Indian Institute of Forest Management

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Indian Institute of Forest Management Bhopal
भारतीय वन प्रबन्धन संस्थान
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Type Public Education and Research Institution
Established 1982
Director Dr. G.A. Kinhal
Postgraduates 93-PGDFM
Location India Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
Campus 217 acres (0.88 km2)
Affiliations Ministry of Environment and Forests
Website Official Website IIFM Alumni Website

The Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) (founded 1982) is an autonomous institution at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, India, established by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India with financial assistance from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and course assistance from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.[1] The institute's objective is to fulfill the growing need for managerial human resource in forest and allied sectors. IIFM has developed as an educational, research, training and consultancy organization. As a campus it is also famous for its rich flora and fauna with sightings of various wild mammals and birds within campus.

The institute is headed by a director selected by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (India).

Location and building[edit]

IIFM arc
Indian institute of forest management

The institute is located in Nehru Nagar, in the southernwest corner of the city of Bhopal. It is on a hill that overlooks the Bhadbhada barrage. The barrage controls the overflow of the upper lake or Bada Talab of Bhopal. The spillway for Bhadbhada tails around the IIFM hill, giving it a scenic location surrounded by water on three sides like a peninsula during good monsoons. The location is some 3.5km south of T.T. Nagar and just off the road to Kerwa Dam. The architect of the institute's buildings is Anant Raje, who won a national award for architecture for the designs. The architect was inspired by the historical town of Mandu for his work at IIFM. One of the prominent feature of this architecture is a giant arc, as seen in the thumbnail.


IIFM conducts following courses:

  1. Post Graduate Diploma in Forest Management (PFM)
  2. M.Phil. in Natural Resource Management (MRM) and
  3. Fellow Program in Management (FPM) equivalent to Ph.D

In addition, it conducts Management Development programmes.

Its flagship PFM course is one of its kind in Asia.

Post Graduate Diploma in Forest Management[edit]

The PFM course was started in 1988. It is a two-year residential course. The first batch of PFM students graduated in 1990. Admission to PFM course is done through the Common Admission Test (CAT) (conducted by Indian Institutes of Management). After the test there is a round of group discussions and interviews and then a final list is drawn for the course. Scholarship was provided to the all the students admitted which has been discontinued from 2008.

Course design[edit]

PGDFM is a two-year fully residential post graduate level programme equivalent to Master's Degree in Forest Management. The course consist of 6 terms, one Summer Internship and 2 Field trips. There are 7 courses in each term until 4th term which is common to all the students. In the 5th and 6th term students have to choose either of the following specializations. The three major specialized modules offered are

It is compulsory for each student to have a Major specialization and but they can opt to either have Minor specialization or not.

Major Specialization[edit]

A student can have single or dual specialization. A student has to opt for one major specialization by opting minimum 8.0 credit courses in total (4.0 credit compulsory and remaining 4.0 credit electives courses, from major specialization area, offered during terms V and VI). The total credit to be taken in the V and VI terms is 6.0 credits each.

Minor Specialization[edit]

A student can also have a minor specialization by opting 4.0 credit courses from available compulsory/elective courses of the module chosen. The choice of opting for minor specialization rests with the students.

The Diploma[edit]

The diploma will be given in major specialization like PGDFM (with specialized package in DM). The minor specialization will not be mentioned on the diploma, but it can be mentioned on transcript.

Classroom Sessions Per Course[edit]

The students are required to complete 43 credits including one credit for fieldwork and two credits for Summer Internship. A one-credit course is of 30 classroom sessions of one hour each and half credit course is of fifteen classroom sessions of one hour each. Each credit course requires from a student about 100 hours of work, inside and outside the classroom.

Students may also be asked to attend workshops/seminars/special lectures.


Most job placements are with the environment and development sector with NGOs, though recently a number of banks and microfinance institutions have participated in campus placements. Apart from it Corporate also participate in IIFM Placements and profiles are offered in Sales & Marketing, Market research, Banking & Finance, Environment, Health and Safety, Environment Management System, Consulting roles, Operations etc.

