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INDIAN INSTITUTE of Forest Management (IIFM), one of its kind in India, has within two decades emerged as a leading educational institution having carved a niche for itself in forestry and environment, said Padma Bhushan Hari Shankar Singhania here today.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2006 00:48 IST

INDIAN INSTITUTE of Forest Management (IIFM), one of its kind in India, has within two decades emerged as a leading educational institution having carved a niche for itself in forestry and environment, said Padma Bhushan Hari Shankar Singhania here today.

Addressing the fourth convocation of the IIFM, chairman of the JK Industries, HS  Singhania said that the institute would have to ensure that it met societal aspirations by providing leadership through cutting edge research, useable knowledge and direction to the industry and the government.

“I get a feeling, rightly or wrongly, that the corporate sector does not seem to get the benefit of IIFM graduates to a desired extent. IIFM’s own analysis of last 15 batches shows that only 20 percent of its graduates joined the corporate sector,” he mentioned.

The chief guest suggested that IIFM could provide consultancy to industry to avail clean development mechanism (CDM ) advantage for its plantation activity.

Singhania also emphasised on the need for a concept of ‘production forests’, which could minimise pressure on core forests. “As per an estimate, if one million hactre of land is used productively, it could lead to employment generation of 10 lakh people,” he said.

“There’s a significant shift in global forest-based industries, but even today our forests are governed by Indian Forestry Act 1927, Forest Conservation Act 1980 and National Forest Policy 1988, which need to be revised in the light of current developments,” stressed Singhania.

 

 

Chairman, Board of Governors, IIFM, Pradipto Ghosh in his address said the institute’s students need to realise various synergies between environmental conservation and the New Economy, which refers to emerging knowledge-intensive sectors of the global economy. He emphasised on conservation of both genetic resources and traditional knowledge. He also spoke on global carbon market, synergy between New Economy sectors and linkages between IT and media.

While IIFM’s director Dr DK Bandopadhyay in his welcome speech dealt with various aspects of the institute, director general of Forests (Government of India), JC Kala stressed on having an increased interaction between IIFM and the forest departments.

 

 

“Problems being faced by field personnel must reach academic institutions like IIFM, so that research programmes could address them comprehensively,” added Kala.

On the occasion, 178 alumni from 1998-99 to 2004-06 batches were felicitated. Gold and silver medals were also given to recipients.


Recipients present on the occasion to receive

1 Chairman’s Gold Medal (PGDFM & MRM)Sonia Bakshi, Hariharan Luintel, Pankaj Lal, Rashmi Singh, Ripu Mardhan Kunwar, Prakash Kafle, Bishnu Charan Parida.

2  Chairman’s Silver Medal. (PGDFM & MRM)Nitin Gupta, Rajani Priya Ivatury, Deepa Kumari, Bijendra Basnyat, Puneet Dwivedi, Meghna Kshirsagar, Neena Elizabeth Koshy, Ram Prasad Acharya, Renjan M Verghese, Jayant Kumar Sarma.