Despite the Covid-19 situation across the globe, the girls from the first batch of BSc Forestry in the Forest College and Research Institute (FCRI) Mulugu in Telangana have spared no effort to make to the best institutions in the world for higher education in Forestry.
In yet another of its achievement, a final year student Miss Suharsha Baskarla has made it to the MS program in School of Forestry and wildlife sciences at Auburn University, Alabama. Her specialization will be in wood science technology. The two years of the study program at auburn will be without tuition fee for two years. In addition to the waiving off 15000 dollars annual tuition fee, she has been offered 1500 dollar per month Scholarship for two years. Together for two years, it is of worth Rs 50 lakh. Miss Suharsha is one of the top five students of the outgoing batch.
Hailing from Mancherial, Suharsha Baskarla is the daughter of a Singareni Collieries employee. She takes pride in choosing the professional forestry course for the first time in Telangana State. “Pursuing higher studies in abroad has always been my dream and FCRI gave me an opportunity to move towards my goal. Despite the most challenging times during lockdown, I applied & finally after a long wait for 3 months I made it, said Suharsha.
She is currently enrolled in the M.S. Forestry (thesis) program with a focus on Forest products specialization under the guidance of two majors – Dr Brian Via & Dr Adam Maggard. Back home she worked under the Dean of FCRI Dr G Chandrashekar Reddy and Addl PCCF Dr Janaki RR Alavalapati. “This program will enable me to realise my dream of becoming a researcher in the field of wood science. I will use the knowledge, skills and expertise that I gain to contribute to the forest community back home”, she declared.
Earlier Miss Surya Deepika got the admission into the MS program with forest genetics specialization in Auburn University. Reacting on the development, the Dean school forestry and wildlife biology Dr A Jankiram Reddy said this was made possible due to the MoU entered with Auburn University by the FCRI. “More students are yet to get their admission during the spring”, he said.
This apart the final year students are under regular guidance to face all PG entrance examinations to be conducted elsewhere in the country with an intension to top everywhere. The exams include the Indian Council of Agricultural Research PG entrance exam, Indian Council Forestry Research and Education PG entrance exam and so on. Looking at the enthusiasm of students the ICFRE sanctioned centre for writing PG entrance exam at Hyderabad this year for the first time. Most of the Girl students are keen to join the Forest Research University at Dehradun and are interested in MSc Wood Science and Technology course.
There are 20 students among the first batch who are undergoing civil services coaching on day to day basis under the guidance of DCF A Narasimha Reddy. The final year students are also preparing for the civil services examination from now itself. The Faculty members are trained by the Faculty from the University of British Columbia Canada in two spells. The design of the new courses and the Research questions identification and syllabus formulation and teaching pedagogy techniques are taught to the faculty. The faculty is currently handling about 20 research projects and the field observation and data collection are in progress, said the Dean.