Kathmandu Forestry College

Koteshwor, Kathmandu
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Salient Features

Field Tours

Study tours, exposure visits and excursions are integral components of the course. These tours and visits are organized in coordination with governmental organizations such as district forest offices, protected area offices and district soil conservation offices, Sagarnath Forest Development Project and non-governmental organizations such as National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).


Library at KAFCOL offers over 20,000 books (text and references), and many journals, video, CDs and DVDs.


The laboratories in our college are well equipped and well furnished with necessary materials and are managed by dedicated faculty members and technicians. There are different laboratory facilities for General Science, Forestry and GIS. 


KAFCOL has well-equipped computers laboratory. The computer lab is available to the students during the working hours for assignments, project work and other computer related works. 

Admission Guidelines

B.Sc Forestry

Students with Intermediate of Science (I.Sc.), Technical Certificate Level (TCL) in Forestry, Diploma in Forestry, +2 in Science, A-level or equivalent degree with at least 100-full-mark-courses in mathematics and biology and a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate can apply for admission into the Bachelor of Science in Forestry Program. Students aspiring to get admission into the B.Sc. Forestry program have to get through an entrance examination conducted by the IOF and are selected on their merit scores.

Diploma in Forestry

Candidates must have secured at least grade C in any two subjects i.e. Compulsory Mathematics, Compulsory Science or English and D+ in the remaining subject in School leaving Certificate (SLC) examination from recognized academic institution.

MSc Geographical Information Science and Systems

B.Sc. (10+2+3) degree holders in any discipline with at least 45 percent aggregate marks are eligible to enroll for the course.

MSc in Natural Resource Management and Rural Development

The candidate must have at least a 3 years B.Sc. Forestry degree or B.Sc. Natural Resource management or B.Sc. Environmental Science or B.Sc. Environmental Management or B.Sc. Agriculture or B.E. (Agriculture Engineering) from T.U. or any university recognized by TU.


KAFCOL also provides scholarship for 5 students administered by the Ministry of Education. KAFCOL has been granting 50% tuition fee waiver for students ranking first in every semester of bachelor degree program.  Also, women topper and a topper among Disadvantaged group and Ethnic group receive 50% tuition fee waiver in every semester.

For Diploma program, full scholarship is granted for a student ranking first in annual examination.  Similarly, full scholarship is granted for 3 students based on Guideline for Scholarship and Admission- 2071, CTEVT.

The international and national institutions are also providing scholarships to the students studying at KAFCOL in both Diploma and Bachelors degree program.


Kathmandu Forestry College (KAFCOL) is a vibrant and growing academic institution (a public company) located in Koteshwor, Kathmandu. The College has been running BSc Forestry program in affiliation with Tribhuvan University, Nepal since its establishment in 2005, and Diploma in Forestry program in affiliation with the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT), Government of Nepal, since 2009. 

Since 2012, Kathmandu Forestry College has been collaborating with University of Salzburg, Austria to jointly run a MSc in Geographical Information Science and Systems (GIS). Moreover, we have started a new MSc in Natural Resource Management and Rural Development (NRMRD) from 2015 in affiliation with the Tribhuvan University. The college has also been undertaking research and outreach projects related to biodiversity, forestry, and natural resources management. The College was jointly established by the Nepal Agroforestry Foundation (a national NGO working for promotion of agroforestry) and a group of forestry and natural resource management professionals.


Kathmandu Forestry College's vision is to become a center of excellence in education and research related to forestry and natural resources management.


The mission of KAFCOL is to produce qualified and competent human resource, become resourceful and spread its network through education, research, training, and outreach in multi and trans-disciplinary fields (focusing on Forestry and Natural Resources Management) for addressing the ever increasing challenges of sustainable development in Nepal and South Asia.

Core Values

  • No discrimination based on belief, religion, caste-ethnicity, nationality and gender
  • Respect to inclusiveness and plurality of views and socio-cultural diversity in the pursuit of quality education
  • Value and promote merit and competence while respecting inclusion and diversity
  • Responsive to changes (global and local)
  • Social responsibility to environmental issues
  • Apolitical knowledge center
  • People first-students, faculty, staff, promoters, and the community at large


  • Produce competent human resources in forestry, natural resources management, GI Science and other relevant field through high quality education and research
  • Engage and promote interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research and outreach to generate new knowledge, skill, technology and practices hand-in-hand with teaching
  • Establish networks and collaboration with relevant institutions to improve academic excellence, policy feedback and visibility
  • Develop and strengthen institutional capacity

Message from the Principal

Jhamak Karki

We are entering into an era of opportunities that is surrounded with challenges. The main challenge for us is the shift from a city-centred small building with additional hired facilities to a bigger building that will be sufficient to cater all our needs, with a clean environment, in the lap of forests needed for practical use. However, it is a bit far compared to the present location. The other challenge in education is lower enrolment rate of students in higher education institutions after basic education due to multiple reasons. Amidst this, we are committed to provide the quality education as per the expectations of the curriculum by utilising the experiences of qualified officials available in Kathmandu and blending with the young, qualified, technically sound faculties to provide the emerging needs in the global market. 

No country can develop without the positive learning environment for faculties, staff, students and the parents of the students. This is possible when we are healthy physically, mentally and eternally. Therefore, we are promoting the enabling environment to include extra-curricular activities, daily meditation sessions that focus on concentration, meditation, stress relief, be happy and mindful with the help of the trained certified trainers in the institution and from the pool of the meditation institutions in the valley. 

We are developing our coordination with the nearby community forests, local political units, conservation and development partners and individuals to provide all round practical skills in the field of forestry, natural resources, wildlife, soil conservation and watershed management. Merging ground realities in the blended socio cultural context with the evolved technology will be our motto to work. We are proud to find increasing student publication in peer reviewed journals with some talented students as single authors. The balance between working to fulfil the needs of the nation and satisfying the shareholders; needs and inspirations will be our guiding principle.

Mr. Jhamak Karki