IIFM and its alumni work closely with national and international civil society, governments, academia and industry.

Notable alumni[2][edit]

IIFM Alumni in Development & Financial Inclusion[edit]

Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty(SERP), UNFCCC, ACCESS Development Services, Lupin Foundation, Tribal Welfare Deptt-Govt. of A.P, RBS Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Bank, Financial Inclusion Network and Operations(FINO), SEWA Mandir, Rajiv Education and Employment Mission of Andhra Pradesh, UNDP, NABARD Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd., BRLPS, UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund), MSRLM, Asian Development Bank(ADB), ORLP, Young Professional-Ministry of Rural Development, DFID, Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellow (PMRDF)-MoRD, Aide et Action etc.

IIFM Alumni in Environment & Wild Life[edit]

Deloitte, The Energy and Resources Institute, M.P.Seed Development Corporation, Ambuja Cements Ltd- Environment Division, Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Environment & Forest Department-Government of Bihar, Sampark World Wide India Foundation, Gujarat State Watershed Management Agency, Gujarat Ecology Commission, Inspectorate Griffith India Private, InsPIRE Network for Environment, Gujarat State Watershed Management Agency, Ernst & Young, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), EcoCapita, Iora Ecological Solutions, BASIX group, WWF, Earth Care Consultants, M.P forest department, Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board, MP Eco- Development Board, UNDP, USAID etc.

IIFM Alumni in Research[edit]

IFMR-Centre for Development Finance, Institute for Resource Analysis and Policy, Joint Global Change Research Institute, Genpact, Pathfinder International, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), IMRB International, Smart Cube, N R Management Consultants, Sambodhi Research & Communications Pvt. Ltd., The Nielsen Company etc.

IIFM Alumni in Forestry[edit]

Madhya Pradesh Forest Department, JK Paper Ltd, Aditya Birla Group, Birla Lao Pulp & Plantation, Wood Supply Chain & Plantations, Raw Materials at Greenply Industries ltd, Grasim Industries Ltd, BILT, Renewable Woods, Olam International, ITC Bhadrachalam etc.

IIFM Alumni in Management Consulting[edit]

Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte, Intellecap, Mircosave, NR Management Consultants, Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited(IL&FS), SENES Consultants India Pvt., EXL Service, Deloitte, McKinsey & Company, DenuoSource, Wipro Consulting, GIZ etc.

IIFM Alumni are not only working in these organizations, but have also continuously pursued specializations from various well known universities and institutes which include University of Alberta(Environment), University of Nottingham, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, University of California-Berkeley, The University of Manchester, University of Aegean-Greece, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, London School of Economics and many others.

Entrepreneurs from IIFM[edit]

IIFM has also produced many social entrepreneurs. Some of them are:

  • Mr. Manoj Dabas, Founder, Center for Urban Green Spaces [3]
  • Mr. Jayesh Bhatia, Founding Director, NRM Consultants [4]
  • Mr. Vineet Rai, Founder and CEO, Intellecap and Aavishkaar Venture Management Service[5]
  • Mr. Paul Basil, Founder and CEO, Villgro Innovations Foundation.[6]
  • Mr. Vijay Pratap Singh Aditya, Founder and CEO, Ekgaon Technologies Pvt Limited[7]
  • Mr. Amit Jain, Co-Founder, E-health Point [8]
  • Mr. Tanmay Chetan, Co-Founder, Agora Microfinance [9]
  • Mr. Rahul Bisht, Co-founder, M2I Consulting [10]
  • Mr. Swapan Mehra, Founder and CEO, Iora Ecological Solutions[11]
  • Mr. Jaspal Shakya, Co-Founder and CEO,[12]
  • Mr. Bhomik Shah, Founder and CEO, [13]
  • Mr. P. Naveen Kumar, Founder and CEO, Sudiksha Knowledge Solutions, "Sudiksha Kids" [14]

See also[edit]