The countries most trusted and revered institution, the Wildlife Institute of India is nestled in the luscious Doon Valley. Coined in 1982 by VB Saharia, the Wildlife Institute of India is an internationally acclaimed autonomous institution framed under the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, Government of India. WII imparts training, academic courses and advisory in wildlife research and management. The grandiose architecture along with the state of the art facilities offered by the institute make the environment at WII growth inclusive.
Aims and Objectives of Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun
The Wildlife Institute of India conducts research on biodiversity related issues across the country. It aims to boost the development of wildlife science and promote its application in conservation in harmony with our cultural and socio-economic sphere. The university also aims at imparting the scientific knowledge about wildlife resources by offering sound training at various frontiers of conservation and management of wildlife. For fulfilling this objective, WII has collaborated with various international organisations in wildlife research, management and training. The university’s goal is to develop a regional centre of international importance and natural resource conservation.
Areas of Research of Wildlife Institute of India
The Wildlife Institute of India carries extensive research in the various fields pertaining to wildlife that includes Biodiversity, Endangered Species, Wildlife Policy, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Forensics, Spatial Modelling, Eco-development, Habitat Ecology and Climate Change. WII also offers robust research facilities which include Remote Sensing and GIS, Laboratory, Herbarium, and an Electronic Library.
Courses Offered by WII
Masters in Wildlife Science- Duration 2 Years
Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Wildlife Management- Duration 10 months
Certificate Course in Wildlife Management- Duration 3 months.
The students must hold a graduate degree with 55% aggregate in Bachelor of Science degree with biology major. Apart from this, degrees in veterinary science, forestry, agriculture and environmental sciences are also acceptable. Professional foresters not more than 35 years of age with suitable biological background and aptitude for wildlife research can also join as an estudante for an in-service basis.
How to reach Wildlife Institute of India in Dehradun
WII is located in the quaint surroundings of Chandrabani, close to the southern forests of Dehradun. It is situated about 11 km from the city centre, Clock Tower Dehradun and can be easily accessed from any part of the country. Dehradun is well connected by motorable roads and direct buses to Dehradun are available from cities like Delhi, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Roorkee etc. Dehradun railway station at 9 km away is the nearest railhead from Wildlife Institute of India. Jolly Grant airport at 35 km away is the closest air connectivity to the institute. The airport operates daily flights to Delhi and taxis to WII are easily available from here.