Central Academy for State Forest Service (CASFOS), Burnihat, under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India, had been established in the year 1976 which was then named as State Forest Service College cum Research Centre (SFS & RC) with the primary objective of imparting professional training to the fresh ACF recruits from different states of the country to produce competent forest managers and also to conduct research work in forestry and bio-diversity rich North Eastern states of the country. Subsequently in September 1988 the then SFS&RC was rechristened as State Forest Service College (SFSC) and further on 14.08.2009 the erstwhile SFSC has been again rechristened as Central Academy for State Forest Service (CASFOS) by the Government of India. CASFOS Burnihat is one of the three academies working under the Director Forest Education, Dehradun who also controls all three CASFOS i.e. situate as Burnihat, Dehradun and Coimbatore besides Central Academy of Forest Education (earlier called as Eastern Forest Rangers College) Kurseong which is also under the same ministry in the Government of India. As on date this Academy is the only Academy dealing with Forestry in the entire North East area imparting induction training to officers at the level of Assistant Conservator of Forests and Range Officers.
The Academy is situated about 21 kms away from Guwahati Railway Station and about 40 kms away from Guwahati Airport. The Academy is spread over an area of about 24 hectares which is spread on either side of the NH 40. The Assam side land measuring about 19 hectares falls in Kamrup district and the remaining 5 hectares on the Meghalaya side falling under Ribhoi district. The main administrative building of the Academy and hostel are located on Assam side. The Academy, since its inception and till date has trained about 530 ACF rank officers and 400 plus Range Officers. In both the cases officers from almost all the states of India have availed the training services provided by the Academy.
ALLOTMENT OF SEATS
Seats are allotted to the Academy by the Director, Directorate of Forest Education, Dehradun. The Directorate of Forest Education also provides the technical guidelines for Range Officer Academies/Colleges which are run and managed by the State Governments. All issues related to training of SFS and Range Forest Officers across India are dealt with as per Govt. of India Entrance and Training Rules (Revised) 2004 as amended from time to time.
The Academy has sanctioned posts for faculty (core forestry) level postings including the Principal. All the faculty posts are deputation posts which are normally filled by senior IFS officers.