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. N. Krishnakumar is borne at the faculty of Forestry and is currently working as a Forest Range Officer (Trainee) in the Tamil Nadu Forest Department. He is specialized in tree breeding and involved in varietal development programme of Thornless bamboos and Sandalwood. He is a recipient of Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship and has published 3 books and several research papers in the journals of national and international repute.