Training and capacity building to increase efficiency and talent forms the fundamental principle in the development of an institution. The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has been training all its newly recruited geologists through orientation courses by imparting field training at many of its field centers distributed across the country covering the mighty Himalaya, Aravalli, picturesque Gondwana, and eastern, northern, central, western southern and northeastern India. As to the necessity of integration of various policies and activities in the mineral sector and also to prepare the nation for the changing mineral and metal scenario/demand, the trainings are being upgraded and re-oriented in both direction and magnitude to explore and optimally utilize the finite mineral resources in the country.
The GSI is the third oldest survey organization in the World, that promotes capacity building by turning out thoroughbred professionals, specialists and fundamental researchers in all fields of geosciences and allied areas both within the department and outside.
Established in 1976, with headquarters in Central India (Raipur) with an intent of providing Induction training to the new incumbents of the Department, GSI Training Institute (GSITI) has expanded its operation across different geological terrains of the country by diversifying its activities over last four decades by establishing Field Training Centers (FTC), and in the process has shifted its Headquarters (HQ) to Hyderabad during 1982.
In order to meet the emerging challenges in the mineral sector, the High Power Committee (HPC), while constituting the Missions of Geological Survey of India, recommended modification and changes in the policies and programmes of the Training Institute in March, 2009. The core of those recommendations under Mission – V: Training and Capacity Building is to improve the entire geoscience sector through training, in addition to catering to the needs of GSI. It also emphasized the opportunities for training and scope for further improvement in both administration and technical skill development in the sectors in which GSI may have a key responsibility.
GSITI presently comprises of TI Headquarters at Hyderabad, six Regional Training Divisions (RTDs) and four Field Training Centers (FTCs). RTD Southern Region is linked with TI HQ, Hyderabad and the other RTDs are linked with respective Regional offices of GSI; e.g. Northern Region, Lucknow; Western Region, Jaipur; Eastern Region, Kolkata; Central region, Nagpur and North Eastern Region, Shillong. These RTDs cater to the training requirement of regional technical and administrative aspects. Four Field Training Centers (FTCs) are at Zawar in Rajasthan, Chitradurga in Karnataka, Raipur in Chhattisgarh and Kuju in Jharkhand, which are specially created for advancing the training in region and domain specific filed aspects.
Besides the primary responsibilities of developing Training Policy, Coordination and setting up of programme goals, GSITI conducts Specialized and International Courses at its TI Headquarters / RTDs on region-specific geo-scientific topics and need based capsule courses for earth scientists within and outside the department.
As per the directives of Ministry of Mines, GSITI has been playing a major role in conducting the BHUVISAMVAD programme as a platform to facilitate interaction among the GSI professionals, student / faculty of various universities / colleges in the country.
Besides, running regular courses for the needs of Group-A Technical officers, the GSITI also conducts programmes and capsule courses for the DGMs of different States and other stakeholders keeping pace with the technological advancements, societal needs and also in tune with National Mineral Exploration Policy-2016.
Based on the training needs with a philosophy of 'training for all'; GSITI devises curricula, for various layers of management in the fields of administration, financial matters, personnel management, material management, information technology and conducts the same without compromising on the quality. In consonance with the identified thrust areas of the department and policies of Government of India, several programmes are on the anvil as listed below
The institute has a facility of hostel accommodation for the trainees as well a guest house for the visiting faculties in its premises. It has a number of class rooms, conference hall and auditorium with capacity of 270 to host trainings and workshops.
Open Gym facility, Yoga room and indoor games like table tennis and playground for the recreation activities are available for the participants.
Interested institutions can go through the annual Training Calendar or monthly Training at a Glance in the OCBIS (www.gsi.gov.in) and file application for attending the course.
Training Course for State and Central Government officers are conducted on cost free basis.
GSITI, with its extensive field and laboratory support, has dedicated core and guest faculty and inrope the services of the best in the field in the country.
GSITI welcomes all to enjoy the experience of learning in the most congenial atmosphere.