THE INSTITUTE

            Administrative Training Institute is the apex training institution of the Government of West Bengal. The campus having an area of about 14 acres & located in lush green and pollution-free environs in Bidhan Nagar (Salt Lake), in the district of North 24 Parganas has spacious and aesthetically designed infrastructure.

            ATI was inaugurated by the Chief Minister on 27th April, 1981 stressing:

            “The main point is motivation in work.  The people have got to be motivated.  They will themselves do the work and infuse life in others to work also.”

            The Institute has been providing quality training to officers of All India and State Civil Services, State Government departments and service cadres.  Training programmes are conducted for elected representatives of Panchayat and Municipal bodies as well as for NGO functionaries.  Well-designed and comprehensive training modules lay emphasis on interactive and participatory approach.  In 2008-09 the number of trainees was 2830 in 113 programmes.

CONFERENCE / CLASS-ROOMS :

            ATI now has two air-conditioned venues with proper conferencing facilities, one in the main administrative building for 50 persons and one in the Annex building for 20 people, with LCD projection facilities and audio systems.  7 new classrooms have been created in both the buildings by imaginative use of vacant space.  The total number of classrooms, besides Conference Hall is 11 (7 in the main building and 4 in the Annex).

LIBRARY:

            The ATI Library with almost 25 thousand books is fully computerized.  It is linked to the LBS National Academy of Administration and all other state ATIs electronically.  A reader within the campus can check availability of books and can request for issue of books and journals on the intranet by the click of a mouse from any of the PC terminals.

COMPUTER LABORATORY :

            This Institute has three computer laboratories with the capacity to train 60 trainees at a time.  All the terminals of these laboratories are linked to high speed broadband internet and intranet connections through a common server which also caters to the needs of the faculty members and staff round the clock.

WEBSITES:    

            ATI has got its own websites http://www.atiwb.gov.in or http://www.atiwb.nic.in which are being constantly updated with all sorts of information regarding activities, training programmes etc.  ATI has also introduced a Continuous Learning Programme through its BLOG.  Office rs can share their views and record best practices in administrative activities through this portal.

NATURAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT CENTRE :

            The Natural Disaster Management Unit of ATI set up in the year 1995 & funded by the Government of India conducts regular training programmes, seminars and workshops on natural disaster management, environment and ecology for officials, NGOs and elected representatives of local government bodies.

URBAN MANAGEMENT CENTRE :

            The Centre, set up in collaboration with HUDCO in the year 2000, undertakes training and capacity building in urban management, urban development and related areas. Programmes are conducted for elected representatives and administrative, financial and technical personnel of municipal bodies. Preparation of cases and documentation of best practices are part of the Centre’s activities. In addition, the Centre is also running various training programmes under the Kolkata Urban Services for the Poor and the National Institute of Urban Affairs Financial Institution and Reforms Expansion Debt Component Projects.

REGIONAL TRAINING CENTRES :

            In a significant step towards taking training closer to the work-place, the Institute has been conducting training programmes through ten Regional Training Centres located at the district headquarters of Bardhaman, Paschim Medinipur, Jalpaiguri, Malda, Murshidabad, North 24 Parganas, Darjeeling, Birbhum, Bankura & Nadia. These programmes are co-ordinated by the respective District Magistrates to cater to the needs at the cutting edge of the administration.

            The courses cover administrative and financial rules and procedures, sensitization on accountable and responsive administration and other aspects like community preparedness etc.

Different districts are attached to the RTCs as follows:

RTC Bardhaman

Bardhaman, Hooghly

RTC Jalpaiguri

Jalpaiguri, CoochBehar

RTC Paschim Medinipur

Paschim Medinipur, Purba Medinipur, Purulia

RTC Malda

Malda, Dakshin Dinajpur, Uttar Dinajpur

RTC Murshidabad

Murshidabad

RTC Uttar 24 Parganas

Uttar 24 Parganas, Dakshin 24 Parganas, Howrah

RTC Darjeeling

Darjeeling

RTC Bankura

Bankura      

RTC Birbhum

Birbhum

RTC Nadia

Nadia

The P&AR Department has also been requested to sanction RTCs for the remaining 8 districts {24 Parganas (South), Howrah , Hooghly , Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur, CoochBehar, Purulia and Purba Medinipur}.

GUEST HOUSE :

            ATI has an imposing air-conditioned guest house with 10 seats.

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES:

RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT (2005)  :

State Implementing Agency

Under the Project every State had selected two Districts. Pa schim Medinipur and Malda were the two pilot districts of West Bengal .  ATI as the State Implementing Agency for the Project worked upon all the major project components, viz, Training and Capacity Building, Research and Documentation, Mass Awareness Campaign etc. with special thrust in these two districts and due emphasis in the remaining districts.

State Nodal Agency:

            ATI is also functioning as State Nodal Agency for implementation of a RTI Project of two years’ duration under DoPT, Government of India.

IMPLEMENTATION OF UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT :

            ATI successfully implemented important projects like the UNDP funded Focused Training in Burdwan for Group C & Group D staff of the Collectorate and other Government office,  UNDP’s capacity building project on RTI & UNDP’s capacity building project on poverty alleviation.  Another project named “Training for All” is in the progress in Nadia district.     

            ATI being requested by the Planning Commission has prepared and published a ‘Manual of Training of Trainers for Human Development’ for use in all states.  It has again been requested by UNDP to do the same on ‘Convergence for Implementing Millennium Development Goals.’ Accordingly the module has been developed for pilot run in the seven States of Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar , Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

INNOVATIONS :

            ATI is now a less paper office.  All notes and proposals, except those relating to financial matters, come on the intranet for approval or instruction by the same route.

            New courses have been designed in response to felt needs and persistent requests from departments, such as Effective BDO, Effective SDO and Effective AD M, Financial Management, Basic Leadership skill in Public Administration etc.

            ATI has innovated Case Study Workshops that Govt. of India is funding and the cases developed by the ATI have won high acclaim for use in all state ATIs.

            Since 2004 ATI has brought out 25 publications of its own, known as ATI monographs, in the domain of administrative sciences, magistracy, Right to Information, training methodology and others.  Five more are in the pipeline.  One ATI monograph, published both in English and Bengali, named “Peoples’ Entitlements” has been specially commended at the highest level and is widely in use in the field.

            ATI is publishing its Newsletter again after many years in a new shape and design.