Foundation courses are arranged for direct recruit officers to orient them for their new duties. The underlying aim is to educate them in government laws, rules and regulations, policies and functioning, as also to foster greater co-operation and co-ordination among various categories of officers by building an environment of togetherness and team spirit. These programs are offered to IAS, GAS Class-1, Mamlatdar, Taluka Development Officers, Accounts cadre officers and gazetted officers of various departments such as Sachivalaya cadre, Agriculture, Cooperation etc. It is mandatory for the entry level officers to undergo this training.
EDPs (Executive Development Programs)
In order to excel at work, it is necessary to be physically and mentally healthy and sport an optimistic attitude. It is also important to be abreast of the times. SPIPA offers 'soft skills' courses to help government officials better their personality and cope with their duties in a more positive way. The aim is to develop an efficient and vibrant public administration system by instilling its executives with skills of professionalism, the ability to cope with change and efficient workplace management.
SPIPA achieves this by offering a variety of executive development training modules in three major areas, viz. Public Administration, Financial Management and Change Management. It also conducts short term programs of 3-5 days duration related to Information and Media, Disaster Management, Communication Skills etc. for the all round development of government employees. Considerable focus is given to new managerial techniques and modern tools, methods and technology.
Government of India sponsored programs
Sponsored by various departments of the Government of India, such as the Department of Personnel & Training, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Ministry of Rural Development and the Ministry of Urban Development, these programs are in the nature of in-service training and cater to multiple needs of central government employees.
Personality development, stress management, management of change etc. are some of the important topics addressed under these courses.
CCC + Training
The Government of Gujarat has made the Certificate Course on Computer Concepts (CCC+) training compulsory for its officers to remain at par with changing trends in Information Technology. In order to expose government officials to the latest in the field of Information & Communications Technology (ICT), SPIPA offers training in CCC+, GSWAN and other computer related programs. These courses are aimed at enhancing organizational efficiency by making optimum use of information technology and computers.
Customized Training Programs
SPIPA offers tailor made training courses, seminars and workshops to meet the specific requirements of government offices. The programs are designed after a preliminary training needs analysis, jointly conducted by the department/office concerned and representatives of SPIPA. The underlying idea behind this endeavor is to help each department realize its full potential through targeted inputs. Private Banks, NGOs, and private institutions can also avail of these specialized programs.
Training in effectively implementing the RTI Act
This training program for capacity building of government officers as information providers has been devised for realizing the spirit of the Right to Information Act, 2005. SPIPA is renowned not only within the state of Gujarat but also at the national level as a strong authority in this area. The core faculties of SPIPA are actively involved in imparting training to Public Information Officers and Appellate Authorities on various aspects of the RTI Act. The State Government gives SPIPA separate annual grant for this activity.
The State Government has notified SPIPA as the institution for conducting departmental examinations. These examinations fall under three major categories:
- Pre-service examinations as part of training of directly recruited gazetted officers
- Departmental exams for promotions
- Exams for CCC+
In addition, SPIPA also conducts examinations for many government offices for their recruitment purposes.