College of Forestry, Akola

glass_41   About College
glass_41   Academic Programmes
glass_41   Infrastructure
glass_41   Mandate
glass_41   Sections
glass_41   Faculty
glass_41   Co-curricular Activities
glass_41   Research Activities and Achievements(including projects)
glass_41   Extension Activities and Achievements
glass_41   Research Recommendations (Approved in AGRESCO)
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glass_41   Contact Information
College of Forestry, Dr. PDKV, Akola- At a Glance

About College

The College of Forestry has a fairly long history and has the distinction of being the first in starting B.Sc. Forestry degree programme in Maharashtra state. To cater the need of future research based forestry development and demand of specialized technical personnel of this region, four year forestry degree programme has been started in this University from 1985-86 with the assistance of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi. The B.Sc. Forestry degree programme was started in 14 State Agricultural Universities in the country.   COFABTC01
  The objective of the forestry degree programme is to cater need of future research based demands of especially technical personnel. The Executive Council of Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola vide its resolution No. EC/113/ 89, dated 12.10.1989 have taken decision to establish Faculty of Forestry and Environment in this University as it was recommended by Statutes (EC/97/90, dt. 3.10.90) for this University. It is an apt decision since more than 50 per cent of the forest area of the state falls in the Vidarbha region.

B.Sc (Forestry) degree programme was started in Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola by establishing the Department of Forestry under the faculty of Agriculture in the year 1985-86 with the assistance of Indian Council of Agriculture Research, New Delhi with an intake capacity of 20 students per year.

Under USAID programme five faculty members of Department of Forestry, Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola from Agriculture discipline were trained to teach various courses in forestry. In addition to this, services of retired Conservator of Forest were utilized to teach the specialized forestry courses.

The year 1990 happened to be very significant in the history of the College because during this year first batch of students received the degree of forestry.

Independent College of Forestry came into existence as a products of foresight and vision of the then Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Dr.P.D.K.V, Akola on 26th January, 2001

The College is located at Head quarter of Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth at Akola. The College is one of the important institutes of the State imparting Education, conducting Research and Extension activities in the forestry and also plays an important role in human recourse development in forestry sector.

Original Mission Statement

The prime mission of the College is to develop human resource in the field of Forestry, to conduct research for development of new techniques for forestry and agro-forestry and to disseminate research findings to the farming community of the region.


  • To create an ambient atmosphere and intellectual skill in the area of forestry and allied field.

  • To impart technical base and to develop man powers for supporting the state and country in the field of forestry.

  1. To cater the need of future research based forestry development and fulfill demand of the specialized technical personnel of this region.

  2. To provide scientific manpower for afforestation of wasteland
  3. To undertake the basic research in the field of forestry.
Strength and scope for improvement
  1. To establish the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Science
  2. To start Doctoral programme in Forestry leading to Ph.D. (Forestry) degree
  3. To undertake research and training programme in various discipline of Forestry


Academic Programmes

The prime mandate of this College is to educate and to create qualified human resource catering the needs of the Forestry development in the state with the vision to become a pace setting centre of excellence believe in three universal values viz. Synergy, Trust and Passion with zeal to serve the Nation in the global scenario.

Our mission is to dedicate ourselves to the highest standard of Education and Research in core and emerging forester and strive for overall personality development of students so as to nurture not only quiet essential technocrats but also responsible citizens.

The College has been Accredited by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi in the year 2007-08.

The College offers bachelor as well as Master degree in Forestry. The College also holds training for farmers, publish articles in daily news papers and publish bulletins.

The Academic staff is acting as a Advisory Committee Chairman / members of various students in Post Graduate Degree Programme at College of Forestry.

The authority is actively involved in upgrading the B.Sc. Forestry curriculum at All India level.

Degree Offered

The College of Forestry is conducting four years B.Sc. Forestry degree programme since 1985-86. The students of VII semester are undergoing FOWE (Forestry Works Experience) programme. The FOWE programme is implemented jointly by the College and State Forest Department. In FOWE the students are also placed at different NGOs to get first hand experience in the field of Forestry.

