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The Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD), established in April 1970, is a National level Professional & Non-profit society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. It has a large membership of individuals and institutions involved in the area of training and HRD from government, public and private sector Organisations & Enterprises, educational and training Institutions and other Professional Bodies. The society is affiliated to the International Federation of Training and Development Organisations (IFTDO), USA and Asian Regional Training and Development Organisations (ARTDO), Manila.
ISTD organises Training Programs, all over the country both at Chapter and National Levels. The programs cover selected areas of HRD with special emphasis on Training of Trainers, Training Goals & Objectives and Training Tools & Technologies. A very large number of Public and Private Sector Organisations, Training Institutions Central and State Government participate in these programs, some of which have been held in collaboration with Planning Commission, Bureau of Public Enterprises and the Training Division of Department of Personnel, Government of India.
The Society publishes a Quarterly Journal, Indian Journal of Training and Development. ISTD Diploma in Training & Development is a correspondence course of 18 months duration (one year of course work followed by internship of six months duration). The Diploma is recognised by the Government of India for recruitment to superior posts.
ISTD has its headquarters in New Delhi and has 44 regional Chapters throughout the country. The National council is headed by a President at the apex level and each local Chapter has a Managing committee headed by a Chairman and assisted by other office bearers and functional committees. The Jamshedpur Chapter was formed in the year 1987 under the Patronage of Mr. Saroj J Gandhi. Mr. Ramanujam was elected as the first Chairman and Mr S Sengupta was the first Secretary of the Jamshedpur Chapter.