Jyoti Bhandari, Institute of Forestry Pokhara
Jyoti Bhandari is an Associate Professor in the Department of Silviculture and Forest Biology at the Pokhara Institute of Forest Studies. She has received a $50,000 research scholarship for herbal medicine research.
Bhandari’s proposal has selected by the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) under UNESCO.
Jyoti said the research, which should be completed within two years, would be in the Annapurna Conservation Area.
Bhandari has studied the herbs that have used as medicine in the villages in the laboratory.
She said that another objective of her research was to train the farmers. And take them to commercial production after studying the herbs.
The Institute of Forestry, Pokhara Campus (IOF-PC), was established in 1981 as the Central Campus of the Institute of Forestry, one of the five technical institutes under Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
The IOF, founded as Nepal Forestry Institute in Singh Durbar, Kathmandu, in 1947, was shifted to Suping (BhimPhedi) in 1957 and again to Hetauda in 1965. The IOF was run by the Department of Forests until July 1972, when it was incorporated into the Tribhuvan University, where it started its new existence as the Institute of Forestry.
In order to meet the growing demands for skilled and competent natural resource managers in the country, the IOF founded the IOF-PC, which launched two academic programs: a two-year Technical Certificate in Forestry (TCF) and a three year Bachelor of Science in Forestry (B.Sc.F).
The latter was changed to a four- year program in 1995 and the former has been phased out.
It started Master of Science (M.Sc.) programs in 2004 and has been offering courses for (a) M.Sc. in Forestry,
(b) M.Sc. in Watershed Management, and
(c) M.Sc. in Natural Resource Management and Rural Development,
(d) M.Sc. in Community Forestry.
The IOF-PC has also been facilitating Doctoral Program in Forestry run under the IOF Dean’s Office. Besides regular academic programs, it also conducts short-term national and international training and workshops in forestry and allied subjects.
Teaching and research at IOF-PC preserve and enrich creative traditions through well designed educational programs that address the current national and international needs in forestry and allied fields.