated as follows:

  • Low tuition fee: 18 seats
  • High tuition fee: 7 seats
  • IOF staff seat: 1


Academic

M.Sc. (Forestry)

Since 2016, we have initiated the M.Sc degree in Forestry in order to maintain the highly demands of forestry professionals around the world.

Bachelor Degree Program

Students with I.Sc., TCL forestry, Diploma in Forestry, +2 Science, A-level or equivalent degree with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate can apply for admission into the Bachelor level program.


Campus Facilities

  • Auditorium and Conference Halls

    The IOF-HC has a well-maintained separate auditorium building for different formal and informal academic and socio-cultural programs.


  • Museum

    Museum established to facilitate teaching, research and extension activities in forestry related disciplines.


  • Library

    Library receives around 40 newsletters and journals of forestry and related fields.


  • Hostel



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Tribhuvan University Institute of Forestry Hetauda Campus
Main Road, Hetauda, Makwanpur

Tel: +977 57 520453 Fax: +977 57 520865

info@iofhc.edu.np

https://www.iofhc.edu.np
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