The Forest Research Institute, Dehradun is engaged in carrying out educational and research works on different aspects of forestry in the jurisdiction states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi. The Institute is involved in carrying out research in four Thrust Areas of Research (Ann.-I), one Thrust Area of Education (Ann.-I) and one Thrust Area of Extension of Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education (ICFRE). The Institute is also pursuing identified priority areas of research in 15 Research Initiatives (Themes) suggested by MoEF&CC. The Forest Research Institute, Deemed University is conducting four Master Degree courses and Ph.D. programmes in 23 different forestry related disciplines.
1. To undertake and promote forestry research, education and extension, leading to scientific and sustainable management of forest resources.
2. To provide scientific advice to the central and state governments aiding informed decision making in matters of national and regional importance and international commitments and to address forestry research needs.
3. To provide technical assistance and material support to States, forest dependent communities, forest based industries, tree & NTFP growers and other stakeholders in their forestry based programmes for conservation and sustainable use of forest resources.
4. To undertake research and provide research support to stakeholders in the field of forest management and silviculture of important species of forest and trees outside forests.
5. To undertake research on bio-prospecting of forest resources for eco-friendly product development for various applications along with conservation, propagation and sustainable harvest of NTFP and lesser known species.
6. To undertake research and knowledge management on aspects of forest health and protection including management and control of weeds and invasive species, climate change mitigation and adaptation issues, forest hydrology and forest fire.
7. To undertake research on eco-restoration and rehabilitation of mined out areas & other stressed/degraded/difficult sites.
8. To undertake research on genetic improvement in important species of forest and trees outside forest for enhancement of productivity.
9. To undertake research on properties of timber, timber identification, wood seasoning, wood preservation, wood composites, bamboo processing and utilization.
10. To develop, upgrade and maintain the National Forest Library and Information Centre (NFLIC).
11. To develop and preserve repositories including herbarium, National Forest Insect Collection (NFIC) & Fungarium.
12. To develop, upscale, disseminate and share of appropriate technologies to end-users through innovative extension strategies and capacity building programmes.
13. To undertake all such activities as necessary, incidental and conducive to attainment of the objectives of the Council.
Core Research Areas:
1- Biodiversity Assessment, Conservation & Development
2- Planting Stock Improvement
3- Control and Management of Forest Pathogens and Insect Pests
4- Natural Regeneration of Important Species
5- Management of Forest Invasive Species (FIS)
6- Sustainable Forest Management
7- Environmental Impact Assessment vis-a-vis Development
8- Impact of Climate Change & Carbon Sequestration in Forest Canopies
9- Environmental Amelioration, Urban Forestry & Trees Outside Forests
10- Bioremediation & Pollution Control
11- Eco-restoration of Degraded Forests
12- Soil and Water Conservation
13- Forest Products Development
14- Chemistry of NWFPs
15- Bio-fuel from Forests
16- Development of Agro- and Social Forestry Models & Participatory Forest Management
Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh and Delhi
Key Achievements: (Click on link to view detail)
1- XIX Commonwealth Forestry Conference was organized in the FRI during 3-7 April, 2017. About 700 delegates from about 39 commonwealth countries and other parts of the world participated in the conference. Initial discussions were held with various organizations like Canadian Forest Service; Forestry Commission, England; Institute of Foresters of Australia; University of British Columbia; IUFRO, CIFOR, FAO, Duchy of Cornwall; University of Toronto; FSI etc. This is being further pursued with all these world organizations for future collaboration in the field of forestry research, education and extension.
2- The Forest Research Institute, Dehradun has developed Ten(10) high yielding varieties of Melia dubia Cav. and three(03) varieties of Eucalyptus tereticornis Sm. The average productivity of released cultivars of Melia was reported to be 34.57 m3ha-1yr-1 against the present of productivity level of 12-14 m3ha-1yr-1 unimproved varieties. The average productivity of released clones of Eucalyptus was recorded to be 19.44 m3ha-1yr-1 against present productivity of about 5-7 m3ha-1yr-1 of unimproved plantations.
