Training is an essential component in the overall strategy of efficient and cost
effective service. The need for training of personnel to face the new and
emerging task of planning and development and achievement of social economic
objectives has been emphasised in successive five years plans. The
training sector has been given a new impetus and focus during the last few years
and the emphasis has been to evolve a new administrative set up with stress on
competence, commitment and performance. The Estimates Committee also in its 78th
Report presented to Lok Sabha on 25.4.1989 had observed that " Training is a
strong motivating force and the most important aspects of motivation is the
perspective that the Organisation provides an opportunity for individual
development". The Committee emphasised the importance of the systematic
training and suggested that the Organisation should undertake the systematic and
purposeful training to all officers in the department as this will go a long way
in toning up the employees and improving their application to work to the
benefit of both employees and Organisation.
The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation having recognised the need for
training its personnel so as to provide trouble free service to its members, set
up an Apex Institution namely, the National Academy for Training &
Research in Social Security [NATRSS] at New Delhi in October, 1990. Till
March, 1992, it was operating from the Head Office of the Employees' Provident
Fund Organisation. The National Academy was shifted to hired premises in
April, 1992 is now functioning from its own building at 30-31, Institutional
Area, Janak Puri, New Delhi – 110 058.
The National Academy for Training & Research in Social Security has a two-tier
structure. The Apex Institute is situated at New Delhi, which caters to
the needs of Human Resource Development of Group ‘A’ officers as well as
undertaking research and development activity. The second tier consists of
Zonal Training Institutes which carry out similar functions at the Zonal level
for field formations of the Organisation. There are at present four Zonal
Training Institutes under the administrative control of the National Academy
Zonal Training Institute, North Zone at Faridabad covering
regions namely Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Union Territory Chandigarh,
Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Head Office.
Zonal Training Institute, South Zone at Chennai covering
Regions namely Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Zonal Training Institute, East Zone, Calcutta covering
Regions namely Bihar, West Bengal and Andaman Nicobar Islands and
Zonal Training Institute, West Zone at Ahmedabad covering
Maharashtra and Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan regions.
Apart from above, a Sub-Zonal Training Institute, East Zone has been set
up at Shillong to impart training to staff working in North Eastern States.
National Academy overseas the functioning of the Zonal Training Institutes and
it is responsible for training in-put and support to the management cadre in the
Organisation. National Academy also invites participants from other sister
Coal Mines Provident Fund
Employees' State Insurance Corporation
Assam Tea Plantations Provident Fund
Seamen's Provident Fund
Jammu & Kashmir Provident Fund
The National Academy also conducts International Training Programmes for
officers from other developing countries. It has already conducted four
International Programmes for Officers from Afghanistan, Nigeria, Tanzania and
Nepal. National Academy is also contemplating to hold seminars for
participants from other developing countries in the Asia-Pacific Region in
consultation with International Social Security Association.
The Training Wing at the National Academy as well as
at Zonal Training Institutes co-ordinates the designing and mounting of training
courses on a uniform basis for personnel in the Organisation in different cadres
The supervisory and
The operative levels.
It is intended that all personnel, at appropriate points of time, would be given
necessary training exposure through induction courses, in-service courses and
specialised courses/workshops in order to upgrade their professionalism and
skills in discharging their functions in the field. Since the
Organisation has undertaken modernisation of its operations by induction of
computer support, training wings at the National Academy as well as the Zonal
Training Institutes would have the necessary hands-on training facility for
personnel at different levels in the use and management of computer facilities.
Such facilities are at present available at National Academy and Zonal Training
Institute, South Zone at Chennai.
The building of the National Academy at Janak Puri, New Delhi is a
self-contained training institute with excellent hostel facilities. The
National Academy is expected to be fully commissioned during this year. The
infrastructural facilities are being developed comparable to the best training
institutes in the country. Three training programmes can be run
simultaneously therein after it is fully furnished and equipped. Zonal
Training Institute, South Zone at Chennai has started functioning from its own
campus. It has capacity of running two training programmes simultaneously.
The construction of the building of Zonal Training Institute of East Zone at
Calcutta is at final stage. The construction work of Zonal Training
Institutes, West Zone and North Zone is at various stages of preparation of
drawings and estimates by the Construction Agencies.
The courses mounted by the National Academy at New Delhi for Group 'A' Officers
fall broadly under the following categories:
Foundational Programmes : For directly
recruited/departmental promotee Assistant Provident Fund Commissioners
Refresher In-Service Programmes:
For Asstt. Provident Fund Commissioners and Regional Provident Fund
Specialised Programmes: On Social Security
Administration, General Administration, Financial Administration, Computer and
Behavioural Sciences etc.
The courses mounted at the Zonal Training Institutes
broadly fall under the following categories :
Induction Courses: For newly appointed Lower
Orientation /Refresher Courses: For Upper Division
Clerks, Section Supervisors, Enforcement Officers /Assistant Accounts Officers.
The National Academy had the privilege of providing cross country experience
sharing to officers from Karamchari Sanchaya Kosh, Nepal who participated in the
training programme on 'Social Security Administration. The
Central Provident Fund Commissioner & Dean of the National Academy provided
orientation to the directly recruited Assistant Provident Fund Commissioners.
The emphasis during this year has been on “Service to Members-Grievances
Handling, Image Building, ‘Organisational Development/Behavioural Interventions’
and ‘Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995. As many as four national
workshops/seminars for Board of Trustees and senior executives of exempted
establishments were held during 1998-99 in National Academy.
The National Academy had the privilege of having the experts services of eminent
faculties in various programmes like Padamshri Harmandar Singh, (Retd.),
Ex-Regional Director, International Social Security Association, Shri R.K.A.
Subramanya, IA&AS, former Additional Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Lieutenant
General S.S. Apte, Shri Surendra Nath, IAS, former Chief Labour Commissioner,
Shri Samar Chakraborty, Member, Central Board of Trustees, Employees' Provident
Fund, Shri S.L.Passi, Chairman, National Commission on Labour Standards, besides
senior officers of the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation. The
feedback given by the participants indicated that the training programmes were
excellent both in contents and quality.
INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SECURITY ASSOCIATION
Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation is an affiliate member of the
International Social Security Association (ISSA). The Association was
founded in 1927 with the aim to:
Co-ordinate internationally, and
Intensify efforts for the protection, development and
promotion of Social Security through out the world.
ISSA provides its member institutions with an ideal forum for pooling of
information experience. It organises international technical meetings,
round table conferences and seminars on development of Social Security and also
regional training programs.
In recognition of the important role played during the past three years
and the major technical input in form of a report on “Future Directions of
Provident Funds” in the Sixteenth Meeting of the Permanent Committee on
Provident Funds, India is retained as Chairman of the Permanent Committee for
another three years (1999-2001).
International Social Security Association Bureau in its last meeting held at
Marrakech (Morocco), unanimously elected Shri R.S.Kaushik, the then Central
Provident Fund Commissioner, Chairperson of the Technical Commission on
Provident Funds and Allied Schemes and representative for the countries of Asia
and Pacific on the Advisory Board of the President in recognition of his
valuable contribution in the area of Social Security in Asia and Pacific