IGNFA organized MCT Phase III (1st) for IFS Officers of 26-28 years of Seniority

IGNFA organized MCT Phase III (1st) for IFS Officers of 26-28 years of Seniority

Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy organized mandatory Mid-Career Training (MCT) Phase – III (1st)Programme for IFS officers with 26-28 years of seniority from 16th January to 04th February, 2017. A total of 46 IFS officers of 1987, 1988, 1989 & 1990 batches participated in that programme. The inaugural session was chaired by Dr. Shashi Kumar, Director, IGNFA and Director General, ICFRE.

The Phase III programme was instituted with the objective of equipping Officers of Indians Forest Service to function effectively in the changing global scenario. The programme is a three-week journey to facilitate collective learning and reflections in an academic ambience for Mid-Career Indian Forest Officers. It also aims to transform from being a technocrat and administrator to a visionary and chief executive of their departments with an exposure to best practices in forestry management at a national and international level. The sharing of experiences provides a clearer picture of common issues and creates opportunities to improve national, regional, and international policies. The schedule of the programme is as given below

Complete duration Management Module at IGNFA Best Practices Tour Forestry Module at IGNFA
16th January to 04th February, 2017
(3 weeks)
16th to 20th January, 2017
(1 week)
21st to 29th January, 2017
(1 week)
30th January to 04th February, 2017
(1 week)


The first week (16th to 20th January, 2017) of the program was set aside to horn the managerial skills of the officers through domain experts from national level reputed agencies and institutions. The IIFM has conducted the module. Various aspects like Media Management, Stress Management, Negotiations and Power relations, Leadership and Total Quality Management were dealt during the period.

In the second week (21st to 29th January, 2017), the participants were made into three smaller groups and were exposed to Best Practices tours covering one of the themes like “Technology based Forest Governance, Externally aided projects and Forest research innovations” in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, “Human – wild animal conflict and wildlife management” in Gujarat and Rajasthan and “People centric forest governance” in Nagaland and Meghalaya states respectively. . At the end of the tour, the groups made presentation and submitted reports.

In the 3rd week (30th January to 04th February, 2017) , Forestry module was conducted at IGNFA wherein topics like Issues and Challenges of Forestry Sector in India, Energy crisis-Challenges and Prospects, Community Mobilization SHG’s and Microfinance, Externally Aided Projects- lessons learned, Wildlife Crime and Inter Sectoral Linkages, Species Recovery Projects- lessons learnt, Marine and Wetland Resource Management – Issues and challenges, International Negotiations in Forestry sector, Forest Conservation Act & its Implications (best and Worst practices), Monitoring of CSS, E-green watch and DSS, Innovations in Forestry were dealt. Panel discussions were also held on various issues like Change in Forest Governance, Human Wild Animal Conflict, Equipping Foresters to emerging challenges and Water Crisis Management and role forest sector. Participants also shared their experiences on Media management, working in Non Forestry Sector.

The Valedictory session was held on 4th Feb 2017. Dr. Shashi Kumar, Director IGNFA and DG, ICFRE chaired the session and presented course completion certifica


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