41st Post-Graduate Diploma Course in Advanced Wildlife Management (September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020)


Wildlife Institute of India

The Institute is a nodal national agency for research and training in the field of wildlife conservation. Its mandate includes generating quality knowledge in wildlife science and complement national efforts in wildlife conservation. Over the years it has served the capacity building needs for scientific planning, management and research in the field of wildlife conservation both in country and the region.

Course Background   

Conservation of biological diversity through establishment and management of Protected Areas (PAs) is globally recognized.  It is also important that such PAs  are managed as component of the landscape complex in which they are located.  Management of protected area network therefore requires personnel with appropriate knowledge and skills in managing the wilderness areas along with all associated external factors operating on it.  With a view to develop  a pool of professionals with requisite ability to manage protected area system, a Post-Graduate Diploma Course in Advanced Wildlife Management was started in the year 1977. Thirty nine such courses have been completed till date and 40th course is near completion. The 41st course of 10 month duration is scheduled to commence on 1st September,  2019. The total intake in the program is 20.

Course Objectives

  • Provide a foundation on modern concepts in wildlife science and practice.

  • Provide  an  understanding  of  the  relevant  global,  regional,  national  and  state level conservation policies and legislation and enforcement.

  • Provide knowledge and first-hand experience of conservation issues and practices under varied  ecological,  socio-economic,  political  and  administrative  situations  in  the  field including  the  vulnerability  of  species  of  wild plants  and  animals  and their protection. 

  • Provide hands-on experience in  using modern scientific methods,  techniques  and  tools that are  essential contributors  to  conservation  practices in the  field. 

  • Develop skills of  writing scientific documents and making persuasive presentations.

  • Develop skills for preparation of an integrated scientific wildlife management  plan.

  • Prepare  the  participant  for addressing various  conservation  challenges   in  managing protected area network. 


The course is meant for in-service Indian Forest Service and State Forest Service Officers of the rank of Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF)/Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF) and equivalent.  Candidates should possess a background of Forestry training with a minimum of Bachelor's degree in any of the natural sciences.

It also accommodates officers working in National Parks/Wildlife Sanctuaries and universities of India and foreign nationals including SAARC countries having minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry/Natural Resource Management (NRM) with proficiency in English.

Candidates should be physically fit and not more than 45 years of age as on September 1, 2018. In exceptional cases, Director, WII may relax the age limit subject to physical fitness.

Admission to the Course

Indian Nationals

State Forest Departments may nominate forest officers of the rank of DCF/ACF who meet the eligibility criteria. The curriculum-vitae along with passport details are required to be filled-in the prescribed form attached herewith and sent to Institute with the endorsement of the competent authority in the state government.

Foreign Nationals 

The Institute also accepts nominations of foreign nationals who may be self sponsored or sponsored by an organization viz. Global Tiger Forum (GTF) or any other agency such as Research Institute/University.

Course Component 

Duration of the course is 10  months commencing from 1st September 2019  to 30th June 2020. The course is divided into 04 sub-components as follows:






Conservation Biology

1st September to 28th September, 2019


Tools and Techniques for Conserving Wildlife

29th September to 21st December, 2019


Advanced Wildlife Management Practices

22nd December 2019 to 22nd April, 2020


Integrated Wildlife Management Planning

23rd April to 30th June, 2020

The broad outline of the course structure includes the following components:

1. Conservation Biology – Advanced wildlife ecology and behaviour; 

2.  Tools and Techniques for Conserving Wildlife -  Applied Population Ecology, Wildlife Health Management, Restraint and Immobilization of Wild Animals, Application of Remote Sensing and GIS in Wildlife Management, Ecodevelopment Tools, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment;

3. Advanced Wildlife Management Practices – Policies and Laws in Wildlife Management : Prosecution of Wildlife Offences, Management of Wetlands and Coastal Habitats, Captive Management, Principles & Practices of Wildlife and PA Management, Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management and Conflict Resolution, Ecodevelopment Planning for Biodiversity Conservation, Visitor Use Management and Interpretive Planning; 

4.  Integrated Wildlife Management Planning

Field Tours:

(I) Orientation Tour,  (ii) High Altitude Techniques Tour, (iii) Techniques Tour, (iv) Management Tour,  (v) Management Term Paper Exercise, and (vi)  Management Plan Exercise

In addition, field visits to nearby Protected Areas/Institutions/Organizations/Zoos are also organized from time to time during the period of training.

