How can I purse post graduation in wildlife conservation? How many universities offer this course in India? How can I prepare for entrances?
Expert Advice –
A career in wild life conservation has been attracting students off late. Students who are passionate about the rich wild life in India are willing to venture into the wild primarily to protect, manage and preserve it. This sector has seen an increased interest both by the Centre and the State governments and also by international agencies and NGOs. They fund the wild life research projects which are related to environment assessment and conservation. The sky becomes a limit for young environmentalists working for such projects.
The Wild life Institute of India, Dehradun one of the premier institute in wildlife conservation, offers an Msc in wild life research and management. Eligibility is for graduates in science, agriculture, forestry, veterinary and life sciences. The eligible candidates have to write National Entrance Test (NET) in one of the 6 Centres (Bengaluru, Dehradun, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and Guwahati). The NET which is of 2.5 hours, tests the candidates on GK, General science, Life sciences, Forestry, Agriculture science, veterinary science, Geology, Geography, Sociology, Economics and Engineering, etc Shortlisted meritorious candidates based on NET screening will be called to take a personality and aptitude test (PAT) at Dehra Dun.
The National Centre of Biological Sciences is another premier institute in wildlife conservation. It offers M.Sc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation for graduates in any discipline. This course is offered once in every two years. The course is in collaboration with the Centre for Wild Life Studies (CWS), Bangalore and Wild Life Conservation society, (WCS-New York) the degree is offered by Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. The selection is through national-level written test and interview. Along with the written test, a detailed application, referee letters and an interview of short-listed candidates is also required. The written test assesses general knowledge, English language skills, analytical and quantitative abilities and knowledge of basic biology, ecology and conservation issues. This test is conducted in over 30 centre’s across India, including most state capitals, in early December. Additionally, a monthly scholarship of Rs. 10,000 is given to NCBS students.
University of Kota, Rajasthan offers an Msc in Wild Life Sciences and graduates in botany, zoology, agriculture, nursing, forestry, biotechnology, veterinary and other equivalent science degree are eligible for this course. Refer link:http://www.uok.ac.in/courses-offered-by-the-university.html
Amity Institute of Wild life Sciences offers an Msc in wild life sciences, a graduate in science subjects/engineering/veterinary/forestry/agriculture/environmental studies is eligible to apply
Saurashtra University at Rajkot, Gujarat (WII is affiliated to this university) offers a M.Sc. Wildlife Science and the eligible candidates have to write National Entrance Test (NET) Short-listed candidates will be called to take a Personality and Aptitude Test at Dehradun
For the Indian Forest Service and State Forest Service officers, Wild life Institute of India offers a diploma in advanced wildlife management.
Centre for Wild life studies of ‘The Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University ‘offers an MS program in the discipline based on the concept of conservation medicine. This is an interdisciplinary area of science based on the concept that humans, animals and ecosystem health are somewhere inert related and hence interdependent. Visit www.kvasu.ac.in for details.
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