The Institute of Secretariat Training and Management (ISTM) was established soon after independence in 1948 with the motto “Efficiency and Public Good”. It is an attached office of the Department of Personnel & Training, Government of India. The Institute is mandated to impart cadre to officers of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) and other organised / subsidiary services in the Central Secretariat. CSS officers form the backbone of the Central Government Ministries/Departments and normally hold various positions upto the level of Joint Secretaries. The key responsibilities of the CSS officers include policy formulation, execution, monitoring and review.|
The Institute also provides training support to the State Governments, Union Territory Administration Public Sector Enterprises, Autonomous Bodies and other organizations in specialised and general areas. The Institute is entrusted with the task of providing orientation training to the officers coming on deputation to the Central Government under the Central Staffing Scheme as Deputy Secretary and Directors. The ISTM is the nodal institute for capacity building of Central Government officers for implementation of Right to Information Act. ISTM is the lead institute in the area of Training of Trainers and conducts national and international courses. In addition probationers of IAS, IES. IFS and ICLS attend the short duration training programmes on Central Secretariat Practices.
ISTM also conducts Management Development Programme (MDP) for officers of the level of Deputy Secretary and above of the Govt. Of India. The areas covered are Financial Management,.Management Principles, Good Governance, Knowledge Management, Behavioural Techniques and Cabinet Note preparation in order to orient them towards effective service delivery in the Central Government. Some other activities of the Institute include undertaking research studies, providing consultancy services and development of trainers in training techniques. The Institute also organizes workshops/seminars for SAARC and Commonwealth countries.
The Institute is headed by a Director who is an officer of Senior Administrative Grade in the Government of India and is supported by faculty members and administrative staff.