Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline
Forests of Bangladesh has been disappearing and degrading at an alarming rate for the last few decades due to social, economic and political problems. Once heavily forested, Bangladesh is now almost devoid of forest vegetation with a cover less than about 10% of the total land area. This condition has created major gaps between demand and supply of basic forest resources. For the improvement of forest conditions and sustainable supply of forest resources it will require major contributions from academicians, researchers, scientists, politicians and people of all stakes in general. To cater with these needs, Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline launched its academic activities in 1992 with a view to produce quality forestry professionals.
The opening of the Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline of Khulna University has been well thought and appropriate because of its close proximity to the Sundarbans, the largest single tract mangrove forests of the world, which accounts for 40% of the state-owned forest in Bangladesh. It is well known for its amazingly rich biodiversity and protection against the natural calamities. This is very crucial time for us to protect such important resources to save our life and property. We are continuously focusing our researches on the Sundarbans. Forestry and Wood Technology discipline is in strategic position to the forest deficient northern region of the country where government has been emphasizing forestry extension and social forestry programs. Given the geographic considerations, our mission is to provide quality education and research on mangrove forestry, social and agroforestry, forest tree improvement and wood science and technology along the other core forestry areas.
Forestry and Wood Technology discipline of Life Science School is one of the pioneer disciplines of this University and second institution of its kind in Bangladesh offering a 4-year Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Forestry and 1-year Masters in Forestry. The discipline has also started offering PhD degree. This Discipline is conducting outstanding education and research in the field of forest science and wood technology, which will contribute to the sustainable management of forest resources. It has also given emphasis on areas of mangrove forestry, social forestry and wood technology along with due and balanced thrust in core forestry areas in curriculum and courses. The courses also give emphasis in achieving the optimum utilization of forest produce to reduce the gap between demand and supply of forest produce in Bangladesh. The program is specially designed to produce competent professionals who are able to think critically and lead in forest science and wood technological development. Since its inception, the discipline has produced a large number quality forestry professional. Graduates of this discipline have already acquired fame in professional arenas as well as in non-professional job markets. Our graduates are competent to meet the future challenges of forestry and environmental issues of the country and the globe as a whole.
The discipline has twenty-four faculty members. Most of them have obtained higher degrees (MS & PhD) from foreign reputed universities. They have possessed excellent cutting-edge knowledge and technology in forestry and wood science. The combination of highly imaginative academic minds and sophisticated research infrastructure generates scientific breakthroughs in diverse areas of forest ecology, social forestry, agroforestry and wood science, which are the driving force for innovation and technology development. Since its inception, the faculty members have been conducting research on various fields of forestry and wood science, which have already earned recognition and fame both nationally and internationally. The Discipline has facilities to carry out advance research in the areas of forest ecology and forest management, wood science, social forestry, agroforestry and tree improvement. The Discipline has a pool of sophisticated equipment in Nutrient Dynamics Lab, Wood Science Lab, Tissue Culture Lab, Nano Biomaterial Lab, Eco-physiology Lab. We have built linkage with various forest organizations like Forest Department, Bangladesh Forest Research Institute (BFRI), Bangladesh Forest Industries Development Cooperation (BFIDC) and different Wood-based Industries in Bangladesh.