Introduction

Forest Products including medicinal and aromatic plants have emerged as very important resources not only from the point of view of economic contribution to the society, but also call our attention for their conservation and sustainable use. Such resources are now being considered at national/ international level almost at par with the importance of major forest based products like timber etc. As resource assessment, evaluation and utilization of such forest products are basic to their sustainable use, the department of Forest products was created in 1988 to cater to the needs of research and human resources development. Since the issues involved are multidisciplinary an integrated approach encompassing forestry, botany, chemistry, agronomy, breeding, wood science etc. is being followed.

The department is carrying out teaching, research and extension activities and has undertaken various research projects/schemes, many of which have been successfully completed. Presently the department is offering two postgraduate degrees programmes in the fields of i) Medicinal and Aromatic Plants ii) Wood Science and technology.

Extension training programmes covering various aspects production processing and marketing of medicinal and aromatic plants are also being organized for various stakeholders like farmers, entrepreneurs, NGOs, Mahila Mandals, Subject Matter Specialists (Agriculture/Horticulture, Forests, Ayurveda etc.). Genuine and quality planting material of medicinal and aromatic plant is being regularly supplied to growers, industry etc. Documentation of herbal wealth and its traditional usage is other useful activity that is being emphasized.

Mandate

  • The various activities of the department chiefly focus on the development of technologies and skilled manpower that are competent at the national/international level focusing on the following broad areas of forest products.
  • Domestication of most valuable medicinal and aromatic plants including endangered plant species especially with regard to their agro practices, processing, better strains, product development etc.
  • Evaluation of known and lesser known wood species for wood characteristics for their sustainable and economic use.
  • Resource assessment and scientific harvesting of other forest products with a bearing on local economies.

 

Area of Specialization

  1. Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
    • Floristic studies, ethnobotany and conservation of medicinal and aromatic plants
    • Agronomy
    • Process development and value addition
    • Genetic improvement
    • Medicinal chemistry
  2. Wood Science and Technology
    • Physico- chemical characteristics
    • Preservation
    • Composites
  3. Other Forest Products
    • Oleoresin tapping technology
    • Process development and value addition

 

Head of the Department Contact Detail

 

Dr Kulwant RaiSharma

Professor & Head
Department of Forest Products,
College of Forestry,

Dr.Y.S.Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry,
Nauni, Solan (HP)-173230.
E:mail : krai1960@yahoo.com
E:mail : krai1960@yahoo.com
Phone : +91-1792-252495 (O)
Mobile : +91-94182-30268