Forest Training Institute and Rangers College (FTI&RC), Sundernagar, Himachal Pradesh
Forestry Training Institute and Rangers College (FTI & RC), Sundernagar, Himachal Pradesh conducts Induction training of Forest Guards and Range Forest Officers and refresher courses to in-service Forest Personnel. The institute started training Forest Guards in 1993 and since then 31 batches of Forest Guards have passed out. Similarly, in the year 2012, the institute was empanelled for conducting 18 months certificate course for Range Forest Officers through DFE, Dehradun and 4 batches comprising of 135 RFOs have passed out. Besides the regular training courses, tailor made refresher training courses on Forestry and Wildlife related subjects for serving Forest Front-line Staff, Ministerial Staff and Officers of different rank are conducted.
FTI&RC, Sundernagar is situated at an altitude of 1000 meters above the mean sea level near Van Chetana Kendra DPF TrambariKarnody. It covers an area of 1.2 ha and is about 6 kms from Sundernagar bus stand on National Highway-21 (Chandigarh-Manali Highway).
Gujarat Forest Rangers College (GFRC), Rajpipla, Gujarat
Gujarat Forest Rangers College has been established in 1979 with as objective of Training Range Forest Officers from different states of the country. This college is in a campus known as Vadia Palace presently in Rajpipla Ta. Nandod, Dist. Narmada, Gujarat. The palace was built by the then King of Rajpipla Late Shri Vijaysinhji Gohil. After Independence, this property was sold to Government of Bombay, which subsequently became Government of Gujarat after 1960. The total area of Vadia Palace is around 64.08 ha out which the GFRC occupies the area of 56.08 ha and 8.00 ha is occupied by government Ayurvedic pharmacy.
The First batch of Range Forest officer trainees underwent the basic training during 1979-81 with strength of 31 trainees and in subsequent batches 564 Range Forest Officers took training in 17 different batches. The college has trained Officer Trainees from a total of 12 states and 1 UT. The alumni of this college are spread over Uttar Pradesh, Nagaland, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and U.T. of Diu and Daman and Dadra Nagar Haveli.
The college also has imparted training to 341 VanpalSahayak (Assistant Forester) and 465 VanrakshaSahayak (Guard Assistant) so far. The college also conducted short- and long-term courses, and frontline staff training. The college has also conducted periodical trainings for surveyors, clerks and accountants of the Department.
The college also has different facilities in form of Classrooms, Conference room, Library, Computer lab, Sports ground, Hostel and Guesthouse. The college is also having facility of Virtual Class rooms through Video conferencing for connecting with experts in different fields to interact with trainees on various occasions. Training in the field of Weapons, Motor Mechanics, and First aid have also been imparted.
Faculties for training have been selected from among serving and retired senior Forest Officers as well as from selected institutions such as MS University, Baroda and Navsari Agriculture University etc. Few other institutes / departments have also been involved like Coast Guard, Special Task Force of Tamil Nadu Police, Gujarat Police, WII, etc. with intent to provide quality inputs to the trainees.
Karnataka State Forest Academy (KSFA), Gungaragatti, Dharwad
The erstwhile Forest Training Institute, Gungaragatti, Dharwad, established in 1996, has been upgraded to Karnataka State Forest Academy (KSFA), Dharwad. The construction of the Institute started in 1992 under World Bank aided social forestry project and was completed in 1996 under Western Ghats project. It was established as a Forest Training Institute in the year 1996 with the aim to provide in-service training to officers of Karnataka Forest Department and induction training to newly recruited staff. Located at a distance of 12 km from district headquarters Dharwad, the campus is spread over an area of 42.16 ha.
In January 2015, Government of India approved the proposal for setting up RFO Academy at FTI, Gungaragatti, Dharwad and it was upgraded to the status of Forest Academy and renamed Karnataka State Forest Academy, Dharwad and received accreditation and recognition by the DFE as one of the Training Institutions in the country for imparting forestry training to Range Officers.
Kundal Academy of Development, Administration and Management (KADAM), (Forests), Kundal, Maharashtra
KADAM (Forests), Kundal, Maharashtra is one of the premiere institutes in the country which imparts the training various cadres of the Forest Department and other Government Departments. Initially it was started as Forest Training Institute on 15th August 2013 vide Government of Maharashtra. Revenue and Forest Department Government Resolution dated 24/06/2011.
The academy was given autonomous status by the Government of Maharashtra Revenue Forest Department Resolution dated 07/02/2014. The State Forestry Training Society is formed and which is registered under Mumbai charitable trust Act 1950 and Society Act. 1860.
The Academy has Administration Building, Training Institute, Mess and Gym Building, Executive Hostel, Boys Hostel and Ladies Hostel. The academy has eight classrooms which has the seating capacity of 552 and 3 computer labs with 136 capacity. There are six hostels in which 300 trainees can be accommodated. Recently the grants for construction of separate Executive hostel with 175 capacity was received and the work is in progress.
