The Forest Research Institute (Deemed) University held its fourth convocation at the FRI convocation hall here on Wednesday. Addressing the gathering as the chief guest on the occasion, the Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Ajay Narayan Jha expressed deep concern over the challenges confronting the forestry sector and called upon the alumni to find solutions to these challenges through the talents developed and the knowledge gained at the FRI Deemed University. Jha also affirmed the commitment of the MoEFCC to consider every positive suggestion and intervention in this direction for wider application at the national level.
Speaking as the special guest at the function, the director general of forests and special secretary MoEFCC, Siddhanta Das, highlighted the initiatives of the ministry for tackling issues of forest productivity enhancement, livelihood security, sustained raw material supply to industries, pollution management and climate change among other issues. Das emphasised the need of continued improvement in approaches and methodologies for strengthening forestry education programmes for maintaining the international standards and expand the reach of the university through its students to other regions of the world.
In his address, the university chancellor and director general of the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) SC Gairola said that the ICFRE had taken important steps in re-vitalisation of forestry education in India. He appreciated the recognition of the FRI University as a premier destination for scientific and technological studies and research in the field of forestry. He also gave an account of the future plans of the council towards strengthening the forestry education in the country.
Earlier, the univesity’s vice chancellor and FRI director Savita welcomed the gathering to the occasion and presented a report of the university mentioning the accomplishments and future plans of the university to become among the top forestry based research university in the world with focused action plan to meet the challenges of forestry and related areas.
Altogether 1622 degrees including 489 PhD, 1039 MSc, 52 post graduate diploma and 42 post masters diploma were conferred in different disciplines and programmes of forestry. A total of 29 gold medals were awarded to the toppers of the master courses in cellulose and paper technology, environment management, forestry, and wood science and technology; post graduate diploma in aroma technology and post masters diploma in natural resource management and non wood forest products