Kundal Academy of Development, Administration and Management (Forest), Maharashtra
Kundal Academy of Development, Administration and Management (Forest) was established by Government of Maharashtra vide its letter No.Est-2012/ Pra.Kra.74/F-9/Mantralaya Mumbai, dated 5th May 2012, upgrading the status of the erstwhile 'Forestry Training School' to 'Kundal Academy of Administration, Development and Management'. This Academy will cater to the training needs of Range Forest Officers (RFOs), Assistant Conservators of Forest (ACFs) and other senior level officers from within and outside the state. The Academy has been declared as a 'District Level Training Institute' under State Training Policy of Maharashtra.
The Academy will provide mandatory training under State Training Policy Evaluation Agency (STPEA), which comprises of Foundation Training, Refresher Courses, Post-Promotional Courses, and Orientation Courses. Special feature of the Academy is to provide exposure and training of para-sailing, para-gliding, rappelling, rock-climbing, skiing and various field management exercises.
Telanga State Forest Academy, Hyderabad
The State Institute of Forestry Training was set up in Dulapally RF Block in 1987. In the year 2001 it was upgraded as Forest Academy. The campus is spread over 75 Ha. There is excellent infrastructure available to train 300 personnel at a time . The Academy provides one year training for Foresters and 6 month training for Forest Guards as well. The 18 month long induction training for Forest Range Officers has been started in this Academy on 5th June 2010. So far 164 FRO Trainees from 11 states have passed out of the Academy,
Currently the 4th Batch of FROs are being trained with a strength of 68 from the 3 States of Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Kerala. For enhancing the effectiveness of training, several innovative practices like seminar project, seminar presentation, weekly feedback, mentor-mentee meeting, night patrolling, tour symposium, jeep driving, term break Range attachment, etc have been introduced. The motto of TS Forest Academy is “We Don’t Train People We Transform Them”.
Uttarakhand Forest Training Academy, Haldwani
Uttarakhand Forestry Training Academy (UFTA) was established in 1979 as a part of Uttar Pradesh Forest Department. Under the management of Uttarakhand Forest Department, the UFTA imparts induction training to Range Officers, Foresters and Forest Guards. It also offers annual and quarterly courses to frontline staff, forest corporation employees, and van panchayat members. It is ideally located at Haldwani, which has train and bus connectivity to other cities like Dehradun, Delhi etc.
The institute has outstanding and sprawling infrastructure with large administrative and academic blocks, guest houses, student hostels, mess, library, playground, interpretation center etc. The library of UFTA is its big asset with an extensive collection of books. The administrative and teaching staff resides in the campus itself, offering students a robust and sound technical and academic support round the clock. The UFTA administration ensures the availability of high end sophisticated gadgets for training purposes so that the students are accustomed to prevalent use of technologies in their fields.
Tamilnadu Forest Academy, Coimbatore
The erstwhile Southern Forest Rangers College, originally known as Madras Forest College, was established in 1912 by Mr. F.A. Lodge, C.I.E., Conservator of Forests, Western Circle, Coimbatore. The Government of India took over the college administration on 1st July 1948. The entire campus (about 195 acres) was handed over to the Government of India on lease for 99 years from 1st July 1952. On 1st April 1955, it was renamed as “Southern Forest Rangers College” (SFRC).
Altogether, SFRC has trained more than 4000 Rangers between 1912 and 1988. The trainees were not only from India but also from Ceylon, Afghanistan, Uganda, Malaya, Ghana, Fiji, Laos, Sierra Leone, British Guyana, etc.
The Government of India, transferred the responsibility of training the Rangers to the concerned State Governments and SFRC was closed on 1.4.1988. The Government of Tamilnadu revived training activities from January 1990. It has developed into a national level training institute, both infrastructure wise and training-quality wise.
Forest Training Institute Gungargatti, Dharwad
Forest training institute, Gungargatti, Dharwad, was established during 1996 to provide in-service training to officers of Karnataka Forest Department and induction training to newly recruited staff. The institution is located at a distance of 12 kms from district head quarters Dharwad on the way to Belgaum, and is just 2 km away from Bangalore – Pune highway (NH-4). The need for establishing this Institute was felt due to changing role of forest officers in a changed scenario in Karnataka where new concepts like social forestry and people participation were making ways in traditional forestry practices as envisaged in the 1988 National Forest Policy.
The Institute addresses the needs of the frontline staff to enable them to effectively communicate with the public and carry out extension activities as envisaged in new forest policies, strategies and projects along with those of the traditional forestry. The construction of the Institute started in 1992 under World Bank aided Social Forestry project. Later the construction was completed in 1996 under Western Ghats project. The training activities were started in the same year.
Forest Training Institute Sunder Nagar, Himachal Pradesh
Forestry Training Centre, Sundernagar was established in September,1993, for training Front Line staff (FLS) of Forest Department in forestry and related disciplines. Forestry Training Institute,
Sundernagar, is situated at an altitude of 1000 meters above the mean sea level near Van Chetana Kendra DPF Trambari Karnody. It covers an area of 1.2 hectare and is about 6 kms from Sundernagar Bus Stand on National Highway- 21. (Chandigarh-Manali Highway).