The Department of Forestry conduct Post graduate degree programme leading to M.Sc Forestry degree in four disciplines with an intake capacity of 07 students per year since 2008-09. The disciplines in which M.Sc Forestry degree offered are as follows :

  1. Silviculture and Agroforestry ( SAF )
  2. Natural resource Management (NRM)
  3. Forest Products Utilization ( FPU )
  4. Forest Biology and Tree Improvement ( FBT )



Specialized Laboratories/ Facilities

  1. Mist chamber
  2. Mini computer center
  3. Nursery
  4. Wood working workshop

Sophisticated Equipments

In addition to the common equipments the laboratories are equipped with sophisticated equipments like

  1. BOD incubator
  2. Centrifuge
  3. Global Positioning System (GPS)
  4. LCD Projector
  5. Wood working machines
  6. Laminar Air flow
  7. Hot Press
  8. Boiler
  9. Grinder/ Pulvinizer
  10. Wood Strength Testing Machine
  11. Field and tracking equipments
  12. Trent and camping equipments
  13. Kjeldal unit
  14. Laptop
  15. Colored printer
  16. Digital camera
  17. Charcoal unit
  18. Bamboo treatment kit
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Teaching Aids available at College of Forestry

Interactive pad
Lap Top
DVD Player
Audio system (PRA System)
Tele vision
Digital camera
Global Positioning System (GPS)
FAX Machine
In the computer laboratory of College, facilities for conducting Practical are available and also INTERNET facilities are available for staff and students

The infrastructural facilities like building, classroom, mini bus etc




Class Rooms
Computer laboratory
Wood working workshop
Boys Hostel (Forestry Hostel)
Girls Hostel (Common with Agril. Girls)
Land / Field
40.0 ha

Farm Land

College is in possession of total area 40.0 ha of land. Out of which 2.6 ha land comprises College building and plantation around it and 2.00 ha of block plantation of timber species, 5.00 ha of Simaruba glauca plantation and 15.00 ha comprises research experiments field. The university area under agency trial on 15.00 ha. Further 300 ha of Jatropha curcas plantation has been under taken by the College of Forestry under agency trial.

To meet the irrigation facilities and drinking water at College campus, two bore wells with submersible pump are available. The tractor and other implements are made available by Central Research Station, Dr. P.D.K.V, Akola as and when required.

Hostel Building

Hostel facility for students is available with College of Forestry. The existing Forestry hostel building was constructed considering the intake capacity of 20 students. However, with the increase of intake capacity to 32 students the existing hostel building is insufficient. To accommodate the students the existing hostel is having 14 rooms and 01 dinning and kitchen hall. This accommodates maximum 42 students. Additional accommodation for 40 students is required and hence extension of hostel is needed. The girls’ students of College of Forestry are accommodated in the University girls’ student hostel. The basic facilities like water cooler, water heater, gymnasium, T.V, parking and mess are available at hostel.   COFHOSTEL

Library Building

The university library building is available which is sufficient to cater the need of the College of Forestry students.

Sports and Gymnasium Facilities

The existing sports facilities are inadequate and needs improvement. However the tracts and playground is of good standard with stadium and pavilion. The facilities for indoor games viz. badminton, Table tennis are available at university level and are utilized.    A multi station well equipped hi-tech Gymnasium is available in the hostel of College of Forestry. The equipment under the Gymnasium is mostly funded by ICFRE Dehardun during 2005-06.   COFSPORTS





As per ICAR IVth Dean Committee, there are four section at College of Forestry

  1. Silviculture and Agroforestry ( SAF )
  2. Natural resource Management (NRM)
  3. Forest Products Utilization ( FPU )
  4. Forest Biology and Tree Improvement ( FBT )


Co-Curricular Activities

The students as well as staff regularly take in the activities like NSS camps, educational tours, visits to the institutes and forests to fulfill the requirements of the academic programme. In addition to this participation in cultural activities, youth festivals, blood donation camps, etc. are the regular features





Research Activities and Achievements (including projects)

The College of Forestry, Akola falls in the agro-ecological Western Vidharba zone (Semiarid Lava Platue and Central high lands). The activities of research and extension are based on the needs of the farmers, state forest department, forest based industries, funding agencies and other end users. The research and extension activities are carried out by the faculty members and students of this College.

