Wildlife Institute of India


The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) at Dehradun was established in 1982 to train government and non-government personnel and conduct research on conservation and management of wildlife resources. It was granted autonomy in April 1986.

Programs at Wildlife Institute of India are field based, combining biological, socio-economic and human aspects. Research projects keep the faculty acquainted with current field situations and emerging technologies.

WII partakes in institutional building, faculty development, infusion of modern technology and creation of a scientific infrastructure in collaboration with national and international wildlife organizations, scientific institutions and universities.

Courses offered by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) of Dehradun are:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Wildlife Management (9 months): It offers training in wildlife conservation and skills appropriate to current conservation situations and needs.

  • Certificate Course In Wildlife (3 months)- It equips in-service Forest Range Officers for practical tasks in the administration and management of national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and zoological gardens, besides wildlife outside protected areas.

  • Short Courses (1-3 weeks)- Short courses and workshops have specific themes and techniques relating to wildlife conservation and management.

The research agenda at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in Dehradun is determined by the Training, Research Advisory Committee (TRAC) consisting of well-known conservationists, academicians and representatives of scientific and state wildlife organizations.

Research candidates need an M.Sc in Botany/ Zoology/ Forestry/ Life Science/ Experimental Biology/ Environmental/ Biological/ Wildlife Science, or M.A. in Social Science / Economics / Anthropology / Geography / Political Science, with a minimum of 55%.

Selection of Junior Research Fellows is through a written test followed by an interview. Candidates who have passed the National Entrance Test (NET) only have to attend the interview.

Countries in south and south-east Asia regularly send personnel to training programs at the Wildlife Institute of India at Dehradun, confirming its status as an important center for training and education in wildlife management and conservation.

Last Updated on 14 March 2013