Forests And Their Management

By Prof. Ankur Awadhiya   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 3081
The Science of Forestry and the management of forests has taken front seat as a mechanism of climate change mitigation. It is one of the few very effective measures available for the sequestration of atmospheric carbon. At the same time, management of forests provides access to tourism avenues, major and minor forest produce, food and water security for wildlife and also for people. In this course, we shall discuss the principles of forestry and silviculture. We shall use case studies and examples from India and abroad to understand how forests are planted, managed and harvested for optimising various economic and ecological values derived from forests.
INTENDED AUDIENCE : Officers and staff of Forest departments, Students of Forestry, Wildlife conservation and allied disciplines, Policy makers
PREREQUISITES : Has cleared 10+2 with science
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Tourism industries, Education industries, Green energy industries, Renewable energy / materials industry
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week  1: Introduction
Week  2: Basics of silviculture
Week  3: Forest soils
Week  4: Forest mensuration
Week  5: Forest surveying
Week  6: Forest protection
Week  7: Silvicultural management - I
Week  8: Silvicultural management - II
Week  9: Logging and yield
Week 10: Silvicultural practices
Week 11: Newer trends in forestry
Week 12: Revision

Books and references

1. Principles and practices of Silviculture by S. S. Bist 2. Forest soils by Wilde

Instructor bio

Prof. Ankur Awadhiya

IIT Kanpur
Dr. Ankur Awadhiya (B. Tech IIT Kanpur 2009, Ph. D IIT Kanpur 2015, AIGNFA IGNFA Dehradun 2016, PGDAWM WII Dehradun 2018) is an IFS officer borne on the Madhya Pradesh cadre. His interests include photography, tourism, research, instrumentation and creative literary pursuits.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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