Department of forestry
The department of forestry has come into being in 1986 along with the establishment of NERIST with an object to impart forestry education to the younger generation students of eight North–Eastern states of India. The department currently offers programmes at degree (4 years B.Sc), Post graduate (2 years M.Sc) and Ph.D. levels. It is equipped with infrastructure designed to produce professional personnel with management capacity and ability to take up the future challenges in the field of forestry. This forestry courses in the institute is also an attempt to conform to National Forest Policy 1988, which emphasizes forestry education in India. North-Eastern states of India are endowed with a large forest cover which requires intellectual human resources for their conservation and sustainable management. Moreover, the region is considered as a mega diversity hot spot area rich not only in biodiversity but also having many rare, endangered, threatened and endemic species, some of which may become extinct soon without human intervention with the vast learning experience, the outgoing students would be able to accomplish the mission of maintaining a balance between preservation of the genetic resources and sustainable utilization of forest resources on one hand and development of the region on the other. The students are given exposure and training in various forest-based aspects through summer training, project and dissertation work to gain practical knowledge and skills.
The back bone of the multi-disciplinary forestry course in the institute is its “faculty”, who are specialized in frontier subjects i.e. forest ecology, wood science and technology,horticuloture, taxonomy, ethnobotany, silviculture, biodiversity conservation, wildlife management, biotechnology, microbiology, forest genetics, forest economics and management, environmental restoration etc. Apart from teaching, the members of faculty of Forestry are also actively involved in conducting research work in different field of forestry and allied subjects and guiding Ph. D. students in their respective filed of specializations. The department has produced so far more than 40 doctoral theses leading to Ph.D. degrees. The Forestry course assumes greater significance as the North Eastern region provides a rich biodiversity hot spot and it is required to be conserved and utilized on a sustainable basis. It is hoped that the forestry courses offered in NERIST will help to generate man power with better understanding of conservation aspects of natural resources and sustainable utilization of their products.