Silviculture - General :
General Silvicultural Principles : ecological and physiological factors
influencing vegetation, natural and artificial regeneration of forests;
methods of propagation, grafting techniques; site factors; nursery and
planting techniques-nursery beds, polybags and maintenance, water budgeting,
grading and hardening of seedlings; special approaches; establishment and
2. Silviculture - systems :
Clear felling, uniform shelter wood selection, coppice and conversion
systems. Management of silviculture systems of temperate, subtropical, humid
tropical, dry tropical and coastal tropical forests with special reference to
plantation silviculture, choice of species, establishment and management of
standards, enrichment methods, technical constraints, intensive mechanized
methods, aerial seeding thinning.
3. Silviculture - Mangrove and Cold desert :
Mangrove : habitat and characteristics, mangrove, plantation-establishment
and rehabilitation of degraded mangrove formations; silvicultural systems for
mangrove; protection of habitats against natural disasters. Cold desert -
Characteristics, identification and management of species.
4. Silviculture of trees :
Traditional and recent advances in tropical silvicultural research and
practices. Silviculture of some of the economically important species in India
such as Acacia catechu, Acacia nilotica, Acacia auriculiformis, Albizzia
lebbeck, Albizzia procera, Anthocephalus Cadamba, Anogeissus latifolia,
Azadirachta indica, Bamboo spp, Butea monosperma, Cassia siamea, Casuarina
equisetifolia, Cedrus deodara, Chukrasia tabularis, Dalbergia sisoo,
Dipterocarpus spp., Emblica officindils, Eucalyptus spp, Gmelina Arborea,
Hardwickia binata, Largerstroemia Lanceolata, Pinus roxburghi, Populus spp,
Pterocarpus marsupium, Prosopis juliflora, Santalum album, Semecarpus
anacardium,. Shorea robusta, Salmalia malabaricum, Tectona grandis, Terminalis
tomemtosa, Tamarindus indica.
1. Agroforestry, Social Forestry, Joint Forest Management and Tribology :
Agroforestry - scope and necessity; role in the life of people and
domestic animals and in integrated land use, planning especially related to
(i) soil and water conservation; (ii) water recharge; (iii) nutrient
availability to crops; (iv) nature and eco-system preservation including
ecological blances through pest-predator relationships and (v) providing
opportunities for enhancing bio-diversity, medicinal and other flora and
fauna. Agro forestry systems under different agro-ecological zones; selection
of species and role of multipurpose trees and NTFPs, techniques, food, fodder
and fuel security. Research and Extension needs. Social/Urban Forestry :
objectives, scope and necessity; peoples participation. JFM - principles,
objectives, methodology, scope, benefits and role of NGOs. Tribology - tribal
scene in India; tribes, concept of races, principles of social grouping,
stages of tribal economy, education, cultural tradition, customs, ethos and
participation in forestry programmes.
2. Forest Soils, Soil Conservation and Watershed management :
Forests Soils, classification, factors affecting soil formation; physical,
chemical and biological properties.
Soil conservation - definition, causes for erosion; types - wind and water
erosion; conservation and management of eroded soils/areas, wind breaks,
shelter belts; sand dunes; reclamation of saline and alkaline soils, water
logged and other waste lands. Role of forests in conserving soils. Maintenance
and build up of soil organic matter, provision of loppings for green leaf
manuring; forest leaf litter and composting; Role of microorganisms in
ameliorating soils; N and C cycles, VAM.
Watershed Management - concepts of watershed; role of mini-forests and forest
trees in overall resource management, forest hydrology, watershed development
in respect of torrent control, river channel stabilization, avalanche and
landslide controls, rehabilitation of degraded areas; hilly and mountain
areas; watershed management and environmental functions of forests;
water-harvesting and conservation; ground water recharge and watershed
management; role of integrating forest trees, horticultural crops, field
crops, grass and fodders.
3. Environmental Conservation and Biodiversity :
Environment; components and importance, principles of conservation, impact
of deforestation; forest fires and various human activities like mining,
construction and developmental projects, population growth on environment.
Pollution - types, global warming, green house effects, ozone layer depletion,
acid rain, impact and control measures, environmental monitoring; concept of
sustainable development. Role of trees and forests in environmental
conservation; control and prevention of air, water and noise pollution.
Environmental policy and legislation in India. Environmental Impact
Assessment. Economics assessment of watershed development vis-a-vis ecological
and environmental protection.
4. Tree Improvement and Seed Technology :
General concept of tree improvement, methods and techniques, variation and
its use, provenance, seed source, exotics; quantitative aspects of forest tree
improvement, seed production and seed orchards, progeny tests, use of tree
improvement in natural forest and stand improvement, genetic testing
programming, selection and breeding for resistance to diseases, insects, and
adverse environment; the genetic base, forest genetic resources and gene
conservation in situ and ex-situ. Cost benefit ratio, economic evaluation.
