Teaching Programmes

The College of Forestry offers B Sc (Hons.) in Forestry degree at the undergraduate and M Sc, and Ph D degrees in different disciplines at postgraduate level. The constituent departments of the college offer courses for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in their respective disciplines. The teachers of the departments are fully involved in framing of course curricula, teaching and evaluation of students and research guidance to postgraduate students. The academic activities of the college are implemented strictly in accordance with the provisions of the Academic Regulations of the University approved by the Academic Council.

Programmes offered and their duration

Undergraduate Level

  • B Sc (Hons.) in Forestry: 4-year programme – 8 Semesters


Postgraduate Level

M Sc in chosen discipline: 4 Semesters

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agroforestry
  • Environment Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Forest Genetic Resources
  • Medicinal & Aromatic Plants
  • Microbiology
  • Plantation Technology
  • Silviculture
  • Soil Science
  • Statistics
  • Watershed Management
  • Wood Science & Technology


1-year Postgraduate diploma in Medicinal & Aromatic Plants


Ph D in chosen discipline: 6 Semesters

  • Ph. D. Agricultural Economics
  • Ph D (Forestry) Agroforestry
  • Ph D Environmental Science
  • Ph D (Forestry) Forest Genetic Resources
  • Ph D (Forestry) Medicinal & Aromatic Plants
  • Ph D Microbiology
  • Ph D (Forestry) Natural Resource Economics
  • Ph D (Forestry) Silviculture
  • Ph D Soil Science
  • Ph D Statistics



Undergraduate Courses

B Sc (Hons.) in Forestry

Semester-wise courses

Postgraduate Courses

M. Sc



Academic evaluation

The evaluation of student’s achievement in a course is based on performance in i) written tests, ii) practical, and iii) special assignments. The relative weightage given to various tests are determined by the Instructor in consultation with the Head of the Department. The university adopted the guidelines of the III Deans’ Committee of the ICAR for external evaluation at undergraduate level with effect from the academic year 1998-99 and 50 per cent marks in each course were earmarked for external evaluation, both in theory and practical examinations. However from 2000-01 academic session 50 per cent external evaluation in practical examinations was dispensed with because of problems experienced in the conduct of practical examinations through external examiners. At present, external evaluation is confined to theory examinations. Two written tests are essential for evaluation of a course, namely mid-term examination (internal) and end-term examination (external). The guidelines of the IV Deans’ Committee of the ICAR were adopted in the academic session of 2008.

a) Mid-term Examination

In each course, a written test lasting for at least one hour is given during the tenth or eleventh week of the semester as per the academic calendar. Under the external system of evaluation, the mid-term examination is conducted by the Dean as a common examination.

b) End-of-term Examination

The End-of-term examination is conducted towards the end of the semester in each course that lasts for at least two hours and covers the entire subject matter of the course. The examination is conducted by the Dean as a combined examination for all the degree programmes of the college as per the academic calendar. The paper setting and evaluation of end-of-term examination is done by the external examiner.


Postgraduate Students

a) Course evaluation

The procedure for course evaluation of M Sc and Ph D students is the same as for undergraduate students. However, the system of evaluation is internal and the students are evaluated in each course for 100 marks internally.

For the award of M Sc and Ph D degree, a student has to deliver/ present one and two seminars, respectively, of one credit hour each, which are evaluated by the seminar in-charge with the help of 3-4 other senior faculty members.


b) Comprehensive examination evaluation

The Ph D students have to clear successfully a comprehensive examination, after completing 75 per cent of prescribed theory load, which comprises written and oral examination. The written comprehensive examination consists of two papers, one each in the major and minor subjects, to be evaluated internally and the student has to secure at least 60 per cent marks in each paper for clearing the test. The oral comprehensive examination is conducted by an External Examiner who is invited from other institution/university, along with the members of the advisory committee of the student.


c) Thesis evaluation

The postgraduate student is required to give colloquium before the submission of thesis, and the thesis is evaluated by external examiner. In the case of M Sc degree, the thesis is evaluated by one external examiner and the same external examiner is invited to conduct the final viva-voce examination along with the advisory committee of the student. In the case of Ph D degree, copies of the thesis are sent to two external examiners for evaluation and one of them is invited to conduct the final viva-voce examination along with the advisory committee of the student.


  • PGS-503 “Intellectual Property and its Management in Agriculture” (1+0)
  • PGS-505 “Agricultural Research, Research Ethics and Rural Development Programmes” (1+0)
  • PGS-506 “Disaster Management” (1+0)

Financial Assistance:

Undergraduate Programmes

  • ICAR National Talent Scholarship of ` 1000/- PM.
  • College Merit Scholarship of ` 350/- PM (10% of the enrolment).
  • Government of India scheduled caste/ tribes and low income group stipend through State Education Department. The value of stipend is equivalent to the tuition and other fee.
  • Dr O.P. Awasthi Merit Scolarship of Rs 500 PM for one boy student of BSc (Hons.) Horticulture
  • Dr Kanta Devi Awasthi Merit Scolarship of Rs 500 PM for one girl student of BSc (Hons.) Horticulture
  • Interest free loan for SC/ ST students from HP Scheduled Castes and Tribes Development Corporation.
  • District Soldier Board stipend (amount of stipend is variable).


Master’s Programme

  1. University Merit Scholarship : 1500/- PM.
    (one in each discipline)
  2. University Stipend : 800/- PM
    (for HP domiciles not getting any financial assistance)


Doctoral Programme

  1. University Merit Scholarship : 2000/- PM
    (one in each discipline)
  2. University Stipend : 1000/- PM
    (for HP domiciles not getting any financial assistance)


ICAR/ CSIR Fellowship

Awarded on the basis of All India Competitive Examination conducted by the ICAR/ CSIR to the following programmes:

a) Master’s Programme

ICAR Junior Fellowship : 8640/- PM +contingent grant of 6000/- per annum


b) Doctoral Programme

ICAR/ CSIR Senior Fellowship

i) 1st and 2nd year : 15000/- PM

ii) 3rd year : 17500/- PM + contingent grant of 10000/- per annum

Number of other agencies such as Inspire (UGC), Aspee Foundation etc. also award fellowship to Postgraduate students. The applications for these fellowships are to be submitted to the awarding agencies through the concerned Dean.


Medals and Awards

University Level

  • Gold Medals are awarded at the University level as per the provisions of the Academic Regulations to a student who tops in the following programmes:

a. B Sc (Honours) in Horticulture

b. M Sc.

c. Ph D

  • Indira Gandhi Memorial Gold Medal for obtaining the highest OGPA in B.Sc. [Honours] Forestry at College level


Certificate of Merit

The University awards Certificate of merit to the students securing an OGPA of 7.50/10.00 and above in the undergraduate programme. For postgraduate programmes the required OGPA is 8.00/10.00 and above.