Indian Forest Service (IFS) Probationers in Bhutan

As part of the final year course curriculum, 41 IFS probationers of 2012-14 batch accompanied by their faculty member from Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA), Dehradun, India were in the country from 2nd to 7th February 2014.

The probationers were in the country to study Flora and Fauna, Forest Management Systems, Wildlife Management Practices etc. The batch consists of 78 probationers in all, including 22 ladies and two Bhutanese officer trainees. The first batch consisting of 41 probationers including 8 ladies were in the country this time while the remaining probationers in the second batch will visit from 24th to 28th of February 2014.

The Indian Forest College was instituted in 1938 to impart professional forestry trainings to newly recruited forest officers. It started as a constituent of Forest Resource Institute and colleges and was renamed as Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA) in 1987. The Academy is located in the New Forest Campus 5 km west of the city centre of Dehradun.


The delegation attending briefings from DoFPS & NRDCL in NRDCL Hall


The Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS) coordinated their visit to the country with the involvement of other relevant stakeholders where Natural Resources Development Corporation (NRDCL) as operator got involved in hosting few dinners and briefing the probationers on the activities of the company besides arranging field visits. The probationers were taken to Chelela to see some mechanized logging activities using cable lines, fir plantation sites etc. This visit gave an opportunity to closely interact on a wide range of natural resources and other conservation issues aimed at strengthening the cooperation between the Academy and NRDCL, further.