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India’s First Forest University to Setup in Telangana

Current Affairs

  • India is soon going to get its first forest university. The Telangana legislative assembly approved the University of Forestry (UOF) Act 2022 on September 13, 2022.
  • The ‘University of Forestry (UOF) will be the first of its kind in the country. With only Russia and China having forest universities in the world, globally, this will be the third university of forestry.
  • The Government of Telangana has decided to expand Forest College and Research Institute (FCRI) in Hyderabad into a full-fledged university. Once the FCRI is upgraded to University, it is proposed to start additional 18 programmes including PhD, diploma, and certificate courses in Urban Forestry, Nursery Management, Agro-Forestry, Tribal livelihood enhancement, Forest entrepreneurship, Climate-smart Forestry & Forest Parks Management.
  • The number of students studying at the university will also increase to 726.
  • Currently, the FCRI has 366 seats. The employees’ strength will be 210 which is an additional 92 to the present strength of 118.
  • The university will also work to develop Agro-Forestry models suitable for different Agro-ecological situations, apart from conventional forestry operations so as to reduce pressure on natural forests, economic upliftment of farming communities, and enhance ecological conditions.

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