FCRI signs MoU with Auburn University for better forest management

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Professor of Auburn University Dr Janaki Ram Reddy is seen interacting with the PCCF Shoba and others at FCRI In Mulugu

The Forest College and Research Institute (FCRI) has entered into an MoU with Auburn University, Alabama, USA to improve the teaching standards and learning methodologies. 

Professor and Dean, School of Forestry and Wildlife Science, Auburn University Dr Janaki Ram Reddy Alavalapati visited Forest College and Research Institute at Mulugu here today and interacted with faculty members and Dean, FCRI on exploring the prospects for students and faculty development and collaborative activities.

The Principal. Chief Conservator of Forests (HoFF) Telangana R Shoba and PCCF, IT & Admin Munindra have discussed with him elaborately on various issues pertaining to collaboration in detail, especially with regard to experiences on Forestry Education, Research and Extension programmes being implemented in Auburn University. He shared his inputs on various aspects related to Forest-based Entrepreneurship, Economics and Marketing.

With evolving technologies and innovations in science, the curriculum needs to be designed suiting to industrial and societal needs. He has explained certain subjects like Wood Science and Technology to be renamed as Biomaterial Engineering. Packaging industries has immense potential from biomaterials, wildlife entrepreneurship management as business and hospitality models. Cross Laminated Timber buildings will be the future in the construction sector. Certain Signature Activities would be started by FCRI, he said.

The other suggestions he made include having a nature camping activity for a one-month duration, Plastic based materials to be replaced with biomaterials, Interaction with graduate students in curriculum revision, having coordination with forest-based corporations and collaborations with different agencies.

Auburn School of Forestry and Wildlife Science shall help in video-based classrooms, lectures helping in designing new courses. He appreciated the efforts made in the last three years with reference to summer internships, FoWE and other academic programmes.