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PhD Forestry is a 3-year program at Shoolini University that focuses on the problems and opportunities associated with the integrated management of forest ecosystems.

Forestry scholars learn from a dynamic and diverse group of researchers about forests, the products created from them, and how they impact the well-being of all living things. In addition, the program studies the ways and means to improve the health and sustainability of forests and the people who depend on them. 

Located amid salubrious pine forests, we are among the best forest-related education and research institutions. Our expert faculty allows us to integrate new knowledge across many disciplines.

Research scholars are mentored by faculty passionate about the environment and conduct ground-breaking research. They benefit from the close interaction with professionals at the well-equipped ecological and computer laboratories. The internationally acclaimed faculty at Shoolini University comes from leading Indian and global universities such as Oxford, NIH, and NCI. Many faculty members have received grants from national and international funding agencies.

The university collaborates with renowned universities worldwide for student exchange programs, faculty exchange, and more. Prominent among these are the University of Arkansas, USA; Lanzhou University, China; University of Naples, Italy; Taipei Medical University, Taiwan; Gachon University, South Korea; South Dakota Mines University, USA.

Shoolini University is UGC Approved and NAAC Accredited.

Career Opportunities

  • Forester
  • Forest Range Officer
  • Teacher/Lecturer
  • Forestry Technician
  • Forest Officer
  • Natural Resource Technician
  • Operations Forester
  • Senior Forestry Consultant
  • Field Investigator
  • Sales/Business Development Officer
  • Auditor – Forestry

Course Instructors
Y S NegiProfessor
GK SharmaProfessor
SK GuptaProfessor
Ravinder NathAssociate Professor
Santanu MukherjeeAssistant Professor
Anurag KumarAssistant Professor
Shweta SharmaAssistant Professor
Sanchit ThakurAssistant Professor
Rajendra KumarAssistant Professor
Devanshi PanditAssistant Professor
Ratika KayasthaAssistant Professor
Vinaykumar RachappanavarAssistant Professor
Anshul KumarAssistant Professor
Rahul KumarAssistant Professor
Neeraj Singh PariharAssistant Professor
Frequently Asked Questions

A doctorate in Forestry can find employment as a Forester, Forest Range Officer, Lecturers, Forestry Technicians, Forest Officer, Forest Professionals, Natural Resource Technicians, etc.

How do you expose students to industry experience?

Doctorate students get special training through field visits, lectures, and interaction with experts. In the final year of the program, they get exposure to rural agricultural settings and agro-industries through course modules like Rural Agriculture Work Experience (RAWE), Agro-Industrial Attachments (AIA) and the Experiential Learning Program (ELP).

Yes, students are trained in paper writing and preliminary research during the doctoral program. They participate in extension activities where they share knowledge with farmers through field visits. Shoolini University has a crop cafeteria for day-to-day field practicals, a small-scale milk unit, Kalaghat Farm for research and demonstration purposes as well as instructional farms to grow seasonal crops as per the course curriculum.

Our fully functional placement cell, run by experts, has tie-ups with various industry giants who visit Shoolini’s campus during Placement week for on-the-spot Placements. Our 'Mission 130' aims for 100 per cent employability of students with 30 per cent in the top companies.

Yes! Shoolini has a strong alumni network. The Shoolini Alumni Association organises Alumni Meet every year where former students get together to share valuable experiences with current students. We also invite outstanding alumni for expert talks, workshops, and seminars.

Enrolling in a PhD program helps you begin or continue research in the field you're passionate about. You can delve deeper, make new discoveries, improve conceptual tactics and apply those concepts through the research conducted. You can decide what to work on, how to work, and chart your journey with support and guidance from a supervisory team.

Shoolini University is India’s No.1 Research University (QS World University Rankings, Asia-2023) with 150+ programs and top placements & internships in India. Over the past decade, Shoolini has built a worldwide network of partner universities to foster exchange opportunities, collaborative academic programs, faculty engagement and research, and other activities. Shoolini offers study abroad opportunities with scholarships to top universities in the USA, Australia, UK, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Italy, among others. Shoolini has filed 1200+ patents; its h-index is >100 with Field Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI) of 2.22. It has 104+ state-of-the-art laboratories, 9 Centres of Excellence, and 2 Shoolini Researchers are among the Top 1% Scientists of the world.

Students with a minimum CGPA score of 7.5/10 in the four-year-undergraduate program (FYUP) will now be eligible for PhD admissions, without having to complete a master’s program, according to the new regulations on the award of PhD degree finalised by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The institution's accreditation by appropriate agencies means the program meets high standards of academic excellence. However, other factors, such as the field of research, number of publications, collaborations, etc., are also considered.

Doctoral programs require intensive training in research methods. This includes interviews, surveys, questionnaires, clinical trials, and laboratory experiments. These skills are put into practice when the candidate conducts fieldwork for the dissertation. Skills gained in qualitative and quantitative research methodology and statistical analysis are transferable to non-academic research environments, particularly for industrial research. In addition, employers outside of academia seek individuals with sound research skills to carry out projects at think tanks and research institutes in both the private and government sectors.

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Course Details
  • Eligibility: Four year graduation degree by research or Master’s degree in related discipline with minimum 55% marks
  • Admission Criteria: Shoolini University's multiple choice entrance test (SU-SAT), and assessment of research aptitude through concept note & faculty interaction
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Semester Fee
    Himachal Pradesh Domicile : 65000
    Non-Himachal Pradesh Domicile : 70000

* One-time refundable security fee of Rs. 10,000

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