The Government has tied up with some USA's universities to raise the competence of the Indian Forest Service Officers on the areas of environmental policy and forestry management.
Mid Career Training is mandatory at various levels for Indian Forest Service Officers in their career progression as per IFS (Pay) Rules. The Mid Career Training aims at upgradation of their professional skills at Indian Institutes of Management/Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA), Dehradun and two weeks in selected foreign universities. Out of the six such selected universities the three universities are of United States i.e. Colorado State University, University of Yale and University of Syracuse.
The training institutes have been selected through the global bidding after necessary technical and financial evaluation of the bids. The estimated cost for three years is Rs.56.70 Crore. The Mid Career Trainings are expected to improve professional skills of IFS officers.