The mandate of the Institute includes:
Research on all aspects of production of sawn timber, manufacturing plywood and other allied engineered and reconstituted wood and lignocellulosic products, including improvement of materials, manufacturing processes, machines and appliances, time and motion studies – conditions of work standards in factories.
Training in connection with forest product utilization for plywood industry and trade and allied industries. Imparting technical education and/or training at undergraduate, postgraduate, and/or any other level in technology of agro and forests products, adhesives and laminates, and/or synthetic finishing, manufacturing machinery.
Inspection, Testing and Certification of all forest products viz. plywood, wood, timber, hardboard, particleboard, chipboard, furniture, glue-lam, compreg, doors, panel doors, block board, flush doors, veneered panels, veneers, laminated panels, composite boards, and the products of allied trade and industry.
Extension includes transfer of technology for commercialization, entrepreneur development, information dissemination through research / technical reports, quarterly newsletter, participation in exhibition, seminars, conferences, workshop, Scientists visit to the industry to assist in process and product development.