DFE Directorate ---
The post of Director Forest Education was created in the year 1953
to assist the President, Forest Research Institute and college with it
rested the responsibility for professional and technical training/education
in the country. Subsequent to reorganization of Forest Research Institute
and Colleges and creation of Indian Council of Forestry Research and
Education (ICFRE) as an autonomous organization, under the ministry of
Environment and Forests in the year 1991, the Directorate of Forest
Education was dilinked from the Forest Research Institute and Colleges.
Since then it is functioning directly under the Ministry of Environment and
In order to meet the increasing demand of the State Forest Departments and
Central forestry organization for trained Officers, three State Forest
Service Colleges were established by the Central Government at Burhihat
(Assam) in 1976, Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) in 1980 and Dehradun (Uttar
Pradesh now Uttarakhand) in 1981 for imparting training to the State Forest
Service Officers of two years duration.
The Forest Rangers Training in India is over 100 years old. It was imparted
up to 1978 centrally through the following Rangers Colleges:
Forest Rangers College, Dehradun (Uttaranchal).
Forest Rangers College, Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu).
Forest Rangers College, Kurseong (West Bengal).
Forest Rangers College, Chandrapur (Maharashtra).
Rangers College, Balaghat (Madhya Pradesh).
These Colleges were being managed by the Government of
India and had a training programme of two years. Need for more trained
manpower was felt in order to meet the increased demand for training Range
Forest Officers, the training of Forest Rangers was De-centralized and six
more rangers Colleges were opened by some State Government:
Forest Rangers College, Rajpipla (Gujarat).
Training Institute, Haldwani (Uttaranchal).
Forest Rangers College, Angul (Orissa).
Rangers College, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh).
Rangers College, Chikhalda (Maharashtra).
Eastern forest Rangers College, Jalukbari (Assam)
In the year 1987, the Government of India decided that
responsibility of imparting Rangers Training be given up and the State
Government Should make their own arrangement for such Training. As a
consequence, Rangers Colleges run by the Government of India closed in a