The Academy Complex
The training classes are held in the main building comprising of an administrative unit, faculty rooms, lecture halls, library, seminar room, computer lab, GIS Lab, multipurpose practical lab, exam hall, a reprographic unit and a gymnasium.
The Academy has an old and well-equipped computer lab. The computer lab has an internet connection along with a rich inventory of necessary hardware and softwares. Hardwares include printers, scanners, servers, CD writers, video projection systems etc. The trainees are free to use the computer lab at any time outside the lecture hours.
The Academy has a well-equipped GIS lab, set up under JICA funding. It has 20 Desktop computers with LCD Monitors having the latest configuration like Core-i5 processor, Windows 7 operating system and MS Office 2007 along with internet connectivity. In addition, ERDAS Imagine and ARC GIS softwares are installed in the computers. The GIS Lab also has Overhead Projector, Plotter and Scanner.
The Academy Library
The Academy library boasts as one of the oldest forest libraries in the country. Its collections include rich and very old books, periodicals and reports of pre-independence era. Besides, this library has vast resource material on various fields of forestry, allied subjects and also non-forestry disciplines. These include books, bound volumes, journals, maps, reports, slides, audio-video CDs, state wise materials, compendiums, encyclopedia, etc.
The library subscribes to 1 journals - Indian Forester, 14 magazines, 3 newsletters and 6 daily newspapers. Needless to mention, regular purchase of latest books on varied subjects from forestry sector as well as on other allied subjects is never compromised.
The following services are available in the Academy library:
While the trainees use the library resources to supplement and further enrich the learning’s from the classroom lectures, the resources are also effectively utilized by our faculty to prepare courseware for the trainees.
Physical training & Sports
The Academy has a beautiful playground and a very well equipped gymnasium of its own. The infrastructural facilities for sports include football, hockey, volleyball, basketball, cricket, tennis, table tennis and athletics. The Academy has a modem gymnasium with equipment for weight training and other exercises. The indoor facilities in the Academy include table tennis, badminton and chess.
Early morning PT and evening outdoor games are compulsory for all OTs during weekdays while at head quarters. During the compulsory games period in the afternoon, the OTs play football, hockey, volleyball & badminton depending on the schedule. Besides the compulsory games period, the Academy also offers other games such as chess, weightlifting, athletics etc.
The Academy has two hostels viz. North and South Hostels for the accommodation of the trainees. The North Hostel is a two-storied building having capacity of 30 in the ground floor and 50 in the first floor. The Ground floor has single-seated rooms with attached toilet where the lady officer Trainees are given preference. The first floor rooms are single-seated rooms with a common toilet. It is equipped with Television, Lounge, Mess and geysers.
The South Hostel is also a two-storied building having 15 rooms in the Ground floor and 35 rooms in the first floor. The rooms in the Ground floor are double occupancy with attached toilets which are used to accommodate in-service SFS officer trainees. The first floor has 8 rooms with attached toilet recently renovated under JICA funding which is utilized for accommodating Guest Resource persons from outside. The remaining rooms in first floor are single-seated with common toilet where OTs are accommodated.
It is compulsory for all the Officer Trainees (OTs) to stay in the hostel. OTs are not allowed to keep their families in the hostel.
The officers Mess is run by the trainees and is situated in the hostel premises. The Mess Committee is elected and it functions under the overall guidance of Vice¬ President Mess, who is a faculty member nominated by the Principal, CASFOS. Every OT becomes a regular member of the Mess. The Mess provides a forum for formal and informal interactions during dinners and get together.
There is a hospital for outdoor and indoor cases at New Forest. While at headquarters, the OTs receive medical attention and treatment at the New Forest Hospital or may be referred to one of the government hospitals in the town.
OTs are advised not to make any private arrangements for medical attention and treatment. On tours common medicines for casual illness are supplied to the OTs from the camp medicine chest carried by the Duty Officer. The faculty-in-charge also makes every possible arrangement for regular medical attention in case of need.