Present day Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA), Dehradun, an apex training institute of the country training the Indian Forest Service (IFS) Officers started in 1938 as a constituent of Forest Research Institute & Colleges and was Christianized with its present name in 1987. Subsequently the status of Staff College was granted to train all cadres of forest managers at various levels including mid-career trainings. In its glorious 78 years of existence, this Academy has ensured ecological security of the country by sharpening the acumen of the foresters.
The Academy is a nursery for the budding foresters, who come to this academy through selection by Union Public Service Commission. The training in Academy not only aims at building professional skills but equal weightage is also given for physical fitness and to inculcate values and professional ethics with people centric approach in working. The Academy provides a platform to the all serving IFS Officers at various levels for upgradation of knowledge by acquiring new skills available globally so as to keep pace with new developments in environment, forest and allied subjects.
The Academy has a team of highly dedicated & experienced faculty members. To support various training activities, the Academy has state of the art infrastructure including conference halls, auditorium, hostels, sports facilities, a rich & modern library. Besides IT and GIS facilities Academy owns a modern language laboratory. The Academy has also started sensitization programmes for all stakeholders by organizing short programmes for members of higher judiciary, Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Revenue Service, Indian Railway Traffic Service as well as for the Parliamentarians and gets benefitted with the experience and suggestions by the retired officers which were made during the course of workshops through their recommendations & reports.
It gives me immense pleasure to say that me & my team shall not leave any stone unturned and shall always strive for excellence in the field of management conservation and development of Environment, forests & wildlife. We all are ready to accept all of your valuable suggestions, cooperation and positive criticism to bring out further improvements in our endeavor for the prosperity & posterity.
Dr. Shashi Kumar
Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy