The current scenario of rapid changes in the forestry and environmental sector settings and associated emerging challenges require the knowledge and skill resources to be constantly updated and adapted for relevant effectiveness and activation amenability. In this context, the government training academies have also to engage in appropriate research & development activities (R&D), along with other endeavours in this regard, to enhance the utility and impact of the trainings in terms of contents and delivery.
For the IGNFA - the successor of the Indian Forest College having come of age, now in ninth decade of its existence, the significance of engaging in R & D activities, cogent with its mandates, cannot be overemphasized.
Hence, it is essential that the IGNFA gears up its capacity to undertake and associate in relevant research & development activities to enrich building up the knowledge & skill competency resources in the areas of forestry and allied sectors for the cadres of the Indian Forest Service and also other associated professionals. Such research engagements will also enrich the contribution of IGNFA in the field of knowledge resources and systems.
There is an increasing need of including such training contents that are more relevant to the competency requirements of today’s executive forestry professionals working in multi-sectoral and multi-scalar framework and dealing with interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary knowledge systems, distinct from the ways and practices of twentieth century. It is also recognized that foresters of today need faster updates on knowledge insights and range of skills in techno- scientific aspects as well as social, economic, governance, management and administrative dimensions with effective problem-solving approach. More so, for the Indian Forest Service cadre, who wield commanding positions as key stakeholder and influencer in the forestry, environmental protection and natural resource husbandry.
Forestry and natural-resource management related programs should also foster research orientation. Appropriate engagements by the Academy in relevant research activities on more regular manner will substantively contribute to knowledge creation and Dissemination in the training domains as well as in the professional specializations and emerging knowledge areas associated with the mandates of the Academy. This will enable thriving creative academic and human capacity building ecosystems for in-service training and probationary training of IFS cadre and also for trainees of other services and stakeholders.
This policy applies to all the faculty members, trainees or other personnel of IGNFA involved in independent or collaborative research involving different institutions or organizations funded either through Academy or any other source.
The engagement with appropriate research and development activities will also forge and sustain collaborative and networked association of the Academy with the forestry professionals and institutions, primarily in the government sector, in the area of knowledge and skill co- creation. In turn the Academy’s outreach in overall human capital enrichment will be augmented providing avenues for the core and associate faculty of the Academy for better utilization of their intellectual investments in training and academic engagements. In the long run it shall be the endeavor to expand the academy’s capacity in R & D through tie-ups with institutions within and outside the country.
Towards the aims and objectives indicated here above, the Academy envisages to undertake research and development studies / projects on regular basis in consonance with its mandate, organizational set-up and faculty resources, leveraging appropriate collaborative and partnership associations.
To fulfil the aims and objectives as above, the component of research & development activities cogent with the academy’s mandates is to be strengthened and augmented on a sustained basis and in institutionalized manner under this R & D Studies & Projects - Grant and Fellowship Scheme to be funded internally and regulated as indicated in the following rules and provisions.
Besides, the Academy also intends to invite minor research projects/study proposals along with financial assistance from willing State and Central Government departments/ institutions/ organizations to undertake research / studies which have translational significance for forest and environment sector and general management of the department or organizational unit. The major objective of this endeavor is to promote applied and action-based research for the beneficial use by the forest departments and others interested organizations
The Project Grant and Fellowship Scheme is distinct and separate from the Hari Singh Fellowship for IFS Probationers in operation, the S.K. Seth Fellowship and the Ranganathan Fellowship (to be commenced) under another scheme sanctioned by the MoEF&CC, Govt. of India in 2011 for promoting specializations in the IFS officers.
Research data would mean facts, materials or physical items or articles, artefacts, observations, experiences, responses to questionnaires etc. collected by researcher which are used for making inferences or drawing conclusions for the research/ study. Data may be numeric, descriptive, visual or virtual, raw or processed, experimental or observational. Data will also include all kinds of laboratory and/or field notebooks, maps, photographs, audio-video recordings or any other thing collected or generated during the research/ study. Research material in addition to hardware and equipment would include books, consumables, apparatus, computer, digital media etc. Provenance information such as how, when, where the data were collected and the means of collection, the software code and license used to generate, annotate or analyze the data are also included in research material and property. All these will always belong to the Academy and should be surrendered to Academy on completion of project/ research/ study.
Research data that incorporates confidential information such as, personally identifiable human participant data, trade secrets etc. must be adequately secured and kept confidential
These are broad policy guidelines and principles. All cases of lack of clarity on any issue, or any ambiguity, or subjectivity in interpretation, must be reported to the Academy, whose decision will be final and binding. The Director, IGNFA may, at any point of time, call for its amendment or revision as deemed appropriate.
