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Probationary Training

PROBATIONARY TRAINING OF INDIAN STATISTICAL SERVICE (ISS)


The probationary training aims at enhancing professional knowledge by providing job oriented skills and building appropriate attitudes and values. We try to achieve these objectives through a harmonious blend of academic and extra – curricular inputs.
The training at the Academy would be organized with the help of in–house faculty besides holding certain modules at other prestigious institutions. Very recently, the ISS training coverage has undergone a paradigm shift with more emphasis on the job training and field attachment. Additional emphasis is also being brought in to make the learning of ‘Official Statistics’ module more interesting - wherein the probationers would be involved in conceptualization of basic concepts and understanding about a particular area/field in detail through class room lectures, internet surfing and intelligent reading / reviewing of journals, magazine, news papers. With a view to augment in the efficacy and ensuring the active involvement, features like Quiz/Debates/Panel Discussions/Experience sharing/ Preparation of Term Papers have been accorded due priority in the training schedule.
ISS probationary training coverage has undergone a paradigm shift with more emphasis on the job training, project and field work.  Accordingly, the two years training programme has been reduced to one and half year training from the year 2011-12 and the remaining period of six months of probation will be for on the job training, where these probationers will be posted to various Ministries. The whole period of one and half  years has been divided into three semesters, each containing more than one structured modules and each semester ends with a written examination. Written examination is compulsory and each probationer needs to pass these examinations with a specified minimum percentage of marks. Presently, two batches of ISS Probationers i.e. 33rd & 34th batches are undergoing training at NSSTA. The probationers of former batch are undergoing on job training in various ministries/departments/organizations and complete their probation by December, 2013 and probationers of latter batch are at present undergoing 88th Foundation Course at Dr. MCR HRD Institute of AP, Hyderabad. A new batch will join during Oct./Nov., 2013.
The details of Batches of ISS Probationers passed out from NSSTA;


Sl. No.

Batch of ISS

No. of
Probationers

Date of Joining

Date of Completion

1.

29th Batch

22

4th February, 2008

3rd February, 2010

2.

30th Batch

7

22nd June, 2009

21st June, 2011

3.

31st Batch

8

19th April, 2010

18th April, 20112

4.

32nd Batch

29

14th February, 2011

13th February, 2013

5.

33rd Batch

38

19th December, 2011

18th December, 2013

6.

34th Batch

31

19th November, 2012

18th November, 2014

7.

35th Batch

  21(expected)

November,2013 (expected)

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Briefly the training will cover the following areas:

  • Fundamentals of Official Statistical System
  • Parliamentary Procedures
  • Office Procedures
  • Advance IT Module
  • Basics of Micro and Macro Economic Theory
  • Official Statistics
  • Index Numbers; Concept of Composite Index; Development Indices
  • Applied Econometrics including Time series Analysis and Forecasting
  • Financial Statistics including Insurance, Tax, Banking, Trade, BOP, Service Statistics
  • Monetary and Fiscal Policy-
  • Poverty and Inequality Estimation Foundation Course
  • Foundation Course
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation ;
  • Sample Survey & Data Processing
  • Report Writing
  • Project Work
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Gender Issues, Gender Statistics and Gender Budgeting
  • Field Attachment
  • On-the-job training

Various Modules under Training Programme for ISS Probationers (34th Batch)


          Semester- I

 

 

 

 

Sl. No.

Modules

Duration (in Weeks)

Venue

Contents

1.

Joining Formalities, Inauguration & acclimatization of the Probationers

1

NSSTA

Functioning of National (MOSPI, NSO, NSC) and International Statistical System : India, UN, etc.

Fundamentals of Official Statistical System

2.

Basic IT Module

1

NSSTA

Introduction to MS Office - MS Word, Mail Merge, MS Power Point, MS Excel, Working with internet and Cyber Security

3.

Official Statistics

8

NSSTA

Area: Agriculture, Economics / Industry, National Accounts, Social statistics (including Education, Health, Environment etc.) - with reference to India.

4.

Index Numbers

 

 

 

1

NSSTA

Overview of the major indices being compiled in India; compilation and method of construction of WPI, CPI, SDI, HDI and GDI; concept of Composite Index ; Hedonic Index Numbers; Malmquist Index; Axiomatic Approach to Price Index Numbers; Implicit Price Deflators in National Accounts

5.

