Chandrapur is a historical and cultural city, located just 155 km from Nagpur. It is well connected to several cities and neighbouring states via highways and railways. Chandrapur Forest Academy building displays the architectural grandeur of the region. It was built with an investment of over 27 crores and has state-of-the-art facilities for educational activities and training. Maharashtra state government has allocated the academy for the training of forest officers as well as for forest conservation efforts.
The Government of Maharashtra had set up a forest training centre at Chandrapur in 1961 for the training of forest rangers; this was running till 1975. However, the institute was acquired by the Government of India in 1976. It was decided to set up a Central Forest Range College for the newly-appointed Forest Range Officers in the state. The training of Forest Range Officers was being imparted in this college from 1976 to 1990.
In the year 1990, the Central Government decided to transfer this training centre back to the Government of Maharashtra. Since 1991, the centre has been used by the state forest department for state-level training programs. In the year 2013, the Central Forest College was renamed
'Chandrapur Forest Training Institute'. The training institute was converted into a forest academy and given autonomy.
With the aim of managing the forest resources in Vidharba, the Chandrapur Forest Administration, Development, Research, and Management Academy was established by the Government of Maharashtra on 4th December 2014.
Chandrapur Forest Academy has undertaken steps to maintain ecological balance and create large-scale awareness. The institute also offers interdisciplinary courses for better governance of land resources, biodiversity conservation, and public participation in sustainable government. Our curriculum is designed in line with the emerging trends and practices in education and training. We believe practical knowledge and fieldwork are supporting pillars of education and lay a strong emphasis on vocational training.
- Provide long-term training to Maharashtra Forest Service Group A and Group B officers elected by the Public Service Commission and prepare them for forest service
- Offer training to officials from various government departments, including Public Works Department, Revenue, State Police, and Administrative Units on biodiversity, forest conservation, environment, and wildlife
- Organize awareness and training sessions for people's representatives, MPs, Gram Panchayat members, school- and college-level teachers, journalists, NGOs, lawyers, judges, and environmental organisations
- Undertake diploma and degree courses to create skilled manpower for environment management and conservation; research activities on environmental forensic
- Study the impact of developmental activities on the environment
- Conduct research and development activities in the fields of wood anatomy and biodiversity
- Arrange public awareness activities in nearby villages with the help of NGOs, forest management committees, and environmentalists
Chandrapur Forest Academy was established to serve a wide range of purposes. These can be grouped together under four main segments:Training & Awareness || Educational Initiatives || Research & Development Work || Expansion & Propagation
Spread over 44.50 hectares, Chandrapur Forest Academy is an impressive infrastructure comprising of an administrative building, 16 training classrooms, 2 auditoriums, officers’ residences, hostels (separate male/female buildings) ,canteens and lounges,sports complex & gymnasium etc.
Group A and Group B officers selected through various competative exams are trained here. Our curriculum is designed in line with the emerging trends and practices in education and training. We believe practical knowledge and fieldwork are supporting pillars of education and lay a strong emphasis on vocational training.Chandrapur Forest Academy has undertaken steps to maintain ecological balance and create large-scale awareness for the same. The institute also offers interdisciplinary courses for better governance of land resources, biodiversity conservation, and public participation in sustainable development.
Wildlife and natural resource conservation can go hand-in-hand with industrial development. Together we can eliminate man-animal conflict, witness flourishing biodiversity, and achieve sustainable development. Along with forest organizations and government officers, farmers, natives, students, and all other interested citizens can be an active part of this visionary goal.
The academy will support Maharashtra government’s vision on making the state strong, progressive and empowered, as the academy will enhance the skills and develop a scientific approach regarding sustainable growth in the field of forests, wildlife and environment through the training, research and study. The aspirations of our forest academy are diverse. We aim to become a full-fledged learning centre in the country with the most comprehensive and distinctive offerings.