IT & GIS Discipline
Forest Informatics Division of FRI was established in May 2008, which was initially named as “Bioinformatics and GIS division”. The division hosts DBT funded “Bioinformatics Centre” from where the name of the division “Forest Informatics” was derived and the division was renamed as Forest Informatics Division integrating the GIS works in year 2009. Currently the division has Bioinformatics Centre, Information Technology Cell and Geomatics Centre which caters the needs of various ongoing projects related to information technology, GIS/RS based research and supports the educational and development activities of institute. The Bioinformatics centre was established under a DBT funded project- ‘Creation of Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facility for Biology Teaching’. The Information Technology Cell functions as central service providing agency in the Information & Communication Technology domain. The development of Geomatics centre was initiated in the Forest Soil & Land Reclamation Division in 2006 which was further transferred and merged with Forest Informatics Division in the year 2009. Presently, the Forest Informatics division hosts state-of-art laboratories cum class room or Bioinformatics and Geomatics at this division in the magnificent main building of FRI. Since its establishment the division has been catering essential services related to Biodiversity informatics, RS-GIS and IT for research, education, training and extension. The division provides all necessary support services in Bioinformatics/IT and GIS-RS domain to all divisions of FRI, ICFRE, FRI University and other associated organisations in various on-going research projects.