The Annual Convocation of 2016-18 Course of IFS Probationers at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy was organized in the Convocation Hall, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun on 25th April, 2018. Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Vice President of India graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
Dr. Shashi Kumar, Director, Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy in his address informed the gathering that this institution erstwhile, as Indian Forest College and now as Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy has served the country for last 78 years. He said that all the Indian Forest Service officers in independent India and around 353 forest officers from 14 of the other countries have been trained in this institution. He further informed that a total of 53 IFS Probationers including 2 Foreign Trainees from Royal Govt. of Bhutan have been awarded with the diploma today from the 2016-18 IFS Probationers (Professional Training Course). Out of these, 18 officers have secured more than 75% marks in the aggregate, thereby qualifying to get the Honours Diploma. All those who have successfully completed the training are being awarded the Associate of Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy Diploma. He also informed that the officers are trained in various aspects of forestry and governance including special overseas exposure visit to Finland/Russia and Spain/Italy. He advised the young Probationers to work with utmost sincerity and devotion and do their best for securing livelihood of the forest dependent poor people.
At the ceremony, the officers who had shown outstanding achievements were awarded the different prizes and awards. The list of other award winners is attached.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; Ministry of Science & Technology; and Ministry of Earth Sciences congratulated the budding officers over successful completion of their professional forestry training at IGNFA. He said, we want forests to be conserved by empowering local communities, sustainable sharing of benefits from forests, enhancing its potential as climate change moderator, Source of rural livelihood options and expressed confidence in young officers that they would meet the nation’s expectation.
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat also congratulated the young officers and emphasized that a long and challenging career is awaiting them. He exhorted the officers to deliver their best by protecting the protective functions of forests.
Hon’ble Governor of Uttarakhand Dr. K.K. Paul congratulated the young officers and urged them to provide out of box solutions to conserve the eroding biodiversity utilizing it in a sustainable way for economic upliftment of our people. He congratulated IGNFA also for imparting the valuable training to the young officers.
Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Vice President of India in his Convocation address, congratulated the officer trainees and noted that the training imparted at the IGNFA prepares the officers for the tough challenges that lie ahead of the young officers in their jobs. He emphasized on striking a balance between conservation and development, as both are equally important for humanity. He said that the key is to develop sustainable utilization of natural resources with a strong commitment to eradicate poverty. This could be achieved effectively by placing common people at the centre of this development process. He stressed that they as a young professionals, the officer should keep in mind that the decisions to be taken by them shall have far reaching long-term consequences of ecological foundation of the nation.
He said to the young officers, that being a Natural Resource Manager, it is their first duty to enhance its productivity and support the local populace in terms of their forest requirement by scientific means. He also expressed his concern over drying water bodies in the country. He asked the young officers to provide expert solutions to development versus conservation debates. At the end, he congratulated all the young officers and expressed his confidence that the high standards of professionalism of forest officers would be maintained and further enhanced by them.
A large number of senior level officers attended the Convocation ceremony from the Central and State Government, besides the family members of the officers who have passed out today.