FOREST TRAINING INSTITUTE AND RANGERS COLLEGE, SUNDERNAGAR
The history of forestry education in H.P. started in 1949, when “Lower Division Subordinate Training School was opened at Junga to manage the vast forest resources of the state scientifically. This school was shifted to Solan in 1952 and then to Mashobra in 1956. At the same time, a soil conservation school was opened at Dalhousie in 1956-57. In 1964 both the schools were combined together and shifted to Solan. The school was finally shifted to Chail on 15th April, 1968 and has been functioning since then.
It was realized that even by using the capacity of FTS, Chail to its maximum, it would not be possible to clear the backlog of untrained Forest Guards and Deputy Rangers in the FD as nearly one third of them were untrained at that time. Sundernagar with its pleasant climate, central location in the State and also due to availability of infrastructure developed during Social Forestry Project, got obvious preference for opening one of the two new forestry training schools proposed in that year. The other training school was opened at Kuther in Kangra Distt, which also remained under administrative control of training division Sundernagar till June 1994. Initially, the Centre conducted regular five and half month basic in service training courses for Forest Guards and short term refresher courses on participatory forestry and technical Forestry for the Front Line Staff and Community members. Both the Centres at Sundernagar and Chail were renamed as Forest Training Institute in 2008. FTI Sundernagar was empanelled by Govt. of India for imparting Range Forest Officers Training in 2012 and this institute has been renamed as FTI & Rangers’ College, Sundernagar.
FTI & RC is located in DPF Trambri on Keran Road near BBMB Colony, Sundernagar in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh. It is approximately 6 kms from Sundernagar Bus Stand.
A society namely ‘Natural Resource Management Training Develpoment Society’ was constituted in 2006 to after the training and management of FTI & RC, Sundernagar and FTI, Chail.
MANDATE OF FTI & RC
FTI & RC conducts training Induction as well as In-service training of Forest Personnels. The Institute is currently conducting regular Induction training courses for Range Forest Officers and Forest Guards. Besides this the Institute also conducts refresher courses for the Front Line Staff and the Ministerial staff of the HP Forest Department. Tailor made training courses for other Departments/ Projects/ HPSFDC/ Agencies/ Community Members/ Eco-Tourism are also conducted in this Institute.
The details of the training courses conducted so far is as follows:
|1.||Regular Courses of Forest Guards (5½ months 18 Batches)||458||09||467|
|2.||Regular Courses of Forest Guards(19 to 26th Batch) (06 months)||194||144||338|
|Total (Sr. 1 & 2)||652||153||805|
|3||Capsule Course of Dy. Rangers (3 months duration)||94||0||94|
|4||Regular Forest Workers Course (one month course)||32||0||32|
|5||Regular Course for HPSFC Ltd. (45 days duration)||55||02||57|
|6||One month Orientation Course for newly promoted Dy.Ranger||53||00||53|
|7||9 Months Regular Training Course for Deputy Rangers of Sikkim Forest Department||18||00||18|
|8.||Orientation Course for 3 weeks for Fgds.||47||11||58|
|9.||Core Forestry Course for 9 weeks for Fgds upto 11th Batch.||243||56||299|
|10.||6 week Second Course Fgd.||27||06||33|
|Total Sr.No.3 to 10.||833||153||986|
|1.||18 months certificate course for FROs 1st batch (2012-14 batch)||27||02||29|
|2.||18 months certificate course for FROs 2nd batch (2014-16 batch)||21||13||34|
|3.||18 months certificate course for FROs 3rd batch (2016-18 batch)||32||07||39|
|1.||Refresher courses for ROs, DRs, Fgds, Forest Workers, Ministerial staff of Forest Department, NGOs||2547||521||3068|
|2.||Short Term Paid Courses organized for other Department /Agencies /Projects/ HPSFC Ltd., Punjab Forest Department, H.P. Mid Himalayan watershed/ Project H.P.||2206||342||2548|
|G. Total ( Regular+ Short term)||5318||1191||7509|