IGNFA Research & Development Studies and Projects - Grant and Fellowship Scheme Rules & Guidelines
The research studies or development projects under this Grant and Fellowship scheme of IGNFA will be undertaken by the teams rather than individuals, with the engagement of academy faculty in collaboration with external researchers and subject area specialist professionals from forestry and allied subjects and other interfacing specializations. This will ensure shared research pursuits with active involvement and ownership of the Academy and quality outputs of practical utility and value. The team composition may be any one of the following:
The Selection Committee will comprise:
The Duration of the Fellowship shall not ordinarily exceed two year. However, the period may be extended, where circumstances so demand, with the approval of IGNFA.
The amount of the Fellowship grant will be decided by the Director IGNFA on case to case basis, subject to a maximum of Rupees Ten Lakh. Any violation of the Rules will entail refund of the entire Fellowship Grant by the Fellow.
Funds under this "Grant & Fellowship" head (Rs. 10.00 Lakh) can be utilized for hiring of manpower, equipment and material consumables items etc., national travel for self, students, other research staff and visiting / consultant scientists or experts and, and other unforeseen contingencies. However, in special cases the grant can be suitably increased beyond Rs. 10.00 lakhs subject to the ceiling of sanctioned research Grant budget head for purchase and repair of equipment, books and journals, etc. and any other research and academic activity mostly as an additionality after exhausting the shared use of resources available in organizations or institutes of the team members.
The fellowship is liable to cancellation, in case of:
The research study or development project may form a component of research planned or pursued as part of Masters, M. Phil, or Ph.D. programme with any recognized university with the consent of the concerned institution and IGNFA, along with clear disclosures and commitments regarding the sharing of expenditure on fellowship or stipendiary engagement between the institution and IGNFA.
The subject areas, themes or topics of research and development to be undertaken will relate to the content and delivery of various training activities at IGNFA. Further these may also include such underserved specific themes or topics related to forestry, environment and associated natural resource systems and allied subjects which have bearing on the knowledge and competencies of IFS cadres, forestry and other associated professionals and other interested stakeholders, also fostering dissemination of new knowledge and action insights. As such priority will be accorded to the emerging areas of enquiry across the relevant knowledge and skill systems. An initial listing is enclosed in the Appendix that may be revised from time to time. Research studies envisaging practicable learning outcomes will be preferred to theoretically intensive scholarly pursuits.
Initial Indicative List of Dominions / Themes for Research & Development
a) Training Need Assessment about the courses being conducted by the Academy:
b) Training Evaluation Studies in respect of the following:
c) Value added Research
d) Identification and Prioritization of themes for Case-studies and Field Visits and preparation of their Learning Input, Outcome and Evaluation Materials
A. Social, political and economic dynamics interfacing forestry and associated environmental subjects; Governance of forests and associated natural environmental and resource systems – Collaborative, participative and multi- stakeholder dimensions; Forestry and Public Systems and Inter-sectoral dimensions; Tribal and Other Traditional Forest Dwelling Community – Forests: Interfaces & Interactions
B. Traditional knowledge and practices associated with biodiversity in the wild – blending the traditional systems with the mainstream scientific knowledge system (dynamic conservation);
C. Forestry in various landscapes – natural wilderness, non-forest and urban areas – changing scenarios and challenges;
|Division: Forests, Ecology & Environment|
|Head: Shri. Mukul Trivedi, Professor (Academics)|
|1. Forests, Environment and Climate Change||Shri. N. C. Saravanan||Smt. Arti Chaudhary Dr. S. P. Anandh Kumar Shri. Tulsi Das Shri. Gorakh W. Kalunge|
|2. Biodiversity & Wildlife||Smt. Nidhi Srivastava||Shri. Amit Kumar Dr. Sivabala. S|
|3. Technological Applications||Shri. Mukul Trivedi||Dr. S. P. Anandh Kumar Shri. Amit Kumar|
|Division: Governance & Management|
|Head: Dr. S. Senthil Kumar, Addl. Professor, I/C, In-Service Training|
|4. Human Social Dimensions||Dr. S. Senthil Kumar||Dr. S. P. Anandh Kumar Shri. Gorakh W. Kalunge Smt. Nidhi Srivastava|
|5. Law, Policy and Sustainable Development||Dr. S. Senthil Kumar||Dr. Sivabala. S Shri. N. C. Saravanan|
|6. Management and Administration||Smt. Arti Chaudhary||Shri. Amit Kumar Shri. Gorakh W. Kalunge Shri. Tulsi Das|
|1. Academic||Shri. Mukul Trivedi||Dr. Sivabala. S|
|2. In-service Training||Shri. S. Senthil Kumar||Dr. S. P. Anandh Kumar|
|3. Evaluation & Controller of Examinations||Smt. Nidhi Srivastava||-|
|4. Research||-||Shri. Tulsi Das|