The history of imparting forestry training in India dates back 150 years. In the year 1878, by establishing the Indian Forest College in Dehradun, the foundation for scientific management of India’s forests was laid by the British. The same institution has been renamed as Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA) and caters to the professional training of senior level forest officers i.e. IFS officers.
The training for frontline staff is carried out by the respective states. The training for Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF) and Range Forest Officers (RFO) is carried out in various academies across the country under the aegis of Directorate of Forest Education, MoEFCC.
There is a long tradition of imparting training to officers and frontline staff at the induction level in Forest Department and the training wing holds special importance in the department. To cater to the need of imparting induction training to frontline staff including RFO, DRFO,Forest Guard, Forest Watcher cadres,the training wing has been created and is headed by Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Human Resource Development) headqautered at Dharwad and has seven institutions located in Kadugodi, Ilwala, Bidar, Kushlnagar, Tattihalla, Chakra and Dharwad carrying out various training programmes.