This Training centre was started on 14.11.2007 and was formally inaugurated on 27/12/2007. The training centre is located 15 km away from Mysore city and is situated in Ilavala Forest which is spread over an extent of 565 acre. The training centre campus has a heritage building popularly known as ‘Aloka Palace’, one of many such heritage buildings of Mysore, built during the period of Krishna Raja Wadiyar III. During the British period, this spacious building served as the residency bungalow.
The training centre has many facilities such as an Administration block, two hostels, two well equipped modern classrooms, two mess halls, library, multiutility building, gymnasium, two computer laboratories and a sports ground.
The centre has trained two batches of Dy. RFOs cum Surveyors, 9 Batches of Forest Guards and 2 Batches of Forest Watchers so far. So all in all 667 trainees have been trained till date. 27 Refresher Trainings have also been conducted for both ministerial staff and front line staff, where a total of 966 in-service Officers and Staff were trained.
Currently, since June 2019, 91 Deputy Range Forest Officer cum Surveyor trainees are undergoing induction training.
The Forest Training Centre is headed by an Assistant Conservator of Forest and is assisted by 3 Range Forest Officers along with 2 Deputy Range Forest Officers and ministerial staff for its administration.