General Refresher Course
The General Refresher Course is designed in a way to refresh the professional skills of the in-service officers and also to help them keep abreast of the latest developments and changes in the sector at all levels including regional, national and international issues e.g. protected Area management, biodiversity conservation, global warming etc in forestry and related disciplines. This two week course is generally recommended for promotee officers to the SFS or FRO cadres. Two General Refresher Courses were organized for the State Forest Service Officers at Central Academy for State Forest Service, Dehradun and Central Academy for State Forest Service, Coimbatore. Fourteen officers from the states of Chattisgarh (01), Gujarat (02), Haryana (01), Himachal Pradesh (04), Jammu and Kashmir (02), Maharashtra (03) and Uttar Pradesh (01) participated in the training at CASFOS Dehradun from 8.9.2014 to 19.9.2014. Eight officers from the states of Kerala (04), Maharashtra (01), Chattisgarh (01) and Tamilnadu (02) participated in the training at CASFOS Coimbatore from 8.12.2014 to 19.12.2014.
One General Refresher Course was organized for the Forest Range Officers at Central Academy for State Forest Service, Burnihat from 8.9.2014 to 19.9.2014. Eight officers from Assam (03), Meghalaya (02), Arunachal Pradesh (01), Nagaland (01) and Uttarakhand (01) participated in the course.
Legal Issues in Forestry and Wildlife
The ever-increasing population is bringing pressure on space and resources of mega cities. The smaller towns have also started feeling the pinch. The forests, its resources and wildlife are no exception to this phenomenon. Often, violation of various provisions of Acts, Rules and Regulations governing forests, protected areas, wildlife, etc., are seen and they are showing an increasing trend. Apart from prevention and early detection of various forest and wildlife offences it is also imperative to achieve the maximum penalty on the offenders. Ultimately, effective prosecution of offences in present and as in the past, is the biggest deterrent for future offenders. This scenario is throwing open a challenge before the personnel manning the forests and wildlife to upgrade and update their legal knowledge and acumen. These aspects including knowledge, skills and right interpretation of extant Acts, Rules and Procedures have been kept in view while preparing this course.
Two courses on Legal Issues in Forestry and wildlife were conducted for SFS officers. Fourteen officers from the states of Haryana (02), Gujarat (02), Chattisgarh (01), Himachal Pradesh (03), Maharashtra (03), Rajasthan (02) and Uttarakhand (01) participated in this course at CASFOS, Dehradun from 14.7.2014 to 19.7.2014. Seven officers from the states of Kerala (04), Maharashtra (02) and Gujarat (01) participated in this course at CASFOS, Coimbatore during July, 2014. Seven Range Forest Officers from the states of Assam (04), Meghalaya (02) and Mizoram (01) attended the Legal Issues in Forest and Wildlife course at the Central Academy for State Forest Service, Burnihat from 16.6.2014 to 21.6.2014.
Training of Trainers
There is an ever-emerging challenge of capacity building of the trainers who join the State Forest Training Institutes from organization postings. It is proposed to respond to this need of Training of Trainers with a systematic approach to training which has been spearheaded by the Department of Personnel & Training of the Government of India, for more than two decades now. The success of training depends upon identification of training needs to make it demand-driven, scientifically design suitable demands of change, deliver effectively with learner-centered approach and monitor/evaluate for further valueaddition. In addition, Mentoring and Facilitation has become an integral part of functioning. All these aspects and latest trends in training have been kept in view while preparing this course.
Thirteen officers from the states of Chattisgarh (01), Maharashtra (03), Haryana (01), Himachal Pradesh (03), Madhya Pradesh (02), Rajasthan (02) and Uttarakhand (01) attended this training at Central Academy for State Forest Service, Dehradun, from 21.7.2014 to 26.7.2014.
Eleven officers from the states of Chattisgarh (02), Gujarat (01), Karnataka (01), Kerala (04), Maharashtra (02) and Tamil Nadu (01) attended this training at Central Academy for State Forest Service, Coimbatore from 4.8.2014 to 9.8.2014.
Central Academy for State Forest Service, Burnihat organized a Training of Trainers Course for 9 Forest Range officers from four states Assam (03), Bihar (02), Meghalaya (02) and Tripura (02) from 23.6.2014 to 28.6.2014.
Human Resource Management
For achieving effective management of the forest resources, one of the important issues to be analyzed is existing Human Resource capabilities and how to build upon them. The performance in Forest Departments of the states depends on the collective contributions of all the officers/ officials. The approach for capacity building of the forestry personnel for protection, conservation and sustainable management of forest resources, using appropriate technology at the same time developing an attitude of working with and for the poor, helping to build consensus for the new strategy of working with the stakeholders, is required to be institutionalized. It involves judicious use of authority and keeping the workforce motivated for the effective management of resources.
Fifteen State Forest Service officers from Chattisgarh (02), Himachal Pradesh (02), Madhya Pardesh (03), Punjab (02), Rajasthan (02), Uttarakhand (02) and Uttar Pradesh-02 attended this course at Central Academy for State Forest Service, Dehradun, from 3.10.2014 to 18.10.2014.
