The Forestry scenario in the country has witnessed significant changes during the last two decades. As a result, foresters need to possess a different set of skills to manage forests for their multiple functions. The Directorate of Forest Education is trying to enhance capacities expected out of modern foresters, which have to be in tune with the emerging societal and governance conditions.
The Directorate of Forest Education is primarily engaged in conduct of induction and in-service training for SFS Officers /FROs and is also supporting in-service training for Forest Frontline Staff (Dy. Rangers/Foresters/ Forest Guards).
We are now concentrating on revision of Entrance and Training Rules 2004 for State Forest Service and Forest Range Officers to conform to the incorporation of new developments in new National Working Plan Code 2014 like Forest Rights, Climate Change, use of geo spatial techniques, biodiversity, criteria and indicators for sustainable management of forests.
Improved training design and development of course materials on the basis of Systematic Approach to Training (SAT) is another area of focus of the Directorate. Faculty members as well as Forest officers from senior SFS batches participating in service workshops have been involved in brainstorming sessions leading to preparation of field oriented training modules and improvement of existing training syllabus.
A campaign has been initiated to inculcate reading and writing habits amongst officer trainees as well as serving foresters of state forest departments through a new popular educational journal named "FIELD FORESTER". The journal promises to be a medium for "Voices from the Field" ensuring that this knowledge reaches a wider community of scientists, experts and people with an abiding interest in forests.
An alumni forum is also being planned in the future, which would act as an active platform for interchange of ideas, knowledge and experiences amongst forest officers trained out of the various training institutions under the Directorate.
With several initiatives on the offing, I am happy to compile and release the annual report of the Directorate. I would like to appreciate and sincerely commend the efforts of the heads and faculty members of all the Central Academies and the State Forest Training Institutes in building capacities of forestry personnel and I wish them all the best in their noble training endeavors.