The Institute of Forestry, Hetauda Campus (IOF-HC) is Nepal's first and only institute dedicated to forestry and natural resource management education and training. In 1947, the department of Forest established the Nepal Forestry Institute at Singh Durbar in Kathmandu.
Currently, IOF operates at two separate campuses, one at Pokhara and the other at Hetauda, implementing academic programmes, such as Technical Certificate in Forestry, Bachelor of Science in Forestry & Master is Forest Science. IOF has further grown and added Nine Master is different despairs degree programme, & with M.Phil & Ph.D. Community Forestry at Pokhara. IOF/TU is also collaborating currently with NORAGRIC of the Agricultural University of Norway (AUN) in implementing Master of Science in Management of Natural Resources and Sustainable Agriculture (M.Sc. in MNRSA) programme partially at Pokhara. IOF's two Campuses are administered by separate Campus Chiefs under the leadership of the Dean of the Institute of Forestry. The Dean is supported by two assistance deans in steering the course of IOF into the 21st century.
The IOF has been offering courses pertinent to various disciplines of NRM and has been modifying its curriculum as time necessitates. The current curricula comprise the basic science and forestry courses with a due emphasis on forest management, community forestry, Agro-forestry, Eco-tourism, park and recreation management, Environmental science, wildlife, Protected Area Management, and Soil Conservation and 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 amicable, 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 interests of civil society in the country in the area of forestry and allied fields.
Conducting the academic research with proper utilization of our student’s resources is the main thrust of the institute. Productions of the Institute of Forestry (IOF) have been used around the world for research, extension, and development. Therefore, it generates quality manpower for the national and international demands.