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College of Forestry, Ranichauri

Prof. Vinod Prasad Khanduri 
DEAN, College Of Forestry, Ranichauri
P.O. Ranichauri, Distt. Tehri Garhwal – 249 199,
Uttarakhand, India
Phone:+91-1376-252080 (O) , Fax:+91-1376-252128
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Prof. V. P. Khanduri has got significant experience in teaching and research in the field of forestry. He did his master’s and doctorate in Forestry from H.N.B. Garhwal University Srinagar, Garhwal. He has been recipient of Gold medal during M.Sc. and thereafter consistently working on the various aspects of forestry research and management. He started his career as a researcher and worked on ecological and silvicultural aspects of several temperate and sub tropical forests of Garhwal Himalaya. Later, he joined, Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun as Post Doctorate Fellow and worked on quantitative and qualitative aspects of Delhi Ridge Forest. Dr. Khanduri joined Mizoram University (a central University established by an act of Parliament), Aizawl as Lecturer/Assistant Professor, Forestry in the Department of Forestry and become Reader/ Associate Professor Forestry in 2007. Here, he worked on different aspects of pollination and reproductive biology of important tropical tree species, viz. Teak, Gmelina, Mesua, Lagerstroemia, Erythrina, Schima, Bombax etc. in a research project funded by CSIR, New Delhi. The outcome of the study was published in reputed international Journals i.e. Aerobiologia, Brazilian Journal of Botany, Grana, Nordic Journal of Botany etc which is referred by the international scientific community. Further, in August 2012, he has joined VCSG Uttarakhand University of Horticulture and Forestry as Associate Professor Forestry (Silviculture) and was given the responsibility of Head, Department of Forestry with additional charges of Coordinator Admissions for University Entrance Test and subsequently also assigned the duties of Associate Director Personnel and Registrar. Besides, several responsibilities at University level, Dr. Khanduri has also handled a coordinated research project on Hippophae funded by DBT, New Delhi. He became Professor Forestry (Silviculture) in June 2018. Dr. Khanduri has guided three PhD students and has published 01 Book, 05 Book Chapters, 09 articles and 70 Research Papers in different Journal of International and National repute, viz. Annals of Botany, Journal of Forestry Research, Plant Reproduction, Progress in Natural Science, Trees-SAF, Current Science, Indian Forester etc. He has been reviewer of various national and international journals and was awarded as potential reviewer by Journal of Forestry Research.

College of Forestry (CoF) is situated at Ranichauri in Tehri Garhwal District. The college is about 15 km away from New Tehri, 70 km from Rishikesh and 110 km from Dehradun on Rishikesh – New Tehri Road. It is spread over an area of 203 hectares consisting of forest, orchards and various research blocks at an altitude ranging between 1700 and 2200 m above msl. The geographical and climatic conditions of the region are considered to be suitable for different forest species, horticultural crops, off season vegetables, medicinal and aromatic plants, minor millets and pulses.


The college has been entrusted with responsibilities of generating technology in forestry, hill agriculture and allied fields for the development of hill districts of the newly created state. It also run human resource development programmes, multidisciplinary research and technology transfer suitable to diverse hill agro-climatic conditions that are feasible for easy adoption by the local people and thereby help to improve their socio-economic status.


Keeping the need of sustainability of hill agriculture in view, the college was initially established as hill campus of G. B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology on the directives of Planning Commission of India with subsequent signing of MOU between Govt. of India and Govt. of Uttar Pradesh in 1972 and was formally inaugurated in 1976. However, the campus became fully operational in 1983 after getting strengthened with scientific manpower. Since then the college is functioning as one of the most reputed centers for research, education and extension in Uttarakhand. In 2011, the college came in the jurisdiction of newly created Uttarakhand University of Horticulture and Forestry, Bharsar, Pauri Garhwal, now the name of university is changed as Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali  Uttarakhand University of Horticulture and Forestry, Bharsar, Pauri Garhwal.


  • Development of human resource for forestry, agro-forestry, hill agriculture and allied sectors.
  • Development of location specific forestry/ agro-forestry models, and farming systems for hill agriculture.
  • Conservation and utilization of natural resources.
  • Processing and value addition of non-timber forest produce.
  • Developing watershed management models for hill region.
  • Mitigation of farmer-wild life conflict.
  • Capacity building for entrepreneurship/self employment.
  • Dissemination of technologies for the benefit of hill farmers, forest tribes, nomades etc.


The Frontier areas of the college include:-

  • Human Resource Development in the area of Forestry.
  • Development of technologies for the improvement in Forestry.
  • Capacity building for entrepreneurship/ self employment.
  • Dissemination of the technologies for the benefit of the region.
  • Production of Genuine and Quality planting material of different Forestry trees species along with important medicinal and aromatic plants.
  • Administrative Block
  • College Building
  • Library
  • Auditorium
  • Laboratories ( Forestry lab, Horticulture lab, Soil Science, Micro-biology,
  • Plant Disease Clinic
  • Farmer Advisory Service
  • Orchards
  • Research Blocks
  • Computer Center
  • Meteorological Observatory and Automatic Weather Station
  • Conference Hall
  • Hostels (Separate Hostels, two each for boys and girls)
  • Guest Houses
  • Farmers’ Hostel
  • Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK)
  • Telephone Exchange
  • 250 KVA Electric Power Generation System
  • Health Centre
  • Residences
  • Bal Manglam Primary School
  • Bank, Post Office & Shopping complex
  • Global Atmospheric Watch Station
  • Forest Nursery
  • Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Nursery
S.No. Name of the Department Name of OIC Mobile No.
1. Silviculture Dr. V.P. Khanduri 9634283637 /
2. AgroForestry Dr. Arvind Bijalwan 9412983808 /
3. Tree Improvement Dr. Rajandra Singh Bali 9720139147
4. Forest Product & Utilization Dr. Amol Vasishth 9413007208 /
5. Basic & Social Sciences Dr. Sarawati Prasad Sati 9027586692
6. Forest Ecology & Wild Life Management
7. Forest Protection
8. Natural Resource Managment

College of Forestry, Ranichauri offers Graduate and Post Graduate Programmes in discipline of Forestry.

