"To develop the Institute into a Centre of Excellence for Capacity Building and Training"
"To create an Institutional framework to impart training for enhancement of performance of public servants through up gradation of their knowledge and skills and transforming their attitude to have strong commitment, public responsiveness and accountability towards citizens."
Meghalaya Administrative Training Institute (MATI) was established in the year 1990 with the primary objective of imparting in-service training to the State Government officials. The priority area at the time of establishment of MATI was to conduct intensive Group ‘A’ & Group ‘B’ training for the dealing assistants of the Meghalaya Civil Secretariat, since their training was linked to promotion and confirmation vide OM No. PER (AR) 163/81/29 dated 23/02/1982. For want of a training Institute, there was a huge backlog of assistants to be trained, examined and promoted to higher posts.
However, a bigger challenge than this, awaited the state of Meghalaya – after attaining the independent Statehood in1972 and with change of the State Capital, the Assam Administrative Staff College was shifted to Guwahati, creating a void of training institute in the State. Modest attempts were made by the Government of Meghalaya through the establishment of the Meghalaya Secretariat Training School under the Secretariat Administrative Department (Training) vide OM No. PER (AR) 269/77/6 dated 01/07/1978 for training of Lower Division Assistants, working in the Offices of Head of Departments in Office Procedures, Rules and manuals etc.
All this while, no focused inputs in form of formal training programmes were given to the State Government officials, resulting in deterioration in the working knowledge of basic rules and regulations, Office Procedures, financial matters etc. Also with ever changing times and needs, capacity building of the government functionaries to cope up with increasing demand for efficient and effective public service delivery with service-oriented work culture remained a challenge.
With this backdrop amidst all challenges, MATI started organising and conducting various training programmes since 1990, under the leadership of Sh. S. K. Agnihotri, IAS, Commissioner of training. Other prominent officers who graced the post of Director were Sh. W.M.S Pariat, IAS, Sh. C. D. Kynjing, Sh. P. Kharkongor, IAS, and Smti R. V. Suchiang, IAS.
From 2012 onwards, MATI is functioning under the able guidance of Smti . R. V. Suchiang, IAS as Director General and Sh. D. Vijay Kumar, IAS & Sh. A. Bhagotia, IAS & Smti. Sarika Aggarwal Synrem, IDAS as Director. Shri Ram Kumar S, IAS, has assumed the charge as Director MATI w.e.f. November, 2020.
MATI is involved in designing, conducting and organizing various training programmes, workshops, seminars, conferences, Panel discussions etc. based on the training needs analysis of various stakeholders.
Initially, the Institute focused on providing basic training inputs on subjects viz. Office Procedures, Financial Matters, Group ‘A’ & ‘B’ trainings for career advancement to state government officials. However, with evolving times and needs, a variety of subjects viz. Decentralised Planning, Gender Budgeting, Health and Hospital Management, Disaster Management, RTI trainings, Human Rights issues with focus on marginalised groups, Citizen’s Charter, Legal provisions and Justice Delivery, Domestic Violence etc. gained precedence.
Also, special coverage of areas like Ethics & Values in Good Governance, e-Governance, Leadership Skills, Personality Development, Structured Induction Trainings, In-service trainings, Capacity Building for Poverty Reduction etc. is given to bring about the right attitudinal orientation towards the users of goods & services provided by the government.
Progressive shift is also made by organising various in-situ/decentralised training programmes right upto the block and village cluster level and the domain of target groups has enlarged to include Government functionaries of both State and Central Government, non-governmental organisations, youth groups, traditional heads, women groups etc., emphasizing on the motto of “Training for All”.
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