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The two-year classroom course work is designed to provide in-depth knowledge in management science, forestry, environment and development management, in general, and the area of the specialisation of the student, in particular.

The PGDFM first-year courses provide grounding to the FPM students in functional areas of management with application orientation in forestry, environment and development context. The classroom courses in the first year, which a candidate has to attain, is spread over a total of 20.75 credit unit. The PGDFM/PGDM graduates of IIFM/IIM get an exemption from first year FPM courses. The course structure of first year (three terms with one Field Work) is as follows:-



Term-I Courses

7.0 Credit Unit (CU)


Term-II courses

6.5 CU


Field Work (4 weeks)

0.75 CU


Term-III Courses

6.5 CU

TOTAL credit unit in First Year

20.75 CU


Term Paper (Research oriented project of ten weeks' duration immediately after Term-III)

The first year FPM students are required to take up research oriented project work leading to a term paper, under the guidance of a faculty member from their area of specialization. The students are required to identify the faculty supervisor for this term paper. The same faculty may continue as the thesis guide depending upon the mutual interest. This project will carry 2.0 credit unit equivalence. The evaluation will be internal and criteria for same will be developed by the FPM Committee. The term paper should be of publishable quality in a relevant peer reviewed journal.

Second Year of (advanced courses, case preparation and finalization, comprehensive examination, initiation and formulation of thesis proposal)

During the second year of the programme, the FPM student will undertake advanced level compulsory and elective courses. In addition to undertaking the above courses, the student will be required to prepare a case. Electives chosen by the student, during term IV and V, must be from the area of specialization. The details of courses to be undertaken and their credit points during the second year terms are as follows:


Sequential Activity


Credit Units

Term IV

Philosophy of Management


Advanced Research Methodology


Sources of Data


1 Elective Course


Term Paper


Initiation of case preparation



Total Term IV


Term V

Philosophy of Science


3 Advanced Elective Courses


Case Preparation



Total Term V


Post Term V

Comprehensive Examination (CE)


Term VI

Initiation and formulation of the thesis


Thesis proposal defence in the seminar


Start of Thesis work



Total Credits in the Second year


The FPM candidate shall acquire a total of 29.75 credit unit in the first two years of the course work.

Comprehensive Examination

After completing the coursework, every student will be required to take the Comprehensive Examination (CE). Passing the comprehensive examination is compulsory for all the students. The main objective of this examination is to test the student's understanding and grasp of the courses in an integral way. The comprehensive examination consists of a test covering the student's major area. It is expected to be conducted after the Term V.

Comprehensive Examination Committee (CEC)

A committee comprising of the concerned Area Coordinator and two other faculty member’s will conduct the Comprehensive Examination Committee (CEC). The CEC will be approved by the Director/Dean. The Chairperson of the CEC takes the responsibility for administering the Comprehensive Examination for a student. The committee should unanimously be satisfied with the performance of the candidate in the CE.

Term VI -Initiation and formulation of the thesis proposal

Thesis Proposal Defence seminar

Start of Thesis Work

Minimum academic requirement for taught subjects

It will be governed by FPM Academic Rules and Regulations.


Case Preparation

FPM student is expected to develop a case before the start of term VI based on the preliminary research. The submission of the term paper along with six printed copies of the case to the FPM cell on or before the due date as notified for the same by the FPM cell. The case would be evaluated by the CEC and a student must obtain a satisfactory grade to the satisfaction of the CEC.

Third Year    

Thesis Work, Research /Teaching Assignments

Participation in Research/Teaching work

Each of the students would be expected to provide assistance in research/teaching work of the Institute as an FPM scholar during the third and fourth years of study. This will provide them with an opportunity to develop their research skills and teaching skills.

 Fourth Year

 Thesis Work, Research/Teaching Assignments, Pre-thesis submission seminar, Publication of two research articles, Thesis submission and defence.


The thesis should be a scholarly work related to contribution to the understanding and resolution of management problems. The thesis should demonstrate professional competence in developing a model or a set of hypotheses, collecting and interpreting data, reaching conclusions, and drawing the implications for research and managerial practice.

Thesis Proposal

The student should start working on the thesis proposal soon after joining the programme. However, every student would be expected to submit the thesis proposal at the earliest after passing the comprehensive examination. The thesis proposal has to be successfully defended by the student in a Seminar

During the second year, the FPM student should identify, a thesis advisor who will guide him/her as Chairperson in his/her Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC). The thesis advisor will recommend one internal faculty and one external faculty as members of the TAC, which will be approved by the Director.


