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ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Dheradun, inaugurated a training course on Soil-Water Conservation and Watershed Management for IFS Probationers at Indira Gandhi National Academy Forest Academy, Dehradun, was inaugurated today. It is sponsored by IGNFA, from 12th – 23rd February 2024.

Dr. M Madhu, Director, ICAR-IISWC, in his inaugural address, spoke on the importance of soil-water conservation to sustain national productivity, livelihoods, and food security. He usurped the participants to take advantage of the rich experience of the resource persons.

Dr. Jagmohan Sharma, Director, IGNFA, emphasised the importance of soil, and water resources and urged the IFS probationers to take part actively in the training activities and interact with the resources persons productively to get the maximum benefit out of the training program scheduled especially for them.

Dr. Charan Singh, Head, HRD & SS Division and course coordinator, spoke on the course content and schedule of the training program which is tailor-made to the requirement of IFS probationers. He said, the program includes both indoor sessions and field demonstrations by various subject-matter scientists and technical officers of the Institute.

Dr. M Muruganandam, Principal Scientist and Head (PME &KM) Unit, ICAR-IISWC, spoke about the status of natural resources, challenges confronting their management, and various bio-engineering technologies, models, systems, and concepts associated with soil-water conservation especially watershed prioritization, mass erosion control, water harvesting and recycling, alternate land-use models, and integrated watershed management that would be communicated to the probationers during the schedule.

Dr RK Singh, Head (H&E), was also present during the inauguration.

A total of 120 IFS Probationers attended the inaugural session and are undergoing the special training both at IGNFA and ICAR-IISWC.

(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Dehradun)

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