IIFM Bhopal’s Post Graduate Programme in Forestry Management (PGDFM) is a highly sought-after program for students who wish to pursue a career in forestry management. The program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the various aspects of forestry management, including sustainable forest management, forest policy and governance, and forest-based livelihoods. The program is offered by the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, one of the country’s premier institutions for forest management education.
The PGDFM program at IIFM Bhopal is a two-year full-time residential program. The program is divided into four semesters, each designed to provide students with a unique set of skills and knowledge. The first semester is focused on providing students with a foundation in the basic principles of forestry management, including forest ecology, forest resources, and forest economics. In the second semester, students are introduced to more advanced topics such as forest policy and governance, conservation biology, and environmental impact assessment. The third semester focuses on applied forest management, including forest-based livelihoods, community forestry, and forest certification. In the final semester, students undertake a research project in an area of their interest under the guidance of faculty members.
The IIFM Bhopal campus is spread over 200 acres of lush green forested land. The campus has state-of-the-art infrastructure, including lecture halls, computer labs, and a well-stocked library. The campus also has many recreational facilities, such as a gymnasium, swimming pool, and sports facilities. The campus is located close to the Van Vihar National Park, which provides students with a unique opportunity to study flora and fauna of the region.
The admission process for the PGDFM program at IIFM Bhopal is highly competitive. Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks (45% for SC/ST candidates). Additionally, candidates are required to have a valid score in CAT 2022/XAT 2023/MAT 2022/MAT (FEB) 2023/CMAT 2022/GMAT 2022. Shortlisted candidates are then called for a group discussion and personal interview at the IIFM Bhopal campus. The final selection is based on the candidate’s performance in the entrance exam, group discussion, personal interview, and academic record.
The PGDFM program at IIFM Bhopal has an excellent placement record, with students being placed in some of the most reputed organizations in the country and abroad. The institute has a dedicated placement cell that works closely with the industry to identify job opportunities for students.
Some of the top recruiters of the institute include PwC, KPMG, Deloitte, EY, Aditya Birla Fashion, Arabesque, Adani, Hindalco, Kantar, Vedanta Resource Limited, Intellicap and many more. The average salary offered to students of the batch 2020-22 is around INR 8.5 lakhs per annum, with the highest salary package being around INR 38 lakhs per annum.
The PGDFM program at IIFM Bhopal is designed to provide students with a holistic understanding of forestry management, covering the field’s theoretical and practical aspects. The program is taught by highly qualified and experienced faculty members who bring knowledge and industry experience. The program also provides students ample opportunities to undertake practical fieldwork, including visits to forests, national parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.
Admissions for PGDFM for the batch of 2023-25 are now open. To apply, click here.
The last date to apply has been extended to 10th March 2023.