Change in the Topic of Thesis Proposal after Approval.

If a student chooses to change the topic of the thesis proposed, on convincing reasons, the Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) can allow the change only once but the student has to go through the whole process of thesis proposal approval again.


Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC)

The TAC consists of three members- Thesis advisor (Chairperson & Supervisor) and two other members who are from the related areas of specialization. The members are chosen to contribute to the thesis research in a complementary manner and to provide help in the literature search, research design, model construction, fieldwork, and data analysis. An expert or an academician from outside of IIFM can also be a member of the committee provided he/she has the requisite expertise and interest to advise the student.

If the circumstances demand, including those arising out of the inability of any member of TAC to perform the assigned functions, the Director/Dean may, in consultation with the Chairperson of the TAC, reconstitute the TAC. Only in exceptional circumstances, the TAC may be reconstituted by the approval of the Director.

The Role of TAC Includes the Following:

  • To advise and give feedback to the student regarding thesis work on a continuous basis.
  • Judging the adequacy of the research design for the thesis proposal.
  • Attending the thesis seminar to be presented by the student and to provide feedback.
  • Providing written feedback on the draft thesis submitted by the student.

Thesis Proposal Seminar

When the TAC agrees on the adequacy of the research design, the student will formulate a preliminary thesis proposal and give a seminar on the proposal to the institute's academic community for getting further inputs to strengthen the thesis proposal.

The student should give at least two weeks' notice to the FPM Office for arranging the seminar, in the interest of better participation from the institute's academic community.

Approval and Submission of Thesis Proposal

A thesis proposal is approved only after the student has given the thesis proposal seminar and the TAC concludes that the subject appears researchable in the way it has been proposed. TAC will ascertain that the proposed field work is likely to produce the required data and the analytical methodology if adequately carried out will produce an acceptable thesis, and the student is ready for undertaking full scale research. The student will submit to the FPM cell a copy of the thesis proposal approved by the TAC latest by the end of 2nd academic year (1st academic year for the students who are exempted for the first year courses).


Publication of Two Research Articles

Before submitting the draft thesis, students will be required to have at least two-research articles' acceptance for publication in a journal/ conference proceedings based on their research work. This is a pre-requisite for thesis defence.

Students will get credit for presenting and publishing research articles in the national/ international seminars/ conferences.

The joint authorship with the thesis advisor is also acceptable, provided the student should be the first author. The two research articles /acceptance letters will have to be submitted to the FPM cell.

Draft Thesis

The student should submit three copies and a soft copy of the approved draft thesis duly signed by the TAC members to the FPM office.

The student is also required to mandatorily include the plagiarism report generated from acceptable plagiarism detecting software like URKUND, TURNITIN and GRAMMARLY, in the draft thesis.

Thesis Seminar

After completing all the requirements and before submitting the final thesis for defence, the student will present a seminar on the research to disseminate the findings to stimulate research work in the area. The seminar also provides an opportunity to obtain feedback from the institute's academic community including the TAC members. The student should give at least two weeks' notice to the FPM office for arranging the seminar in the interest of better participation from the institute's academic community.

Final Thesis Submission

After incorporating all the suggestions provided in the Thesis Seminar and Viva Voce, the student submits the final hard bound thesis (six) copies in black/bottle green/dark blue/marron color hardcover with golden screen/embossed/engraved print on the cover along with the softcopy of thesis. The thesis must be accompanied with the certificate of TAC members.

Thesis Examination Committee

When a student is ready to submit his/her thesis, the Director/Dean appoints the Thesis Examination Committee (TEC), consisting of one member of the TAC (in consultation with the Chairperson TAC) and two eminent external experts, to be taken from experts' list submitted by the TAC Chairperson.

The role of TEC includes:

  • Examining the thesis work
  • Conducting an oral thesis defence examination (any one of the external experts will be invited to conduct the oral examination).


 Award of Title

The student shall complete the following requirements before qualifying for the award of the title:

  • Obtain clearance form from various functionaries of the Institute as per guidelines.

On qualifying for the award of the title, students become eligible to receive the title of “Fellow of the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal” which will be conferred in the forthcoming annual Convocation. A Provisional Certificate can be given on the student's request to this effect after approval of the Faculty Council.