India’s First Forest University to be Established in Telangana

India’s First Forest University to be Established in Telangana – India’s 1st & World’s 3rd University of Forestry will be opened in Telangana. The Telangana legislative assembly approved the University of Forestry (UOF) Act 2022 and as per the act, The ‘University of Forestry (UOF) will be the first of its kind in India. With only Russia and China having forest universities in the world and this will be the third university of forestry in the world.

  • The Telangana Govt decided to expand the Forestry College and Research Institute (FCRI) in Hyderabad.
  • After upgrading FCRI to University, it will have additional 18 programmes including a PhD, diploma, and certificate courses in Urban Forestry, Nursery Management, Agro-Forestry, Tribal livelihood enhancement, Forest entrepreneurship, Climate-smart Forestry & Forest Parks Management.
  • The number of students will be increased to 726.
  • The Chief Minister of the State will be appointed as the Chancellor of the University, and the Chancellor will be appointed as the Vice-Chancellor.

Telangana Ku Haritha Haram

  • The Telangana Govt has 268.83 crore seedlings under its flagship programme, ‘Telangana Ku Haritha Haram.
  • As per the India State of Forest (ISFR 2021) by Forest Survey of India, green cover in the state has increased by 7.7% and forest cover by 6.85%.

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