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Alumni Messages

Oh! It has already been more than 15 years I passed out from IIFM. Nevertheless, lots of good memories are still very fresh in my memories. IIFM was a turning point in my professional career. I was a Chemist working in a multinational company before IIFM. As life was very monotonous there, I was searching for something different that can give me eternal satisfaction. I came to know about IIFM and its course on NRM. Although many of my dears and nears suggested not to leave a good job in a reputed company and change my career pathway, I choose what my soul said. Every day in IIFM was new for me as I have to encounter with entirely new subject matters. However, I enjoyed every moment there. The high-quality education in IIFM helped me to move ahead in my professional career. Within four years of my new career I got scholarship for PhD in Austria. This would not have happened without strong academic background that I gained from IIFM. Now, I am working in the biggest forestry program so far in Nepal as a Manager, where I am responsible for promoting forestry business. Whatever I am today, the credit also goes to IIFM and its faculties. Cheers!

Kalyan Gauli, (2002-2003)
Kalyan Gauli, (2002-2003) Manager-Biodiversity, Ecosystem Servies and Climate Change at Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources (ANSAB) Kathmandu, Nepal, kalyangauli@gmail.com

"I am a Development Professional, presently implementing world's largest Rural Livelihood program i.e. "National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) in Jharkhand. I did M.Phil in NRM from IIFM in the year 2005. Before that I was a Social development professional i.e. due my education in MSW (Master of Social Work) in 1995. IIFM helped me understand NRM (Natural Resource management) in a holistic way and also built my techno-managerial skills and knowledge base in NRM for Livelihood promotion for rural poor people in a systematic way. In IIFM I also learned Sustainable Development i.e. 3Ps - People, Planet and Profit which helped me progress in my career

Bishnu C Parida (2004-2005)
Bishnu C Parida (2004-2005) Chief Operating Officer in JSLPS (Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society), Department of Rural Development, Govt. of Jharkhand

It is matter of great pride and honour to write about IIFM in any capacity and especially when one has spent a crucial phase of the students’ lifetime at the institute. MPhil in Natural Resources Management is a unique professional course at IIFM which is targeted at current student’s and early/mid-career professionals. In fact, IIFM is the first (and perhaps the only) institute in India to offer such a course that follows a multiand inter- disciplinary approach and encompasses a wide range of topics which are usefulin Environment, Forestry and Development sector. The course which is a mix of interactive classroom sessions, group and lab work, field exposures and a dissertation component provide an excellent opportunity to learn about issues in resource management. Depending on one’s career interest, these learning’s are apt for various national and international professional opportunities in research, consultancy, teaching, corporate social responsibility, and development sector. I strongly recommend this course to prospective students and professionals.

Nitin Bassi (2005-2006)
Nitin Bassi (2005-2006) Senior Researcher, Institute for Resource Analysis and Policy [IRAP] | Delhi Branch Office & Key Expert "Support to Building an Indo-EU Partnership on Water & Ganga Rejuvenation" Project funded by the European Union and implemented by AETS Consortium, Email: bassi43@gmail.com | nitinbassi@irapindia.org

An M.Phil from IIFM helped me amalgamate a managerial outlook of natural resource management, to my background of research. I was able to get access to the best faculties in their areas of expertise & the brand name that comes by associating with institute of International repute. Not only is it set up in a picturesque location, but the classmates who are from different parts of India & other countries teach you to learn & respect diverse viewpoints & culture. It was definitely a launch pad to my career & helped broaden my vision, which is proving to be great help to me now”

Divy Ninad Koul (2006-2007)
Divy Ninad Koul (2006-2007) Senior Unit Head- Bisleri International Pvt. Ltd |Ahead of Elements Mall, Bangalore-560045 | email: divy.ninad@bisleri.co.in