Know everything about FRI Dehradun

The Forest Research Institute (FRI) is a Natural Resource Service training institute of the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education and is an institution in the field of forestry research.

Know everything about FRI Dehradun

Dehradun is an amazing place to be a part of or to spend a livelihood in. It has an ample of recreational opportunities and a number of places to see and visit. The open countryside, hills and mountains of Dehradun has a reputation being the educational capital of the country. The Forest Research Institute (FRI) is a Natural Resource Service training institute of the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education and is an institution in the field of forestry research in India for Indian Forest Service cadres and all State Forest Service cadres.

Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehra Dun started as Forest School established in 1878. Initially named as Imperial Forest Research Institute, FRI came into being in 1906.  Later renamed as Forest Research Institute and Colleges, with a number of centres located at different places all over the country administering research as well as training of Forest Officers and Forest Rangers.  After reorganization of Forestry Research in the country and creation of Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) in 1988, the training and research centres were given an independent status of institutes. Forest Research Institute, now one of the institutes under ICFRE, was conferred the status of Deemed University in December 1991 on the recommendations of the UGC, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. 

The objectives for which the Institute is established are

  • To impart education in such branches of forestry and environment as it may deem fit.
  • To create consciousness about forest and environment among the people through extension programs.
  • To provide for research and for the advancement of and dissemination of knowledge in the forestry and environment. The disciplines pursued in the Institute are Silviculture, Resource Survey and Management, Social forestry, Minor forest produce, Ecology and conversation, Genetics and tree propagation, Forest protection, Forest Botany, Forest products and Forest Operations. The thrust areas are bio-diversity, tree improvement & quality seed production, non-wood forest products, social forestry & wasteland afforestation, design development of modern forestry tools, etc.
  • To do all such other acts and things as may be necessary or  desirable to further the safeguarding of environment and protection of forest & wildlife.

Due the covid 19 the museum has been closed for visitors but generally,  the museum is open from 9:30am to 5:00pm daily. There is an entry fee of 40 per person and a nominal entry fee for vehicles. Basically there are six sections in the museum:

  • Timber Museum
  • Entomology Museum
  • Silviculture Museum
  • Pathology Museum
  • Non-Wood Forest Products Museum
  • Social Forest Mudseum

Training Facility

Within its campus, it hosts Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA), which is a separate organization of the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF). It also hosts the Central Academy for State Forest Services (CASFOS). The Wildlife Institute of India was on campus but now has moved to Chandrabani, and is an independent organization under MoEF. IIFM is an independent autonomous organization of MoEF and has good liaisons with FRI for forestry research and related activities. Presently IIM Kashipur running its executive management course on weekends for working person in this campus. The deemed university of FRI runs four MSc courses viz. Cellulose & Paper Technology, Environment Management, Forestry Management, Wood Science Technology and two P.G.Diploma courses in Natural Resource Management and Aroma Technology. It also enrolls a large number of research scholars every year for Ph.D.

HOW TO REACH

Nowadays with the advancement in technology, internet and google maps have been easy guide for locating any desired destination, travelling has become quite easier for everyone, but here i am sharing a small guide for those whose are planning to visit dehradun.

By Road: Travelling via road or typical road trips makes it more interesting, also Dehradun is well connected with road to all parts of the country and can easily be travelled by any vehicle. i.e. bus or taxi from any location.

By Train: Dehradun's railway station is a major station of Northern Railways, well connected with direct trains countrywide. Some of the major ones connecting from big cities are Delhi-Dehradun shatabdi AC special, Mussoorie Express, Jan Shatabdi, Dehradun Express, Howrah-Dehradun Express, Chennai-Dehradun Express, Bandra-Dehradun Express, Indore-Dehradun Express etc.

By Air: The Jolly Grant Airport which is 35 km from Dehradun, is well connected with the Delhi airport, so anyone can travel easily.