BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
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The officers and members of staff joining the organisation have varying degrees of academic qualification in Physics, Mathematics, Electronics and Meteorology. To make these new entrants capable of performing their assigned duties efficiently, it is necessary to train them appropriate to their professional level. Towards this end, regular training courses in Meteorology, Agrometeorology, Met. Instrumentation, Telecommunication and Computer Data Processing are organized at Pune and New Delhi.

EVOLUTION OF TRAINING:

An organized training school started functioning at Pune by 1943-1944. In 1952 a modest training programme in Radiosonde and Radar was started at New Delhi. In 1962 a regular Radiosonde and Radio-meteorological Training Centre was established which now functions at the offices of Deputy Director General of Meteorology (Upper Air Instruments). A Training Centre for Telecommunication was established in 1977 at New Delhi with a view to import training in Meteorological Telecommunication procedures and mainenance of telecommunication equipments. The status of the Training School at Pune was raised to that of a Directorate in 1969 and it has now grown into a full-fledged Central Training Institute. In 1979 a small training Unit was sanctioned for the Division of Agrometeorology.
In recent years years the department has decentralized the training by conducting the Elementary Course at three centres, viz., New Delhi (1973), Calcutta (1975) and Madras (1984) and Intermediate Course at New Delhi (1982) for meeting the growing need of trained personnel. In the year 1980 a new training course was introduced for the direct recruit Trainee Meteorologist Grade II.
The training centres at Pune and New Delhi are functioning in the IMD campus. They are well equipped with sophisticated audio-visual aids and library facilities.

INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION:

Facilities for meteorological training at Pune and New Delhi have been recognized by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) as the Regional Meteorological Training Centre (RMTC) in all the four main disciplines namely, General Meteorology, Radiometeorology, Telecommunication and Agrometeorology. Foreign students also receive short duration courses in Computer Programming, Data Processing, Radiation measurements, Maintenance of Surface and Upper Air Instruments and Satellite Data interpretation. These training courses are organized keeping in view the knowledge and background of the trainees and their specific requirements. Candidates nominated by the Meteorological Services of other countries have been trained here from time to time.

COURSES:

At present the following professional courses are conducted.

    • Basic course of   4 months duration for Meteorological Observers in General Meteorology and Telecommunication.
    • Intermediate course of  6 months duration in General Meteorology, Telecommunication and Instrumentation.
    • Advanced course of one year duration in Meteorology for Asistants Meteorologist Grade II and above.
    • Advanced course of 6 months duration in Meteorological Telecommunication for Asistants Meteorologist Grade II and above.

Advanced Refresher Course of one or two week duration as to continue education for departmental scientist and extra-departmental candidate sponsored by organisations and universities. Recent developments in important areas are chosen as subjects for the courses.