1- To promote, coordinate and aid forestry education in the country for high academic standards in the universities imparting forestry education.

2- Capacity building programme for the scientists, technical, executive and ministerial staff working in the council by conducting and coordinating various domestic and foreign trainings.

3- To undertake Policy Research in arena of Forests, Wildlife and Environment and to provide inputs for policy makers.

4- Recruitment and promotion of Scientists & Technical Staff.


Activities / Programmes

A. Promoting Forestry Education:

1- Grant-in-Aid to the Universities :

Directorate of Education provides Grant-in-Aid to promote forestry education at under- graduation and post-graduation levels in the State Agricultural Universities.

2- Accreditation of the Universities/Colleges: The Directorate also undertakes accreditation of universities with an objective of establishing a mechanism for maintenance of appropriate standards of teaching, research, examination and other academic activities in these institutions and in forestry that would help prepare the students to serve in the forestry sector and to seek employment opportunities both in Government as well as in private enterprises. The list of Universities accreditated with ICFRE is given in Annexure I.

    Guidelines for Accreditation of Course Programme in Forestry (Under Graduate/Post Graduate Courses)

B. Capacity Building:

The ICFRE has adopted a five year HRD programme for capacity building of the managerial, scientific, executive and the technical cadre. The main objectives of HRD programme of ICFRE is

1-Improving the management skills of the managers & senior researchers and to keep them abreast with current thinking and trends in forestry research.

2-Enhancing the core competence of the researchers in their area of specialization through training, research workshops, seminars etc.

3-Providing in-service training in professional skills, Lab management, field investigation, administration etc., to all levels of supporting staff.

The List of training programmes organized/scheduled for the current year is given in Annexure II.

C. Centre for Forest Policy Research(CFPR):

The Directorate of Education has been mandated to look into the policy issues for the better governance of forests, wildlife and other natural resources. In this endeavor, Centre for Forest Policy Research (CFPR) was established at ICFRE (HQ.) in the year 2018 to take up policy research studies exclusively focused on forest and environment sector. The prime aim of the CFPR is to act as “Policy Think Tank" dedicated to undertake extensive and in-depth research on policy perspectives in the forestry and environment sector. The prime focus of CFPR is on research in contemporary policy issues for the better governance of natural resources in India and providing inputs to Government of India for policy decisions and appropriate interventions... More

D. Chair of Excellence:

To attract eminent personalities and researchers to facilitate qualitative enhancement in research and education in the country in the field of Forestry, it has been decided to establish Chair of Excellence (CoE) in ICFRE. The board of governors in its 57th meeting held on 16th December, 2019 has approved the establishment of the following Chair of Excellence in ICFRE (HQ) and its institutes.

Sl. No.

Chair of Excellence



Forest products

IWST, Bangaluru


Forest Productivity and Livelihood

IFP, Ranchi


Technological Advancement in Forest Management



Forest Genetics Management Resources Network

FRI, Dehradun

The Chair of excellence on "Forest Products" has been established at IWST, Bengaluru and establishment of other three Chair of Excellence is under process.

E. Recruitment and promotion of Scientists & Technical Staff

All the Issues related to recruitment & promotion of Scientists and Technical Staff (Category- III) working in the Council is looked after by the Directorate of Education.


New Initiatives/ Achievements

1- HRD Plan for Capacity Building of Scientific/Managerial Cadre/Research Support Staff/ Ministerial staff is being prepared for the year 2018-2023.

2- Research support system in form of JRFs/SRFs/ RAs for various projects being run in the Institutes.

3- 'Strides in Forestry Research' workshop held on 24-25 February, 2015



Smt. Kanchan Devi, IFS
Deputy Director General (Education)
Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education
Phone: +91-135-2758571, 2224832 (O),
Fax : +91-135-2758571

Sh. Deepak Mishra, IFS
Asstt. Director General (Education & Recruitment Board)
Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education
Phone: +91-135- 2224850 (O)
Fax: +91-135-2750297

Shri Sunil Waman Bhondge
Chief Technical Officer
Directorate of Education
Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education

Phone:  +91 135 2224865


Shri Arvind Johari
Section Officer
Recruitment Board
Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education

Phone:  +91 135 2224806




Sh. Deepak Mishra, IFS  

Assistant Director General (Education & R.B.)
Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education
P.O. New Forest, Dehradun
(Uttarakhand) - INDIA
Pin Code: 248006

Phone: +91-135-2758348, 2224850 (O)

Fax : +91-135-2750693