The Institute of Secretariat Training and Management (ISTM), is a Central Training Institute for civil employees, directly managed by the Department of Personnel and Training, under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India. The Institute is headed by Director, who is an officer of the Central Secretariat Service of the rank of Joint Secretary to Government of India.
The Institute of Secretariat Training and Management (ISTM) formally came into being in May, 1948, which was known at that time as the “Secretariat Training School”. The present title of the Institute as “Institute of Secretariat Training and Management” or ISTM, in short, was awarded later with the motto “Efficiency and the Public Good”. The mandate of the Institute is to impart training to officers of Central Secretariat Service (CSS), Central Secretariat Stenographers Service (CSSS) and officers of other organised/subsidiary services functioning in the Central Secretariat. CSS officers form the backbone of the Central Government Ministries/Departments and normally hold various positions up to the level of Joint Secretaries.
The key responsibilities of the CSS officers include policy formulation, execution, monitoring and review. ISTM conducts domain specific courses/workshops for participants from different countries in collaboration with Ministry of External Affairs. Short term International training programmes on “Training Techniques”, “Financial Management”, are conducted in the Institute under India Technical Cooperation Programmes (ITEC)/SCAAP programmes. ISTM organized interactive meetings/sessions with delegation from developing countries like Afghanistan, Vietnam, Thailand, China Bhutan etc. to exchange training experiences and explore areas for collaboration with these countries. ISTM arranges suitable training courses for Indian Officers in foreign Universities and Management Institutes.