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R.V. Singh

Nationality: Indian

Gender: male

Date Of Brith: 01/01/1932

Awards Received:

Certificate of Honour presented by Y.S.P. University of Horticulture and Forestry, Himachal Pradesh for contribution in the field of forestry education and research in the state.

Academic & Professional Qualifications:

Master M.Sc. (Agronomy) AIFC
Ph.D PhD.  


Position(s) Held:

Served as a member of Indian Forest Service
Retired as Director General, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education
During service period, served in different capacities in Forest Department, Himachal Pradesh and also as Professor of Forestry, Himachal Pradesh University, Coordinator, Confer Research Centre, Shimla, President, Forest Research Institute & Colleges, Dehra Dun.

Membership(s) of Societies/Association:

Fellow, National Academy of Forest and Environmental Sciences
Fellow, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences

About the Author

R.V. Singh, M.Sc. (Agronomy), PhD retired as Director General, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education. As a member of Indian Forest Service, he served in different capacities in the forest service and also as Professor of Forestry, H.P. University; Coordinator, Conifer Research Centre, Shimla;  and President, Forest Research Institute, Dehra Dun. He has a long stint of forestry research both in states and in Government of India. After retirement, he has been working as a forestry consultant. He has a number of forestry-related publications to his credit including seven books and more than 100 technical papers.

Details of Books/Monographs

1 Fodder Trees of India Oxford & IBH Pub. Co.


reprinted in 1985 and in 1988

2 Social Forestry Plantations (In joint authorship with Shri K.M.Tiwari) Oxford & IBH Pub. Co. 1984
3 Working plan for the Forests of Mandi and Nachan Forest Divisions, Himachal Pradesh H. P. Forest Department. 1957-58 to 1976-77
4 Small Scale Multipurpose Tree Production Systems in a Mountainous Region of India GCP\RAS\131\NET, Field Document No. 28. FAO Regional Office for Asia and    the Pacific, Bangkok 1991
5 Agroforestry in support of Animal Production in Asia and the Pacific Region FAO Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (RAPA) Monograph 1992/13. 1992
6 Fodder Production from Tropical Forests in Asia and the Pacific Region FAO Regional Office, Bangkok RAP Publication 1995/16. 1995
7 The Role of Civil Society in the Forestry Sector in India (R.V. Singh and Deepak Khanna Edits).  FRI, Dehra Dun. 2008. 


Details of Articles

More than 100 technical papers on different aspects of forestry 


After superannuation from Indian Forest Service, worked on a number of consultancy assignments for about 20 years for international organizations, viz., FAO of the United Nations, Danish International Development Agency, Swedish International Development Agency, Overseas Development Administration, U.K., India-Canada Environment Facility, SWEDFOREST, Ford Foundation and SCANDIA consult Natura for forestry projects in India dealing with social forestry, joint forest management, forest management and planning, biodiversity conservation, watershed development, agroforestry, pasture and fodder management, environmental conservation, forestry sector study, water resources development, etc.

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Forestry Research in India

Forestry research is a niche segment in India and has yet to find a deserving place as a science. Many universities/premier institutes haven't realized its potential and, therefore, are not keen to offer courses on it. This book is an effort to highlight the importance of the topic and thus presents a detailed study, critical analyses, strengths and weaknesses of forestry research in India since its inception towards the end of the nineteenth century. It very clearly analyses and summarizes relevant issues enabling readers understand approaches adopted, their failures and successes, and provides main conclusions. Based on such detailed critical analyses, it identifies major issues and gives suggestions for improvement and future direction. Strong and appropriate forestry research support is critical to realize the potential of forests of our country to mitigate climate-change effects, conservation of biodiversity, support sustainable agriculture through climate amelioration and perpetual supply of water for irrigation to ensure food security for the country, alleviation of poverty of tribals and other forest-dependent communities and to provide a number of goods and services needed for economic development of the country. The book provides suggestions for strengthening and reorientation of forestry research in the country. First of its kind on the subject, this book should generate keen interest on forestry research among the policy-makers, educators and even to the intellectuals and students involved in forestry studies and services.