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November 9th 2018
Forest Department has a well organised system of training in place to cope up with the nature of job. Depending upon the cadre and varied nature of job requirement training is designed for IFS and SFS Officers to undergo 2 years training at Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy and Central Forest Academy (GoI) at Dehradun. Range Forest Officers undergo training at various State Forest Rangers Colleges situated in different states-Haldwani (Uttarakhand), Balaghat (Madhyapradesh), Rajpipla (Gujarat), Coimbatore (Tamilnadu) and Burnihat (Assam). During 2016, our own Forest Training Institute at Dharwad was upgraded as Karnataka State Forest Academy, mandated with training Range Forest Officer Trainees.
In addition to Karnataka State Forest Academy, the department has following 6 other training centers:
1. Forest Technology and Administrative Training Institute, Kadugodi, Bengaluru
2. Forest Training Centre, Thattihalla.
3. Forest Training Centre, Yelawala.
4. Forest Training Centre, Kushalanagar.
5. Forest Training School, Bidar.
6. Forest Training School, Chakra.
All these Centers except the one at Chakra are engaged in Induction trainings for Deputy Range Forest Officers, Forest Guards, Forest Watchers, Kawadies and Ministerial staff. In addition Refresher courses in selected fields are also being organised.
The job requirement of our staff is such that they have to be thorough in protection, various acts and rules, development, survey, nursery raising, Soil Moisture Conservation and other related fields. The Training Pattern and course content being followed in our training institutes is designed in such a way as to do justice to the high expectations that we have from our frontline staff. It may not be an exaggeration to say that the induction training modules and course content being followed in our training institutes, for various cadres, is among the best in the entire country.
(For more details, please download the Karnataka Forest Department annual report 2017 - 18, from aranya.gov.in)