The research programme undertaken by the staff members of the College of Forestry are discussed in the research planning meeting of Horticulture, Forestry and Medicinal & Aromatic Plants of Annual Research Review Committee headed by the Director of Research of the University. The research recommendations are finalized in Joint Agriculture Research Committee before recommendations are made available to the end users. The Ad-hoc research project funded by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Department of Biotechnology (DBT) , National Oilseeds and Vegetable Oils Development Board (NOVOD) and State Forest Department, Government of Maharashtra are also taken-up for research and training programme. The detail RRC Report 2008-09 is available at RRC-April-2009-Forestry-Akola.doc

At present The College of Forestry have following adhoc externally funded research project.

Title of the Project
Project Cost
Sh. S.S. Harne (PI) Dr. A.U. Nimkar (Co-PI) Dr. N.K. Kapse (Co-PI)
Study of forest invasive weeds, inventorisation and eradication trials in forest area funded by State Forest Department. (Adhoc Research Project)
6.00 lakh
Sh. S.W. Choudhari (PI) Sh. H.K. Deshmukh (Co-PI) Sh. V.B. Shambharkar (Co-PI)
Germplasm collection of Mahua and Simarouba in Vidharba region and standardization of vegetative propagation technique and establishment of demonstration plot of Simarouba funded by NOVOD board(Adhoc Research Project)
Rs. 9.012 lakhs
Dr. J.S. Zope (PI) Sh. S.W. Choudhari (Co-PI)
Production and Demonstration of high quality planting material of Jatropha curcas funded by DBT.(Adhoc Research Project)
Rs. 8.50 Lakh
Dr. J.S. Zope (PI) Sh. S.W. Choudhari (Co-PI)
Clonal and progeny evaluation trial of Jatropha funded by DBT (Adhoc Research Project)
Rs. 13.60 Lakh
Dr. J.S. Zope (PI) Sh. A.J. Deshmukh (Co-PI)
National networking on integrated development of Jatropha and Karanja funded by NOVOD, board. (Adhoc Research Project)
Rs. 16.67 Lakh
Sh. H.K. Deshmukh (PI) Dr. N.K. Kapse (Co-PI) Sh. A.J. Deshmukh (Co-PI)
Tree borne oilseeds based technology transfer through training intervention funded by NOVOD board. (Adhoc Research Project)
Rs. 1.80 Lakh

Apart from the externnaly funded research project, the following project are funded by University

Title of the Project
Project Cost
Prof. Y.B. Taide (PI) Dr. V.P. Mane (Co-PI) Sh. H.K. Deshmukh (Co-PI)
Study of calorific value of charcoal prepared from tree waste (New)
Dr.A.U.Nimkar (PI) Dr.V.P.Mane Co-PI Sh.S.M.Khachne Co-PI
Preparation of particle board from tree waste (New)


Research Recommendations (Approved in AGRESCO)



Experiment on studies on effect of fertilizer levels on production of bamboo, it was revealed that at the age of thirteen years maximum number of bamboo culms per clump (118.47) were harvested in three harvesting with application of 50 kg Nitrogen/ha.The benefit cost ratio was maximum (1.69) for nitrogen level N1 (50 kg Nitrogen/ha).

Recommendation:    Application of fifty kg nitrogen/ha is recommended for maximum production of bamboo





Experiment conducted on compatibility of trees and crops it was revealed that at the age of twelve years, Teak (Tectona grandis) was found significantly superior in respect of height (11.17m) over Shivan( Gmelina arborea) planted at spacing 8 X 2m. Teak has attained maximum DBH (15.81 cm) under spacing 8 X 2m. Reduction in yield of black gram under teak at spacing (8 X 2m) was found 47.24 % over sole crop. The timber volume of Teak was estimated to be 7.361 cubic meter/hactare . The economics of this system worked out for the period of thirteen years revealed that maximum B:C ratio 1:2 .96 was obtained from Teak and black gram based agroforestry system

Recommendation: In Teak and black gram based agroforestry system, planting of teak at 8X 2m spacing is recommended


In an experiment on selection of multipurpose tree species for agroforestry it was found that Maharukh (Ailanthus excelsa ) has attained significantly superior height (7.63m.) and DBH (16.91cm.) among four tree species.

