Uttarakhand Forestry Training Academy (UFTA) is one of the premier Institutions under Uttarakhand Forest Department, with a distinction of imparting wide array of training to wide spectrum of candidates. It was established in 1979 as a part of Uttar Pradesh Forest Department.
Since its inception, UFTA has accomplished milestones of enormous magnitude and is ranked amongst the top Forestry Training Institutes of India. Under the management of Uttarakhand Forest Department, the UFTA imparts induction training to Range Officers, Foresters and Forest Guards. It also offers annual and quarterly courses to frontline staff, forest corporation employees, and van panchayat members. It is ideally located at Haldwani, which has train and bus connectivity to other cities like Dehradun, Delhi etc.
The administration of the academy is headed by an officer of the Indian Forest Services (IFS), of the rank of Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF). Number of Deputy Directors, both from Indian Forest Services as well as Provincial Forest Service, and Assistant Directors serve under him for the smooth functioning of administrative as well as academic works of the academy. Apart from these, academy has some other faculty members for imparting training to the trainees. Team of clerical staff, Range Officers, Foresters and Forest Guards carry out other day to day functions of the academy.
The institute has outstanding and sprawling infrastructure with large administrative and academic block, guest houses, student hostels, mess, library, playground, interpretation center etc. The library of UFTA is its big asset with an extensive collection of books. The administrative and teaching staff resides in the campus itself, offering student a robust and sound technical and academic support round the clock. The UFTA administration ensures the availability of high end sophisticated gadgets for the training purpose so that the students are accustomed to prevalent use of technologies in their fields.
To develop UFTA as a premier institute for the development of high quality human and knowledge resources in all the aspects of forestry, which not only meet the challenges being faced by the state of Uttarakhand but also stands out in the country.
To train and develop forest officers, forest staff, ministerial staff and representatives of Van Panchayat so that they may engage in the upliftment of forestry sector in the state while being driven by strong technical knowledge and passion for professional excellence.
- To impart multidisciplinary induction training to Range Officers, Foresters and Forest Guards in Forest Management aspects.
- To give refresher training to field staff in new and latest practices in forestry.
- To impart quality training to ministerial staff.
- To develop innovative modules for challenging training needs of Van Panchayats.
- To conduct skill enhancement courses for officers of all levels of Forest Department.
- To conduct subject specific training for larger audience like school teachers, students, public representatives, other departments, etc.
- To develop the computer skills of staff and officers by imparting regular trainings in usage of computer, process automation and GIS.
- To conduct team building exercise as well as strengthen the staff in sports activities
- To develop UFTA as one stop centre for all kinds of information related to forestry and to disseminate information through library, publications and web.
Forestry Training Institute, Haldwani was established in 1st May 1979 with the objective of imparting practical knowledge in the field of forestry to forest officers for enabling them in the scientific management of forests. Till 30th June 1990, trainings were organized for Foresters and Range Officers. On 1st July 1990, training of Foresters was shifted from FTI, Haldwani to UFTA, Kanpur. Keeping in view significance of Van Panchayats in managing Community Resources as well as outstanding activities of this institute, responsibility of training of 'Sarpanchs' of Van Panchayats of Uttarakhand was also handed over to this institute in 1995 and it was rechristened as Forestry and Van Panchayat Training Institute. After the formation of Uttaranchal in the year 2002, it was upgraded to Uttaranchal Forestry Training Academy. In 2004, Foresters training was restarted at UFTA, Haldwani. Forest Guards have been imparted training only at Forest Guard Training Institutes of Uttarakhand in Rampur Mandi, Kalagarh and Jainti, Almora in the past. But in 2009, after recruitment of women Forest Guards in Uttarakhand Forest Department, training for women Forest Guards were started in UFTA, Haldwani because of the available infrastructural facilities, while men Forest Guards were continued to be trained at other Institutes. But recently, since its selection for the implementation of JICA project, the academy is gearing up for the regular induction training for Forest Guards also, including both men and women.
UFTA has been selected by the Uttarakhand Forest Department for the implementation of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) assisted project, 'Capacity Development for Forest Management and Training of Personnel Project', in the state with the aim of capacity development of the frontline forest staff. This project targets improvement in training infrastructure and training methodologies for induction training of Forest Guards. Two batches of 50 Forest Guards will be trained per year after the completion of JICA project at UFTA. The duration of training course for Forest Guards will be 6 months per batch.