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Department of PG Studies and Research in Wild Life Management

The Department of Studies in Wildlife and Management was started during the year 2003. The Department offers M.Sc., and Ph.D courses in Wildlife and Management. The course content is designed to cover all aspects of Wildlife and management and practical orientation for wildlife conservation methods. The M.Sc.,and Ph.D programme in Wildlife and Management aims to produce well-trained biologists and conservation practitioners who will retain their passion for wild places and a sense of purpose to conserve them. We provide our students a strong foundation of science that will help them design, implement and monitor a range of ecological studies and conservation projects. To develop these capabilities, our students learn about wildlife science and conservation through a multi-disciplinary process. They are trained in fundamental ecology, project design skills and technical tools required to carry out scientific studies. As future conservationists they need to expose to the historical, social, economic, legal and political contexts that underlie the conservation process. In addition, we also teach effective communication using a variety of media, conflict resolution, and problem-solving skills, to deal with real life conservation issues. The department also inviting accomplished scientists regularly from various prestigious Government and private institutions to deliver special lectures in order to encourage and motivate the students to take up research programmes. The students who have successfully completed the course have been working in various capacities in Karnataka State Forest Department, Research institutions, NGO's and Universities. During the past 14 years of existence, the Department has successfully completed one major and one minor research projects funded by UGC, New Delhi. Department produced 09 Ph.Ds, 01 M.Phil and published more than 70 research papers in various refereed/peer reviewed journals. Presently 07 students are pursuing Ph.D.


Programms Offered

Sl No Programmes Nature & Duration Eligibility Intake
1 M.Sc., CBCS - Semester Scheme (4 Semesters) Any Science graduate / B.Sc., Degree in Agriculture / Forestry/Fisheries/veterinary OR Engineering graduates who have studied Botany/Zoology/ Biology at + 2 or pre-university college level. 20+4
2 M.Phil., One Year M.Sc Degree
3 Ph.D Three Years Minimum M.Sc. Degree.


Dr. Vijaya Kumara

Year of Establishment



Department of PG Studies & Research in Wild Life Management
Kuvempu University
Jnanasahyadri, Shankaraghatta-577451
Shimoga Dist., Karnataka State, INDIA
+91(0)8282 256263

Teaching Faculty of Wild Life Management in Kuvempu University

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    Dr. Vijaya Kumara Professor

    Qualification:M.Sc., Ph.D,
    Area of Specialisation: Wetland Ecology, Habitat Ecology, Wildlife Conservation

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    Dr. Harisha M N Guest Lecturer

    Qualification:M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.,,
    Area of Specialisation: Ornithology, Animal Systematic, Animal Physiology, Mammalogy,

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    Dr. Pramod A F Guest Lecturer

    Qualification:M.Sc., PGDMP. Ph.D., ,
    Area of Specialisation: Wetland Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Biodiversity, Plant Systematic, Animal Ethology.

Research Project of Wild Life Management in Kuvempu University

Sl No Title Funding Agency Principal Investigator Co-Investigator Amount Status
1 Ecological studies on wetland ecosystem of Bhadra wildlife sanctuary, Mid Western Ghat region, Karnataka UGC, New Delhi Dr. Vijaya Kumara - 9400000 completed
2 Ecological Studies on some wetlands of Bhadra wildlife Sanctuary Kuvempu University Dr. Vijaya Kumara - 38000 completed
3 Peoples Biodiversity Registers of Grampachayaths of Bhadravathi taluk, Karnataka Karnataka Biodiversity Board Dr. Vijaya Kumara, Co-ordinator - 600000 completed
4 Human-Elephant conflicts in coffee based agroforestry systems in Chikmagalure district, Karnataka state VISION GROUP ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology & Science & Technology, Govt. of Karnataka Dr. Vijaya Kumara nil 2000000 ongoing (September 2018 to August 2020)
Sl No Faculty Name of the Supervisor Name of the Ph.D. Scholar with Aadhaar number/Photo ID Mode of Ph.D. Registration Number Date of Registration Research Topic Likely date of completion of Ph.D Availing Fellowship Funding Agency of Fellowship
1 Science Dr. Vijaya Kumara Mr. Harsha P.S Full Time 06 2022-07-12 A Study on stability of Tiger Populations in protected areas of South Karnataka, with specific focus on the protected zone and the surrounding areas, in relation with Human-Wildlife conflicts 2025-07-01 NO -
2 Science Dr. Vijaya Kumara Mr. Karthik N.J Full Time 07 2022-07-12 Population, Breeding Phenology, and Factors affecting Breeding success of River Tern (Sterna aurantia) in Islands of Bhadra Tiger Reserve 2025-07-11 YES NFST, UGC
3 Science Dr. Vijaya Kumara Miss. Asha B.S Full Time 323/05-04-2016 2016-04-01 Ecological studies on four-horned Antelope ( Tetracerus quadricornis) At Rangayyanadurga Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka. 2020-01-01 YES Rajivgandhi Fellowship for SC students, UGC New Delhi
4 Science Dr. Vijaya Kumara Mrs. Ashwini, R Part Time 324/05-04-2016 2016-04-01 Studies on avifauna as bioindicators of forest habitat at Bannerghatta National Park, Bengaluru 2021-01-01 NO -
5 Science Dr. Vijaya Kumara Vinay Kumar, C Adhaar No: 384082739403 Full Time 391 2018-09-11 yet to be approved by BOS 2022-09-11 YES Ph.D Fellowship by backward class department, Govt. Of Karnataka
6 Science Dr. Vijaya Kumara Mr. Dhananjay R Full Time 392 2017-09-11 Studies on Ecobiology of Smoth-Coated Otter (Lutrogale Perspicillata) in Tungabhadra river system, Karnataka 2023-07-30 YES OBC Junior research fellowship, from Govt of Karnataka
7 Science Dr. Vijaya Kumara Shridhar Devaru Bhat Part Time 393 2017-09-11 yet to be approved by BOS, 2021-09-11 NO -
8 Science Dr. Vijaya Kumara Mr. Chethan K.V Part Time 884 2021-09-02 Ecological study on selected urban wetlands of Shivamogga, With special reference to faunal diversity. 2025-09-01 YES -
9 Science Dr. Vijaya Kumara Mrs. Roshini A.J Part Time 885 2021-09-02 Study on Human-Wildlife conflicts and mitigation measures amidist Agriculture dominated Landscape with special reference to Tiger & Elephants in Kodagu District, Karnataka 2025-09-01 YES nil