Recommendation:Maharukh (Ailanthus excelsa) is recommended for cultivation in agroforesrtry



In a study on the evaluation of teak clones, teak clones PDKV/AF/1and PDKV/AF/2 attained significantly superior in respect of height (9.97 m) and DBH (12.61cm) over local clone. Teak clone PDKV/AF/1 and PDKV/AF/2 were found at per with each other.

Recommendation:Teak clone NC-21 and NE are recommended for cultivation in agroforestry



Evaluation of germplasm of bamboo planted in 1997-98 observed that Bambusa arundaenecia has produced highest no of bamboos with maximum usable length (12.12 m) and maximum number of new culm (9.5) per year followed by Phylostachys aurea and Bambusa polymerizha


In a study of evaluation of field performance of tissue culture raised bamboo it was found that height, dbh and number of new culms were found more in tissue culture raised bamboo than that of seed raised bamboo.



In an experiment on evaluation of composting from leaf litter of teak and bamboo using cowdung slurry and Tricoderma viridi as decomposing agent, it was found that teak leaf litter produces better compost than bamboo leaf litter when treated with 10% cowdung slurry and Tricoderma viridi culture @ 1 kg/t. The decomposition of teak leaf litter was found faster than bamboo leaf litter.



In an experiment on effect of seed colour, seed weight and media on the germination of moha (Madhuca latifolia) it was observed that effect of seed colour was non significant. Maximum germination (74 %) was observed under treatment of bold seed (Wt.6.28 gm/seed). Effect of media was found significant with maximum germination (67.78 %) observed under in silt media.



Experiment conducted for monitoring performance of Soil and Water conservation structures in micro watershed observations showed that all these dams were observed stable and were able to control the erosion long the gully bed. Post monsoon observations on runoff stored at he upstream portion of the gabion dam showed storage of 151.36 to 9.71 cum for the average storage interval of 8.3 weeks during the observations for the last three years.

Recommendation :Construction of Gabion check dam with clay blanketing for storage of runoff and loose rock check dams for control of gully erosion are recommended.




Experiment conducted on effect of establishing narrow base contour bunds along with vegetative barrier on i) moisture conservation and ii) growth of plants in Agroforestry system revealed that distance of plants from the bund 0-5 on the upper side has produced maximum wood (0.146 cum/plant) which is 106% higher compared to T8 indicated favorable effect of moisture conservation due to bunds. Economics based on 50% thinning at nine year age estimated B: C ration of the system 1: 3.25 for treated area compare to 1: 2.63 in untreated area.

Recommendation:In Agroforestry, for maximum wood production in Teak establishment of narrow base contour bunds along with vegetative barrier at horizontal interval of 30 m is recommended.



Experiment conducted on monitoring water table and its effect on the plants in the Agroforestry trial a)Eucalyptus b) Sissoo. Results of the studies raveled that depth of water table has influencing effect on growth of Eucalyptus and Sissoo. Significant height and DBH were attained by Sissoo plants under treatment area watertable below 40-50cm isobath and 0-60 cm isobath .

Recommendation:For maximum timber production on ill drained soils, planting of Sissoo can be recommended at 40 to 60 cm isobath.


Experiment conducted on compatibility of trees and crops under agrisilviculture
Recommendation : For the afforestation of waste land in Vidarbha region through agroforestry system and for higher economic benefits planting of teak at 8 X 2 meter spacing along with black gram as intercrop and thinning of alternate tree in row (girth 25-30 cm) at age of seven year is recommended.


Contact Information

Dr. Shailesh S. Harne
Associate Dean
College of Forestry
Po.Krishi Nagar,
Dr.P.D.K.V, Akola -444 104
Maharshtra, India
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Phone No. +91 0724-2258889
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