Fourth year in a row, Maxwell welcomes India’s Senior Foresters



For the fourth consecutive year, Maxwell is pleased to welcome a delegation of over 34 high-level administrators from the Indian Forest Service (IFS). The IFS group that visited Syracuse this September was part of a two-week educational program that combined forestry and public policy skills. This was the second IFS delegation to successfully complete their mid-career training program at Maxwell this year.

The IFS Phase V Mid-Career Training Program is targeted toward senior IFS officers with approximately 24 to 28 years of service. The Environmental Policy Program focuses on developing an understanding of changes in environmental policy making: comparative studies of forestry management, leadership development, and management training strengthened the IFS officers skills in domestic and international policy implementation.

The Maxwell School of Syracuse University partnered with the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIMB), SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and the University of British Columbia to deliver multiple mid-career training programs for these senior IFS officials.

Their time in the U.S. was first concentrated on sessions led by academics, forestry practitioners, and policy makers who were able to share their experience of various policy processes. The IFS delegation then traveled to Watkins Glen Park to meet with the U.S. Forest Service, visited the Finger Lakes National Forest Office Facility, and met with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge.

The IFS group also traveled to the Adirondacks to learn about the roots of the great conservation movement in U.S. history. After visiting the Catskills to review the working arrangement of the NYC watershed, the IFS officers traveled to Washington D.C. to meet their counterparts in the U.S. Forest Service. The program came to a conclusion at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy in Dehradun, India.


Please visit Maxwell & India website for more information.