The Institute of Forestry (IOF) is the first and only institute in Nepal to commit itself to the education and training in Forestry and Natural Resource Management. Coming into existence as Nepal Forestry Institute at Singh Durbar in Kathmandu in 1947 under the Department of Forests, it moved to Supping (Bhim Phedi) in 1957 and again to Hetauda in 1965 for better physical facilities established by the Indian Co-operation Mission (ICM). The Institute merged into the Tribhuvan University in uly 1972 and got a new name “Institute of Forestry”. If offered a two-year Certificate Level course in Forestry only at Hetauda until 1981 when it expanded its academic programs to Pokhara, where the infrastructure for the Dean’s Office and Pokhara Campus was developed with the technical and financial assistance from the World Bank, International Development Agency (IDA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In order to meet eh growing demands for trained natural resource managers in the country, it started two academic programs at Pokhara in 1981: a two-year Technical Certificate in Forestry (TCF) and a three year Bachelor of Science in Forestry (B.ScF). In 1995, the B.ScF was modified into a four-year program in order for the students to attain sixteen years’ schooling after the completion of undergraduate level. In 2004 it evolved into a full fledged institute after launching Master of Science and Ph.D. programs in Forestry. Now it is offering three master’s programs; Master of Science in Forestry, Master of Science in Natural Resource Management and Rural Development, and Master of Science in Watershed Management. The Doctoral program of the IOF is open for all those interested in any field related to Forestry. It is a research based degree program.
The IOF has been offering courses pertinent to various disciplines of NRM and has been modifying its curricula as the time necessitates. The current curricula comprise basic science and forestry courses with due emphasis on Forest Management, Community Forestry, Agroforestry, Eco-tourism, Park and Recreation Management, Environmental Science, Wildlife, Protected Area Management, and Soil Conservation & Watershed Management. The distinguished history of access and quality of the IOF continues today, providing graduate and undergraduate students with unique opportunities to make a difference through technically sound and competent and socially amiable and yielding services to the nation in Forestry and Natural Resource Management. Teaching and Research at IOF preserve and enrich creative traditions through well designed educational programs that address the current needs and interest of civil society in the country in the area of forestry and allied fields.
The IOF is committed to producing competent and efficient manpower that can conserve natural resources ingeniously and manage them properly. With the help of its enthusiastic teaching faculty and spirited staff, it has always endeavored to ameliorate its academic environment and administer well designed educational programs that can address the current needs and interest of civil society in th country in forestry and allied fields. It is intent on satisfying student’s quest for with knowledge and pragmatic skills that will make all the difference in their professional career. In addition, the IOF encourages research activities that can address the practical problems of farmers and communities at large and carries out problem solving type of forestry research and develop technology for use in the Nepalese context.