Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA) was constituted in the year 1987 by renaming the erstwhile Indian Forest College, which was originally established in 1938 for training senior forest officers. It is situated in the New Forest campus of Forest Research Institute (FRI) on Chakrata Road (NH-72),five kilometers from Dehradun town. IGNFA is currently functioning as a Staff College for the officers of the Indian Forest Service (IFS). The primary mandate of the Academy is to impart knowledge and skills to the professional foresters and help them to develop competence for managing the country’s forest and wildlife resources on a sustainable basis. In the Academy training is provided at different levels of seniority in the Indian Forest Service besides training the new entrants to the service.
Address : Indira Ghandhi National Forest Academy,
Dehradun – 248006,
Phone No: +91-0135-2754647, 2757316, 2754715
Fax No : +91-0135- 2757314
Year Of Establishment : 1987
Area : 1100 Acres
Institution Type : Government Institution
The Indian Forest Service (IFS) is one of the three All India Services, the other two being the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service. IFS was created in 1966 under the All India Services Act 1951. However, this was only a revival of a well organized Indian Forest Service which existed during the British Raj from 1865 to 1935.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), a body under the Government of India, recruits the IFS Officers by conducting a competitive examination open to graduates with science background. After qualifying the written examination, the candidates have to undergo an interview, a walking test (25 km for men & 14 km for women in four hours in Delhi Zoological Park) and a standard medical fitness test. The current trend in educational background of selected officers reflects high qualifications including Postgraduate in Sciences, Engineering, Agriculture and Forestry. A fairly large number of officers are Post Graduate in various subjects.