The BSc Forestry program was launched in the year 2080 by Far-Western University as a new and innovative program to meet the current and future needs of the forestry sector in Nepal. The university opened admission for the concurrent academic session for students who are interested in pursuing a career in forestry or related fields.
The program will be taught at the Kailali Multiple Campus, which is a constituent campus of Far-Western University located in Dhangadhi, Kailali district.
The Bachelor of Science in Forestry (BSc Forestry) program is a four-year undergraduate course of Far-Western University with eight semesters that aims to produce qualified and competent forestry graduates who can contribute to the sustainable development of the country. The program covers various topics of forestry, such as silviculture, forest ecology, forest management, forest economics, forest policy and governance, forest products and utilization, forest engineering, wildlife management, watershed management, community forestry, agroforestry, climate change and adaptation, forest biotechnology, forest inventory and mensuration, forest research and extension, and forest statistics. The program also provides opportunities for students to gain practical experience through field visits, internships, project work, and research.
The minimum qualification for entry to BSc Forestry at Far Western University is Intermediate (12 years of school education) in Science (with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and/or Mathematics) or Diploma inForestry stream with at least 50% or C+ grade.
A graduate of the BSc Forestry program can work as a variety of professionals in the forestry sector, depending on their interest, skills, and qualifications. Some of the possible job roles are:
- Forest officer: A forest officer is responsible for planning, implementing, and monitoring various forest activities, such as forest management, conservation, protection, utilization, and development. A forest officer also supervises and coordinates the work of forest staff, contractors, and stakeholders. A forest officer may work for the government, NGOs, or private organizations.
- Forest ranger: A forest ranger is responsible for patrolling and protecting the forest areas from illegal activities, such as poaching, logging, encroachment, and fire. A forest ranger also assists in enforcing forest laws and regulations, conducting forest surveys and inventories, and providing public education and awareness.
- Forest technician: A forest technician is responsible for assisting in various technical aspects of forestry, such as collecting and analyzing data, operating and maintaining equipment, conducting experiments, and preparing reports.
- Forest consultant: A forest consultant is responsible for providing expert advice and guidance on various forestry issues and projects to clients, such as governments, NGOs, private organizations, or individuals. A forest consultant also conducts assessments and evaluations, prepares proposals and reports, and facilitates trainings and workshops. A forest consultant may work independently or for a consulting firm.
- Forest educator: A forest educator is responsible for teaching and training students and professionals on various aspects of forestry, such as theory, practice, policy, and management. A forest educator also develops curriculum and materials, organizes field trips and seminars, and evaluates learning outcomes. A forest educator may work for educational institutions or training centers.