The academy is well equipped with Cardiac Gym, regular exercises Gym and separate Ladies gym. There are good playing facilities like Badminton Court, Snooker, Table tennis, Lawn tennis court. 50 bicycles are made available for the trainees which acts as a source of recreation and exercise for all the trainees trained here.
The campus is well protected and security is maintained by Maharashtra Ex. Servicemen corporation Ltd. (MESCO). The lust green garden lawns Sahyadri biological Park, Bamboo setum, Miyawaki plantations are some of the landmarks that glorify the campus.The separate visiting medical officer is available in the academy for routine medical check-up of the trainees.
Odisha Forest Rangers College (OFRC), Angul
Odisha Forest Rangers College, Angul has been established in the year 1979 in Angul district of Odisha to impart training to the newly recruited Forest Ranger of Odisha and other states like Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Andaman and Nicobar Island, Assam, Mizoram, Arunachala Pradesh and Nagaland. This is the premier Forest Training institute situated in the heart of Odisha proximity to deep forests, wildlife sanctuaries and a tiger reserve which helps to impart classroom training and exposure visits simultaneously to the trainees. The state-run college is controlled by the Director Forest Education, Dehradun in respect of all matters related to the course of studies and imparting training to the trainees. Total 430 Forest Ranger Trainees have been trained in 15 (fifteen) batches from this institution from 1979 till 1994-96. From 1996 to 2017 no Forest Rangers Training course has been conducted. But during March, 2018 permission was accorded by Director Forest Education, Dehradun for conducting Induction training of 111 nos. FRO Trainees of Odisha State.
Tamil Nadu Forest Academy (TNFA), Coimbatore
Having evolved from the erstwhile Madras Forest College at Coimbatore which has a hoary past and history of over 108 years, the Tamil Nadu Forest Academy has grown and reckoned as one of the premier institutions of the country conducting In-service and Induction Training for Forest Personnel from Forest Watchers to IFS Officers; Over the last 10 years of its existence, the Academy has moulded and equipped many batches of forest officials with professional knowledge and skills required for them to discharge their duties as professional foresters.
Since inception, this institution has trained about 54 ACF's, 5294 Range Forest Officers, 1587 Foresters, and 593 Forest Guards under regular Induction trainings and more than 5000 Forest Personnel including ministerial staff under various theme - based trainings.
Telangana State Forest Academy (TSFA), Hyderabad
The training institution was established in 1926 at Nizamabad with an objective to train Forest Guards. Subsequently, it was shifted to Mahabubabad during the year 1928. It was upgraded with capacity to train Foresters during the year 1930. The training centre was again shifted to Yellendu during the year 1949 by developing the infrastructure and it was started catering to the training needs of Andhra region also.
However, during the year 1987 a State Institute of Forestry Training (SIFT) was established at Dulapally with an objective to give training to the field staff to enhance the skills commensurate with the changing technology and methods. It was renamed as AP Forest Academy during the year 2001 and the Foresters' training was shifted from Forest School Yellendu.
The AP Forest Academy has been catering to the training needs of both newly recruited (induction) and in-service staff (refresher) of forest department. The Forest Guards (FG) training was also shifted to APFA during the year 2006 with a view to provide better training facilities and academic inputs through renowned resource persons. During the year 2014, after bifurcation of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh state, and formation of Telangana state, the Academy is renamed asTelangana State Forest Academy (TSFA).
Uttarakhand Forestry Training Academy (UFTA), Haldwani, Uttarakhand
UFTA, Haldwani is one of the premier Institutions under Uttarakhand Forest Department, with a distinction of imparting wide array of training to wide spectrum of candidates. It was established in 1978 as a part of Uttar Pradesh Forest Department.
Since its inception, UFTA has accomplished milestones of enormous magnitude and is ranked amongst the top Forestry Training Institutes of India. Under the administration and management of Uttarakhand Forest Department, the UFTA imparts induction training to Range Officers, Foresters and Forest Guards. It also offers quarterly courses to frontline staff and Forest corporation employees. It is ideally located at Haldwani, district Nainital (Uttarakhand) which has train and bus connectivity to other parts of country.
The administration of the academy is headed by an officer of the Indian Forest Services (IFS), of the rank of Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF). one Additional Director(CF), few Deputy Directors, both from Indian Forest Services as well as Provincial Forest Service, and Assistant Directors and Forest Range Officers serve under him for the smooth functioning of administrative as well as academic works of the academy. Apart from these, academy has some other faculty members for imparting training to the trainees. Team of clerical staff, Foresters and Forest Guards carry out other day to day activities of the academy.
The institute has outstanding and sprawling infrastructure with large administrative and academic block, guest houses, and hostels for boys and girl's trainees, mess, library, playground, interpretation centre, gymnasium and auditorium etc. The library of UFTA has possessed big asset with an extensive collection of books. The administrative and teaching staffs resides in the campus itself, offering student a robust and sound technical and academic support round the clock. The UFTA administration ensures the availability of high and sophisticated gadgets for the training purpose so that the students are accustomed to prevalent use of technologies in their fields.