INSTITUTE OF WOOD SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, BANGALORE
The Government of Mysore had set up a Forest Research Laboratory (FRL) at Bangalore in 1938. In the initial years, work was carried out mainly on properties and uses of different timber species, essential oils, other non-wood forest products and protection of wood and trees from pests and diseases. In 1956, this laboratory was organised as a regional centre of Forest Research Institute and Colleges, Dehra Dun. In 1977, Sandal Research Centre (SRC) was set up to undertake research on wide-ranging aspects of genetics, silviculture and management of sandal, a valuable tree well distributed all over Southern India. In 1977, the marine centres of Wood Preservation Branch, Forest Research Institutes & Colleges, Dehra Dun functioning at Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Goa and Kochi were transferred to Forest Research Laboratory, Bangalore.
In 1988, forestry research in India was reorganised with setting up of the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) and the Forest Research Laboratory was upgraded and named as Institute of Wood Science and Technology (IWST) merging Sandal Research Centre and Minor Forest Products Unit functioning in the same campus, with it. The Institute is mandated to conduct research on wood science and technology as a national objective and focuses its research problems to important forestry research needs of the States of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Goa at a regional level. Taking into consideration the expertise available and contributions made by the Institute, the ICFRE has recognised the Institute as Centre of Advanced Studies in the areas of (a) Improved utilization of wood, (b) Mangrove and coastal ecology and (c) Research on sandal. The focus of research being carried out at IWST is in consonance with and in response to the aims of National Forest Policy in the areas of (i) Utilization of timber and non-timber products and (ii) Increasing productivity. The Institute mainly aims to develop strategies for sustainable use and production of wood and other forest products.
The Institute has a compact campus of 10 hectares in Malleswaram, located in the heart of the city, adjacent to the Indian Institute of Science and Karnataka State Forest Department Headquarter. It houses the main laboratories and workshops with wood processing machineries, timber seasoning and preservation plant, and sophisticated instruments to cater to the needs of research on wood and non-wood products utilization. The Institute has staff strength of 162.
In addition to this, the Institute has Advanced Woodworking Training Center (AWTC) in its premises. It is a joint venture between IWST, Italian Trade Commission (ICE) and Italian Woodworking Machines and Tools Manufacturers Association (ACIMALL). It aims to enhance the quality of Indian wood products manufacturing industries to attain global competitiveness by using the state-of- art machineries from Italy.
VISION, MISSION & MANDATE OF THE INSTITUTE
To attain excellence in forestry and wood science research for generation of desired resource values, uses, products and services in a way that sustains diversity and productivity in an eco-friendly regime.
To generate, preserve, disseminate and advance knowledge, technologies and solutions for addressing issues arising out of interaction between people, forests and environment on a sustained basis through research, education and extension.
To conduct research on wood science and technology as a national objective and focuses its research activities to important forestry research needs of the State of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Goa as regional levels.
Institute of Wood Science and Technology
(Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education)
18th Cross, Malleshwaram
Tel : +91-80-22190100, 200, 555
Fax : +91-80-23340529
For further details, please visit http://iwst.icfre.gov.in