Eleven State Forest Service officers from Chattisgarh (01), Goa (02), Karnataka (04), Maharashtra (03) and Tamil Nadu (01) attended this course at Central Academy for State Forest Service, Coimbatore, from 15.9.2014 to 20.9.2014.
One HRM course for Forest Range Officers was organised by Central Academy for State Forest Service, Burnihat, from 21.7.2014 to 26.7.2014. Ten officers from Assam (03), Meghalaya (05) and Nagaland (02) participated in the course.
Wild Life Management
The ever increasing human population is mounting pressure on natural resources including forests and wildlife since long. It is of paramount importance to conserve and sustain the wildlife for the existence of mankind. Through it is very difficult to envisage co-existence of man and animal in present socio-economic human controlled environment, but exclusive domain of wild life can be maintained by minimizing the human interference in these natural ecosystems.
One training on Wildlife Management was organised at Central Academy for State Forest Service, Dehradun, from 4.8.2014 to 9.8.2014 which was attended by 14 SFS officers from the states of Chattisgarh (03), Gujarat (02), Himachal Pradesh (02), Madhya Pradesh (02), Maharashtra (01), Rajasthan (01) and Uttarakhand (03).
At the Central Academy for State Forest Service, Burnihat, seven Range Forest Officers from the states of Assam (04), Mizoram (01), Meghalaya (01 )and Arunachal Pradesh (01) attended a training on Wildlife Management from 23.6.2014 to 28.6..2014.
Community Forestry and Joint Forest Management
The importance of the social dimension of forestry in today’s world need not be overtly emphasized. With human population exploding across the globe, the pressure on forests for meeting the needs of fuel wood, fodder, timber and increasingly land has proportionately expanded. The stresses on natural ecosystems due to anthropogenic pressure have assumed dimensions of war not struggle for survival for the natural ecosystems and its myriad inhabitants. A recognition of the human dimension of forestry led to the implementation of Social and community forestry programmes in the 1970s and 80s. A further recognition of the people’s rights on forests and their role in forestry came in the form of Joint Forest Management (JFM) resolution in 1991.
Two courses were organised on this theme for State Forest Service officers at CASFOS, Dehradun and CASFOS, Coimbatore. Eleven SFS officers from Chattisgarh (01), Himachal Pradesh (03), Madhya Pradesh (01), Punjab (02), Rajasthan (01) and Uttarakhand (03) attended the same at Central Academy for State Forest Service, Dehradun from 22.9.2014 to 27.09.2014. Seven SFS officers from Gujarat (01), TamilNadu (01), Kerala (02), Andhra Pradesh (01) and Maharashtra (02) attended the same at Central Academy for State Forest Service, Coimbatore, from 10.11.2014 to 15.11.2014..
One training was organized for Ranger Forest Officers at Central Academy for State Forest Service, Burnihat 22.9.2014 to 27.9.2014, which was attended by 15 officers from Bihar (02), Chattisgarh (01), Arunachal Pradesh (02), Meghalaya (03), Mizoam (01), Nagaland (01), Sikkim (02), Tripura (01) and Orissa (02).
Courses and Workshops for Frontline Staff
The detail of two week refresher courses for frontline staff and workshops conducted through State Forestry Training are as ahead:
|Sl. No||State||Name of Institute||No. of courses/workshops Conducted||Total No. of Participants|
|1.||Assam||i) Assam Forest School, Jalukbari
ii) Assam Forest Guard School, Makum
|2.||Andaman & Nicobar||Forest Training School, Wimberlygunj, Andaman||2||45|
|3.||Andhra Pradesh||Andhra Pradesh Forest Academy, Dulapally, Hyderabad||1 + 2 (W/S)||21 +43|
|4.||Arunachal Pradesh||Arunachal Pradesh Forest Training
Institute, Roing, Lower Dibang Valley
|5.||Himachal Pradesh||i) Forest Training Center, Sundernagar, Distt. Mandi
ii) Forest Training School, Chail, Distt. Solan
|4 + 1 (W/S)||96 +19|
|6.||Karnataka||Forest Training Institute, Gungarghatti, P.O. Mummi Gatti, Dharwar||3||75|
|7.||Maharashtra||i) Forest Guard Training School,
Shahapur, District Thane
ii) Dada Shaheb Chowdary Forestry Training Institute (Jalgaon)
iii) Maharashtra Forest Rangers College, Distt. Amravati, Chikhaldara
iv) Forest Guard Training School, Jalna
|8.||Mizoram||Forest Training School, Aizawl, Mizoram||3||76|
|9.||Nagaland||State Forest Training Institute, Nagaland||3||75|
|10.||Odhisa||Odhisa Forest Rangers College, Angul, Odhisa
Forest Training School, G. Udaygiri
|11.||Punjab||Forest Training College, Hoshiarpur||4||101|
|12.||Sikkim||Forest Training School, Gangtok||2||50|
|13.||Uttar Pradesh||Forest Training School, Kanpur||3||71|
|14.||Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand Forest Training Academy, Haldwani||2||47|
|Total||50 + 3(W/S)||1240 +62(W/S)|