About Us

Any ambitious programme of afforestation and sustainable forest resource management needs a cadre of motivated well trained personnel who should be able to take new challenges in forestry sector. This would necessitate sufficient infrastructure training facilities and resource personnel. Such an endeavour would entail the development of modern facilities. Up to date technology in plantation management imparts forest resource utilization skills and cost effective management practices to users of different level. The availability of trained personnel in forestry is very low in the country at present. The apathy amongst people towards sector is primarily due to low awareness about the problems of forest resource management. An independent centre for human resource development attending to specialized practical training in forestry sector with special emphasis on excellence in nursery and plantation technology was therefore an urgent necessity.

Situated in Madhya Pradesh, heart land of India , Forest Research Centre for Skill Development established at Chhindwara is one of the centre of Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Dehradun. It has unique distinction of being the first centre of its kind in Asia for the development of human resource in forestry sector leading towards the poverty alleviation. Central plateau of India is dominated by tribal population who are mainly dependent on forestry resource. Shortage of water, energy, employment and climatic change due to deforestation is resulting into environmental degradation and causing great concern in this area. To cater the specific needs of central India in relation to development of specialized human resource through training in different advanced forestry technology, the centre has been located in the most representative district of Chhindwara. Honourable Minister of Environment and Forest , Government of India has laid the foundation stone of the institute on 30th March 1995 .

The centre is located on Chhindwara-Panchmari state highway, 8 kms from Chhindwara town at Poama village. Chhindwara is well connected by road, Nagpur (125 km), Jabalpur (215 km) and Bhopal (280km). In additional it has rail linkage also. A functional air strip along with helipad is also located at Chhindwara.

The centre promises of great help in upgrading the forestry skills to the local as well as the people all over the country and even abroad in increasing their income levels through self employment and better utilization of environmental opportunity.


  • Eco-restoration of Vindhyan, Satpura and Maikal hills and Western Ghats

  • Poverty alleviation through human resource development  

  • Research and demonstration in agroforestry models

  • Research in non-wood forest products

  • Identification of seed production areas and plus trees, establishment of seed orchards; and production of quality planting material of selected species for improving forest productivity

  • Provenance trials of teak, bamboo, neem, sissoo, safed siris etc.

  • Research on biofertilizers and biopesticides

Thrust Areas

  • Non-wood forest products

  • Nursery techniques of forest species and medicinal plants

  • Genetics and tree improvement

  • Human resource development

Jurisdiction: Forests & forestry sectors in central India comprising of the states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Orissa

Contact Address:

Forest Research Centre for Skill Development: It is a satellite centre of Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur (M.P.).

Scientist-In Carge

Forest Research Centre for Skill Development
Post: Kundalikala,  Poama Depot, Parasia Road
Chhindwara-480001, Madhya Pradesh

Contact Phone Numbers:   

Phone No. +91 - 7162 - 254463, 254473, 220354

FAX: +91-7162-254463

E-Mail: head_cfrhrd@icfre.gov.in, accounts_cfrhrd@icfre.gov.in


Parent Institute: 

Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur  

P.O.: R.F.R.C., Mandla Road,

Jabalpur (M.P.) - 482 021

 E-Mail: dir_tfri@icfre.gov.in

web: http://tfri.icfre.gov.in


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