Forest Research Institute (FRI) Deemed to be University, Dehradun celebrated its 6th Convocation today on November 26, 2022 at 11.00 hrs. in the Convocation Hall of FRI. Shri Bharat Jyoti, Director, Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Shri Bivash Ranjan, Additional Director General (Wildlife), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Govt. of India attended the event as Guest of Honour. Shri Arun Singh Rawat, Chancellor, FRI Deemed to be University and Director General, Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education (ICFRE), Dehradun presided over the function. The ceremony started with the arrival of the academic procession comprising of the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour, Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, members of Board of Management and members of the Academic Council led by the Registrar, Dr. A.K. Tripathi. At the outset, Shri Arun Singh Rawat, Chancellor of the University and Director General, ICFRE declared the convocation open. Thereafter, Dr. Renu Singh, Vice-chancellor of the University and Director, FRI welcomed the dignitaries, special invitees, students and their parents and all present, and presented a report of the University mentioning the accomplishments and future aspirations of the University to become the first-rank forestry based Research University in the world with focused action plan to meet the challenges of forestry and related areas. She further affirmed the commitment of the University to promote all round development of the students and to contribute significantly to the sphere of knowledge.
Altogether 504 degrees including 115 Ph.D. and 389 M.Sc. were conferred in different disciplines and programmes of forestry. Twelve gold medals were awarded to the toppers of M.Sc. courses namely Rupali Sharma, Savla Shruti Hasmukh, Bikram Singh (Forestry); Bhavya Thapa, Prachi Upadhyay, Anthony Ashlyn William (Environment Management); Sunandini, Akanksha Sharma, Pradeep Kumar Patel (Wood Science & Technology); Unnati Chaudhary, Ruchi Bhaisora, Trinadha Chatterjee (Cellulose and Paper technology). Dr. G.S. Randhawa, Former Professor, IIT Roorkee sponsored three Prof. Puran Singh best doctoral thesis awards in Forestry for the years 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21 were conferred to Dr. Indranil Mondal, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun; Dr. Tanzeem Fatima, Institute of Wood Science & Technology, Bangalore; and Dr. Rakhi Tyagi, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun.