The Forest Research Institute (FRI) is a premier institute of the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education. An institute specializing in the field of forestry research assumes great significance given the lack of awareness among the public towards the preservation of forest and greenery in the country. The institute is located at Dehradun in Uttarakhand.
The importance of this institute lies in the fact that its campus hosts the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA), the staff college that trains officers selected for the Indian Forest Service (IFS).
FRI and College Area campus is a census town, between Kaulagarh in the north and the Indian Military Academy to the south. The Tons River forms its Western Boundary.
Research and Development:
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). IIFM is an independent autonomous organization of MoEF and has good liaisons with FRI for forestry research and related activities. 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.
Ranking and Recognition:
In the prestigious and widely acclaimed educational ranking of Indian Institutional Ranking Framework (IIRF- 2021), FRI at 25th Rank in IIRF Deemed University Ranking 2021.