Courses Offered :-

Under Graduate Programme :- B.Sc. (Hons) Forestry – 4yrs

Post-Graduate Programme    :- The University offers Five Post-Graduate programmes leading to Masters degree in :

  1. M.Sc (Forestry) Agro-Forestry -2 yrs
  2. M.Sc (Forestry) Silviculture – 2yrs
  3. M.Sc (Forestry) Tree improvement – 2yrs
  4. M.Sc (Forestry) Forest Products and Utilization – 2yrs
  5. M.Sc (Forestry) Seed Science & Technology – 2yrs

Every year the College admits, a maximum of 80 students: 40 under- graduates 30 Post- Graduate students. On an average, the College has around 250 students on its rolls, of which girl students constitute nearly 65 percent. The University admits the students to UG Programme through Entrance Examination, based on the rank obtained in the common entrance examination.

The intake capacity of the students to the various degree programmes are as :-

Degree Programme Annual Intake Capacity
Under Graduate B.Sc. Forestry (Hons.) 40
Post- Graduate
M.Sc (Forestry) Agroforestry 06
M.Sc (Forestry) Silviculture 06
M.Sc (Forestry) Tree improvement 06
M.Sc (Forestry) Forest Products and Utilization 06
M.Sc (Forestry) Seed Science & Technology 06


S.No. Name Designation Discipline
1 Prof. Vinod Prasad Khanduri Dean Forestry
2 Dr. S.P Sati Associate Professor Enviromental Science
3 Dr. Amol Vasist Associate Professor Forest Product & Utilization
4 Dr. Arvind Bijalwan Associate Professor Agroforestry
5 Dr.Laxmi Rawat Junior Research Officer/ Assistant Professor Plant Pathology
6 Dr. Ajay Kumar Junior Research Officer/ Assistant Professor Agronomy
7 Dr. Chatar Singh Dhanai Assistant Professor Agroforestry
8 Dr. Deepa Rawat Assistant Professor Soil Science
9 Dr.Taufiq Ahmad Assistant Professor Extension Education
10 Dr. Manoj Kumar Riyal Assistant Professor Physics
11 Dr. Rajendara Singh Bali Assistant Professor Tree Improvement
12 Dr. Arunima Paliwal Junior Research Officer/ Assistant Professor Agronomy
13 Mr. Pankaj Lal Assistant Professor Forest Product & Utilization
14 Mr. Sumit Chaudhary Assistant Professor Agronomy
15 Dr. Sneha Dobhal Assistant Professor Silviculture
16 Mr. Indra Singh Assistant Professor Silviculture
17 Dr. Bhupendra Singh Assistant Professor (Contractual) Forestry
18 Dr. Yogesh Kumar Negi Assistant Professor (Contractual) Microbiology
19 Dr. Bhim Jyoti Assistant Professor (Contractual) Seed Science & Technology
20 Er. Padam Singh Assistant Professor (Contractual) Agricultural Engineering
21 Dr. Reena Joshi Assistant Professor (Contractual) Agroforestry
22 Dr. Yogendra Singh Gusain Assistant Professor (Contractual) Botany
23 Dr. Vinod Kumar Assistant Professor (Contractual) Forestry
24 Dr. Pankaj Kumar Assistant Professor (Contractual) Genetics & Plant Breeding
25 Dr. Rajesh kumar Prasad Teaching Personnel Botany
26 Dr. Indu Bisht Teaching Personnel Sociology
27 Er. Arpan Rao Technical Officer Computer
28 Er. Saurabh Singh Rawat Technical Officer Computer
29 Mr.Prakash Singh Negi Technical Officer Agrometeorology


The library and information unit of this campus closely supports education and research in the areas of Forestry, Horticulture and vegetable Sciences, Crop improvement, seed sciences, and other allied agricultural discipline. The library is housed in beautiful top floor of collage building and offers excellent environment for studies. It has great track record in providing quality information services to campus Community within our limited resources consisting of more than 20000 documents and e-resources. The library has the credit of being pioneer in introducing latest information technology to automate its services in the Tehri Garhwal region. The automation operation was initiated as early as in the year 1999. Currently the entire learning resources of the library has been automated for electronic retrieval by creating an in-house database searchable through an OPAC . For better management of learning resources, increased security and control over inventory Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) a new generation of auto Identification and data automation process has been installed recently. We are proud of our innovation in service development and in delivering the best services information services driven by continuous improvement


Digital Thesis Collection:

Thesis collection of College of Forestry may accessible by the users in krishikosh website. The entire thesis collection of the year 2015 & onwards is accessible in digital form via this platform. The purpose of this current initiative is to improve accessibility and digital preservation of research work carried out by M.Sc. Students of College of Forestry.


In-house Thesis Collection:

In house thesis collection may accessible by the library users in CD form and print form as well. To more information library patrons may contact to the Circulation / Technical Section of the library.
Users may access the e-thesis collection in e-resource section of the library.
Users may access the print thesis collection in reference & periodical section of the library.
Thesis Database- College of Forestry, Ranichauri.


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