Human resource development has always been one of the prime thrust areas of the India Meteorological Department for capacity building and to keep pace with latest trends in various activities of the Department.
The Meteorological Training Institute (formerly CTI) of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) is a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) rated Regional Training Centre (RTC), headed by Deputy Director General of Meteorology (Training), and is situated at a pleasant location at Pashan in Pune. Facilities for meteorological training at Pune and New Delhi have been recognized by the WMO to function as RMTC in all the four main disciplines namely, General Meteorology, Radio-meteorology, Telecommunication and Agro-meteorology.
The Meteorological Training Institute of IMD has a distinguished history dating back to 1942 when it had a humble beginning as an outcome of World War II wherein the need for meteorological training to the personnel working in IMD was acutely felt and, consequently, a formal training course started in that year. In 1943 a full-fledged training school started in Pune, India. Since then this training institute (MTI) has undergone dramatic changes in its training capabilities, composition, objectives, contents, etc, in catering to personnel covering all levels from Class I to Class IV. IMD also opened training centres at New Delhi for Upper Air Instrumentation and Meteorological Telecommunication in mid seventies. Since its inception its mission has always been to achieve excellence in education researcher and service to meteorological community and thereby to the society.
The prime objectives and responsibilities of MTI are :
To provide training to support operational activities
To support career development of IMD personnel
To conduct periodic refresher courses to maintain and enhance job competency
To respond to trends, developments and evolving needs in keeping with the rapid technological and scientific advancements
To improve scientific content of research in IMD
To provide facilities for staff to acquire higher education in the field of meteorology and related sciences
To provide appropriate infrastructure, administrative and managerial, for departmental and extra-departmental examinations
To monitor and evaluate the training processes to determine improvements, changes and corrective measures
To customize and effect quick changes in the curriculum to make it a "State of the Art" course
To function as an effective RMTC for Regional Association II