1. Forest Management and Management Systems :
Objective and principles; techniques; stand structure and dynamics,
sustained yield relation; rotation, normal forest, growing stock; regulation
of yield; management of forest plantations, commercial forests, forest cover
monitoring. Approaches viz., (i) site-specific planning, (ii) strategic
planning, (iii) Approval, sanction and expenditure, (iv) Monitoring (v)
Reporting and governance. Details of steps involved such as formation of
Village Forest Committees, Joint Forest Participatory Management.
2. Forest Working Plan :
Forest planning, evaluation and monitoring tools and approaches for
integrated planning; multipurpose development of forest resources and forest
industries development; working plans and working schemes, their role in
nature conservation, bio-diversity and other dimensions; preparation and
control. Divisional Working Plans, Annual Plan of Operations.
3. Forest Mensuration and Remote Sensing :
Methods of measuring - diameter, girth, height and volume of trees;
form-factor; volume estimation of stand, current anuual increment; mean annual
increment. Sampling methods and sample plots. Yield calculation; yield and
stand tables, forest cover monitoring through remote sensing; Geographic
Information Systems for management and modelling.
4. Surveying and Forest Engineering :
Forest surveying - different methods of surveying, maps and map reading.
Basic principles of forest engineering. Building materials and construction.
Roads and Bridges; General principles, objects, types, simple design and
construction of timber bridges.
1. Forest Ecology and Ethnobotany :
Forest ecology - Biotic and aboitic components, forest eco-systems; forest
community concepts; vegetation concepts, ecological succession and climax,
primary productivity, nutrient cycling and water relations; physiology in
stress environments (drought, water logging salinity and alkalinity). Forest
types in India, identification of species, composition and associations;
dendrology, taxonomic classification, principles and establishment of herbaria
and arboreta. Conservation of forest ecosystems. Clonal parks,
Role of Ethnobotany in Indian Systems of Medicine; Ayurveda and Unani -
Introduction, nomenclature, habitat, distribution and botanical features of
medicinal and aromatic plants. Factors affecting action and toxicity of drug
plants and their chemical constituents.
2. Forest Resources and Utilization :
Environmenatlly sound forest harvesting practices; logging and extraction
techniques and principles, transportation system, storage and sale; Non-Timber
Forest Products (NTFPs) definition and scope; gums, resins, oleoresins,
fibres, oil seeds nuts, rubber, canes, bamboos, medicinal plants, charcoal,
lac and shellac, Katha and Bidi leaves, collection; processing and disposal.
Need and importance of wood seasoning and preservation; general principles of
seasoning, air and kiln seasoning, solar dehumidification, steam heated and
electrical kilns. Composite wood; adhesives-manufacture, properties, uses,
plywood manufacture-properties, uses, fibre boards-manufacture properties,
uses; particle boards manufacture; properties uses. Present status of
composite wood industry in India in future expansion plans. Pulp-paper and
rayon; present position of supply of raw material to industry, wood
substitution, utilization of plantation wood; problems and possibilities.
Anatomical structure of wood, defects and abnormalities of wood, timber
identification - general principles.
3. Forest Protection & Wildlife Biology :
Injuries to forest - abiotic and biotic, destructive agencies,
insect-pests and disease, effects of air pollution on forests and forest die
back. Susceptibility of forests to damage, nature of damage, cause,
prevention, protective measures and benefits due to chemical and biological
control. General forest protection against fire, equipment and methods,
controlled use of fire, economic and environmental costs; timber salvage
operations after natural disasters. Role of afforestation and forest
regeneration in absorption of CO2. Rotational and controlled grazing,
different methods of control against grazing and browsing animals; effect of
wild animals on forest regeneration, human impacts; encroachement, poaching,
grazing, live fencing, theft, shifting cultiation and control.
4. Forest Economics and Legislation :
Forest economicsâ€“fundamental principles, cost-benefit analyses;
estimation of demand and supply; analysis of trends in the national and
international market and changes in production and consumption patterns;
assessment and projection of market structures; role of private sector and
co-operatives; role of corporate financing. Socio-economic analyses of forest
productivity and attitudes; valuation of forest goods and service.
Legislationâ€“History of forest development; Indian Forest Policy of 1894,
1952 and 1990. National Forest Policy, 1988 of Peopleâ€™s involvement, Joint
Forest Management, Involvement of women; Forestry Policies and issues related
to land use, timber and non-timber products, sustainable forest management;
industrialisation policies; institutional and structural changes.
Decentralization and Forestry Public Administration. Forest laws, necessity;
general principles, Indian Forest Act 1927; Forest Conservation Act, 1980;
Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and their amendments; Application of Indian Penal
Code to Forestry. Scope and objectives of Forest Inventory.