Convocation Forest Research Institute, Deemed University – 2017


Forest Research Institute (Deemed) University celebrated its 4th Convocation today on October 04, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Convocation Hall of FRI, Dehradun. At the outset, the convocation was declared open by Dr. S.C. Gairola, Chancellor, FRI (Deemed) University and Director General, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Dehradun. Thereafter, Dr. Savita, Vice-chancellor, FRI (Deemed) University and Director, FRI, Dehradun welcomed the dignitaries, special invitees, students and their parents and all present, and presented a report of the university mentioning the accomplishments and future aspirations of the university to become the first-rank forestry based Research University in the world with focused action plan to meet the challenges of forestry and related areas. She further affirmed the commitment of the university to promote all round development of the students and to contribute significantly to the sphere of knowledge.
Altogether 1622 degrees including Ph.D. (489), M.Sc. (1039), Post Graduate Diploma (52) and Post Masters Diploma (42) were conferred in different disciplines and programmes of forestry. 29 gold medals were awarded to the toppers of the master courses in Cellulose and Paper technology, Environment Management, Forestry, and Wood science & Technology; Post Graduate Diploma in Aroma technology, FGTI& Biotechnology and Pulp & Paper Technology; and Post Masters Diploma in Natural Resource Management and Non Wood Forest Products.
Addressing the gathering and the today’s awardees, the chief guest Shri Ajay Narayan Jha, Secretary to Govt. of India, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change expressed his deep concern over the challenges confronting the forestry sector and called upon the alumni to find solution to these challenges through the talents developed and the knowledge gained at the FRI Deemed University. Shri Jha also affirmed the commitment of the MoEF&CC to welcome and consideration of every positive suggestion and intervention in this direction for wider application at the national level.
Speaking as the special guest of the ceremony, Shri Siddhanta Das, Director General of Forests and Special Secretary to Govt. of India, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change 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, etc. Shri 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, Dr. S.C. Gairola, Chancellor of the university stated that the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) have taken important steps in re-vitalization of forestry education in India. He appreciated the recognition of the FRI University as a premier destination for scientific and technological studies and cutting-edge 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.
The convocation was declared closed by the Chancellor of FRI Deemed University and the programme ended with the vote of thanks proposed by Dr. H.S. Ginwal, Dean, FRI Deemed University.

October 4, 2017
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