3- The Institute has prepared a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for undertaking Forestry Interventions along the river Ganga and its major tributaries for maintaining continuous and clean flow of water in the river which was released in March 2016 by FRI, Dehradun and NMCG, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, wherein Plantations And Other Forestry Intervention on about 6000 sites along five Km on both sides of river Ganga and two Km on both sides of major tributaries of River Ganga identified by the Forest Departments of five participating States viz., Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal were proposed. This is being implemented by NMCG through these five participating states.
4- Under the Bamboo Task Special Group (BTSG) funded research programme, 357 superior clumps of ten selected bamboo species have been identified across five ICFRE institutes through genetic evaluation and multi-trait selection for mass multiplication of the species.
5- A patent has been filed by the Institute for “a process for obtaining Phytoecdysteroids from weeds of Amaranthaceae for the synchronized maturation of mulberry silkworm”.
6- The Ecological Restoration Models in Coal mined areas of Bharat Coking Limited, Dhanbad has been developed by Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. The model elaborates the entire process of assessment of site condition, application of soil moisture conservation measures, selection of plant species depending on climatic and edaphic condition, planting of these species applying various means subject to the applicability to the site, monitoring of growth of planted species, assessment of soil quality amelioration and enhancement of biodiversity as a result of ecological restoration.
7- Conservation of heritage trees has been done for TaProhm Semreep Temple of Combodia, Bodhivriksha at Bodhgaya (Bihar) and Vatvriksha at Jyotisar (Haryana) in which health status of the trees was monitored and treatments was given accordingly. Besides this advisory for protection from insect pests and diseases and boosting their growth was also given.
8- A project entitled “Identification of the extent of forest lands in the forest fringe villages” and funded by National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA) has been completed recently. The project broadly covered the socio-economic status, ecological status of the 1, 39, 525 forest fringe villages of 275 Districts in 27 Indian States and 1 Union Territory. The Project Completion Report has been submitted to the funding agency. The database of the project would be extremely useful for planning the developmental schemes in future for these areas by MoRD, MoAC and MoEF&CC.
9- Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun has successfully implemented the pilot project landscapes of Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and Karnataka in collaboration with USAID Forest PLUS. The pilot project focused on adaptive management of forests and recommended strengthening joint forest management and sustainable land and ecosystem management (SLEM) approach besides adoption of appropriate silviculture treatments, incorporation of opportunities for developing alternative livelihood generation and promoting micro enterprises, encouragement for trees outside forests, effective fire management, management of invasive species, afforestation and regeneration, pest management. FRI has provided all deliverables to USAID Forest PLUS as envisaged and accepted by the Forest PLUS.
1- Organized 14 Radio Talk at FRI by All India Radio, Naziabad on “FRI Technologies and Achievements” by Scientists of FRI, Dehradun during January, 2017 & February,2017
2- Delivered Radio Talks by Dr. A.K.Pandey, Head, Extension Division & two Scientists of Extension Division during January, 2017.
3- Recording of Talk in Doordarshan by Dr. A.K.Pandey, Head, Extension Division & one Scientist of Extension Division under “ Haryali Programme” during January, 2017.
1- Since 1996 to June 2017, the FRI Deemed University has awarded 1528 Nos. M.Sc. Degree in Forestry, Environment Management, Wood Science & Technology and Cellulose & Paper Technology.
2- Since 1996 to June 2014, the FRI Deemed University has awarded 340 Nos. Post Graduate Diploma in Plantation Technology, Biodiversity Conservation, Non Wood Forest Products, Pulp & Paper Technology and Natural Resource Management and Aroma Technology. Post Master Diploma in Non Wood Forest Products and Natural Resource Management.
3- Since 1991 to July, 2017 the FRI Deemed University has awarded 840 Nos. Ph.D. Degrees in Forestry to the scholars.
4- In 2012 the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India has awarded 10 SAARC FRI Scholarship to FRI Deemed University for admission in M.Sc. Courses of the Candidates of SAARC countries. Since 2012 to June, 2017 the FRI Deemed University has awarded 32 Nos. M.Sc. Degrees to the SAARC Candidates
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