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Bhopal: Four-fold rise in students opting for forest department

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Bhopal: The placement of students of Indian Institute of Forest Management studying Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management shows that they were more interested in working for forest department, wildlife/environment NGOs and state rural livelihood missions instead of serving in finance, banks and microfinance sector. Although the highest package of Rs 8.4 lakh annual CTC was offered by Axis Bank.  Indian Institute of Forest Management has managed to achieve a cent percent placement for the 2015-2017 batch of Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management.

The Institute has successfully managed to place 102 students in different sectors including finance, bank and microfinance, State Rural Livelihood Missions, forest department, wildlife/ environment NGOs etc. In comparison to last year, there has been four time rise in the students who have opted to give their services to forest department. Similarly, the students opting for the wildlife/environment NGOs increased three times. The State Rural Livelihood Missions (DoRD) saw two fold rise in the number of students preferring it over other sectors and a slight increase was also seen in the students opting for the Development NGOs/CSR.

Placement, chairperson Ujjal Sharma, said that many students who enroll here are passionate towards the environment. Many lucrative career options in the corporate sector are also available. The students are free to choose which sector they wish to join and the institute does not pressurise the students to work in a particular sector. He added that the students here know that environmental conservation is of overriding importance in the management of living natural resources and that the primary role of forest is the vital ecological and environmental purposes they serve.


The Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), a premier national institute has been given the mandate of integrating development, environment conservation and livelihood management into various government and non governmental sector. The institute produces world class individuals in this unique sector.