Dr.K.T.Parthiban is a Professor of Forestry and is currently heading the Department of Agroforestry, Forest College and Research Institute, TNAU, Mettupalayam. He is engaged in professional forestry teaching, research and extension for the past 18 years. He is pioneering in conceiving the value chain models for Industrial Agroforestry and promoted industrial wood plantation establishment in association with pulp, paper, match, plywood and biomass power generation industries. He is also pioneer in development of varieties in trees particularly in Casuarina and Melia and transferred these varieties to farm lands through Consortia mode Tree Farming. He is also credential for conceiving comprehensive Tree Insurance Scheme and implemented TIS successfullyin Tamil Nadu. He has vast experience in teaching UG, PG and Ph.D Programme in Forestry and has guided over 30 M.Sc and Ph.D scholars. He has handled numerous projects funded by DST, DBT, ICAR, NOVOD Board and several wood based industries. He has published 7 books and over 100 research papers in forestry research. Some of his books like Objective Forestry, Subjective Forestry to IFS Aspirants and Industrial Agroforestry have found wide range of utility by the students, professional foresters and wood based industries. Dr.K.T.Parthiban travelled widely including UK, France, Republic of Ireland, Germany, Holland, Italy, Hungary, Philippines, Malaysia, Brazil, Denmark etc. and gained skill and expertise on forestry technologies and applied them in India with suitable modifications.
Dr. R. Jude Sudhagar is an Assistant Professor of Forestry currently working in the Department of Agroforestry at Forest College and Research Institute, TNAU, Mettupalayam. He has 11 years of experience in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in Forestry and Agricultural
Sciences. He was actively involved in biofuel research and has contributed in the development of
high yielding hybrids in Jatropha. He is presently the Officer in charge of the All India Coordinated Research Project on Agroforestry of Mettupalayam centre. He has 15 research
articles, 2 books and 7 popular articles to his credit.
S. Umesh Kanna
Dr. S. Umesh Karma is an Assistant Professor (Forestry) with Forest Biotechnology specialization
working at Department of Tree Breeding, Forest College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural
University, Mettupalayam. He has over 10 years of teaching, research and extension experience and
guided more than 15 research scholars. He was trained in Single Nucleotide Polymorphism and Use of
Molecular Markers in Tree Improvement at University of Melbourne, Australia. He had more than 85
peer reviewed papers, 12 books and 7 book chapters at his credit. He has organized more than 25
capacity building programmes to the various stake holders including line department officials,
researchers, representative from forest based industries, self help groups and farmers. He is currently
involved in the inventory and improvement of alternate High Yielding Short Rotation genetic resources
for forest based industries.
Dr. S. Vennila is borne at the faculty of forestry and currently working as a Assistant Professor at Forest College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Mettupalayam. She
has got 3 books, and more than 25 research papers at her credits which were published in the various peer reviewed national and international journals.
Dr. I. Sekar is a Professor of '~orestry and is,currently heading the Department of Forest Products and
Utilization, Forest College and Research Institute, TNAU, Mettupalayam. He is involved in teaching,
research and extension for the past 18 years. He has got good experience in teaching UG, PG and
Ph.D Programme in Forestry and has guided several M.Sc and Ph.D students. He has handled many
external funded projects funded by Government of India and Tamil Nadu State Forest Department with
special emphasize on wood technology, secondary timber forest product and value addition of forest and
agroforestry residues. He has been trained in wood seasoning and preservation at University of
Melbourne, Australia. He has published more than 5 books and over 70 research papers in forestry
Dr. K. Baranidharan is an Assistant Professor at Forest College and Research Institute, TNAU and has 15 years of experience in teaching, research and extension activities. He has specialized in
mangroves, community forestry and wild life management and handled wild life courses to B.Sc and M.Sc forestry students. He has undertaken several wildlife projects in western ghats and
published 3 books and 16 research papers in various national and international journals.