A study tour to an overseas country will also be organized by WII as a part of the Management Tour.  Indian and foreign nationals joining the course must be in possession of their valid passports.


Participation in all components of the course, tours, excursions, lectures, practical sessions, examinations, group discussions and symposia etc is compulsory.  In addition, officer trainees are required to successfully complete the term paper and management plan exercises for award of Diploma.  In the event of non-participation in any of the above-mentioned activities, award of Diploma to the concerned candidate may be withheld till completion of the assignment in the subsequent Diploma Course.

Award of Diploma:

The Diploma will be awarded only to those candidates who secure a minimum of 50% marks in each of the modules.  Honours Diploma will be awarded to those who secure an aggregate average of 75% or more marks.  Those who fail to qualify for the award of the Diploma will be given a Certificate of Attendance only.

Training Cost:

Indian candidates:

This is a paid course and cost of the Indian trainees is Rs. 11,00,000/- (Rupees Eleven lacs only) and this cost will be borne by the concerned State Government/sponsoring agency/participant. The expenses will include boarding and lodging for the entire duration of the course as well as to & fro travel fare (while joining and returning from place of posting) as per WII TA Rules, field tours, field  equipment, camping gear, resource material etc. For the duration of the training, the medical bill reimbursement will be made by the respective State Governments, as per prevailing State rules. WII will sponsor upto 5 candidates from North-East states based on first come first serve basis.

SAARC Countries candidates - Cost of training will be Rs. 12,30,900/- (Rupees Twelve lacs thirty thousand nine hundred only) which includes boarding and lodging during the course as well as to & fro travel fare (while joining and returning from place of posting) as per WII TA Rules, field tours, field  equipment, camping gear, resource material etc.

Other foreign nationals:

Cost of training for foreign candidate (other than SAARC country) will be US $ 22,550 (excluding training allowance and to & fro travel expenses). The training and /or out of pocket allowance and to and fro fare to join this course would be borne by the Sponsoring Agency. The Sponsoring Agencies are advised to ensure that the sponsored candidates are insured comprehensively for any medical treatment for the duration of the training. Boarding & lodging for the entire duration of the course is included in the training cost.

Travelling and camping, field gear/equipment, stationery, books/study material and hostel accommodation would be provided to all participants.

A bank draft of the above amount should be sent in the favour of the Director, Wildlife Institute of India payable at Dehra Dun at the time of admission by the sponsored candidates. The course fee can also be remitted by bank transfer. 


Boarding and lodging facilities in the hostel will be provided by the Institute. Officer trainees would be actively involved in managing the mess.


The nominations of the foreign  and Indian candidates duly completed in all respects should be addressed to Dr. Parag Nigam, Course Director (email: nigamp [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in) with a copy to  Dr. G.S. Rawat, Dean, Faculty of Wildlife Sciences (email: dean [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in) latest by 15th July,  2019.

For further details, please contact

Dr. Parag Nigam, Scientist-F
Course Director
41st P.G. Diploma Course in Advanced Wildlife Management
Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani,  Dehradun – 248 001 (Uttarakhand, INDIA)
Phone : +91–135–2646219 / 2646100, 2640114, 2646115; Fax :+ 91–135–2640117
Website : www.wii.gov.in  E-mail : nigamp [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in

Dr. P.K. Malik, Scientist - G
Co-Course Director
41st P.G. Diploma Course in Advanced Wildlife Management
Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani,  Dehradun – 248 001 (Uttarakhand, INDIA)
Phone : +91–135–2646204 / 2646100, 2640114, 2646115; Fax :+ 91–135–2640117
Website : www.wii.gov.in  E-mail : malikpk [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in

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