Parliamentary Procedures

1

BPST, New Delhi

The Legislative process, Parliamentary questions and other procedural devices, The budgetary process, Parliamentary privileges, Committee system in Indian Parliament, Visit  to the chambers of Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha , the Central Hall.

6.

Advanced Training in IT

13

NSSTA by CMC Ltd

RDBMS & MS-Access, C++, FoxPro, VB.net, ASP.net;
Project work

7.

Basics of Micro and Macro Economic Theory and its interpretation

 

3

ISI Delhi

Microeconomics: Essentials of Economics, The Market Forces of Supply and Demand, Consumer Behaviour and Rational Choice, Demand Elasticity and Its Applications, Demand Estimation and Forecasting, Production Theory, Cost Analysis, Decision-making  in Competitive Markets, Decision-making  for Firms with Market Power, Pricing Techniques, Game-Theory Applications in Strategic  Decision-Making
Macroeconomics: Orientation to Macroeconomics, Measuring the Value of Economic Activity, Aggregate Demand - The Goods Market and Money Market and the Influence of Monetary and Fiscal Policy on Aggregate Demand, Open Economy, Money and Inflation, Aggregate Supply and the Short-run Tradeoff between Inflation and Unemployment (including case studies from real life situation)

8.

Data Analysis and Interpretation

3

IASRI, Delhi

Module on SPSS, R software using unit level data set.

Semester II

 

9.

Monetary and Fiscal Policy

1

NIPFP, Delhi

Concepts, Interpretation / understanding of Current economic policies; economic indicators for measuring growth, concepts and interpretation

10.

Office Procedure

2

ISTM

Training on Establishment Rules, Leave Rules, TA/DA Rules, Conduct Rules, Vigilance and RTI

11.

Gender Statistics

1

NSSTA

Definition; Gender related issues and concerns; National and International Covenants/Laws; Gender Statistics & Gender Inequality: its relation with internationally accepted indices. Engendering Statistical Offices – mechanism /effective strategy; Gender Statistics in the identified key areas of concern and data gaps Gender Budgeting, Gender Analysis Framework

12.

Communication & Presentation Skill

1

IIPA, New Delhi

Self-awareness & self-development; inter-personal relation dynamics: FIRO-B; communication challenges; active & reflective listening; negotiation skills for Govt. officers; communicating & receiving feedback; public speaking & presentation

13.

Financial Statistics including Insurance, Tax, Banking, Trade, BOP, Service Statistics

1

NIFM, Faridabad

Insurance, Tax, Banking, Trade, BOP, Service Statistics

14.

Applied Econometrics

2

ISEC Bangalore/ ISI Bangalore

Time series Analysis and Forecasting
ARIMA & GARIMA, ARCH & GARCH Models with the help of E- views

15.

Poverty and Inequality Estimation

1

NIRD, Hyderabad

Concepts (national as well as international), Poverty alleviation Programme in India, Estimation of Poverty / Inequality;

16.

Monitoring & Evaluation

1

ASCI, Hyderabad

Monitoring & Evaluation mechanism for different schemes and programmes; concept and method of impact evaluation; practice-based learning ;

17.

Foundation Course

15

MCR, HRD Institute of AP, Hyderabad

Law; Governance, Ethics & Leadership (GEL); Political Economics (PE); Contemporary India and Global Environment (CIGE); Public Administration and Management (PAM); e-Governance.

18.

Feedback/Presentation/Quiz/Group Discussion

1

NSSTA

 

Semester III

19.

Management Module

2

IIM, Lucknow

Developing strategic mindset; managing change and transformation; team building; creativity, innovation and nudges; leadership through India Ethos;

20.

Sample Survey & Data Processing

 

(a)

Sample Survey Methodology & Estimation

2

ISI, Kolkata

Review of Sample Survey methodology; Exposure to new advances like rotation panel survey, network sampling, introduction to small area estimation etc. Linear and nonlinear Estimation procedures with special reference to measuring Survey efficiencies, reliability of estimates (including application of Bootsrap / Jackknife technique).

(b)

Designing and Organizing a large scale sample survey with focus on NSSO surveys

1

SDRD, Kolkata

 

 

Survey Planning – Frame, selection of sampling scheme, sample size; Survey Preparation – Design of questionnaire etc,
Estimation procedure, multipliers

 

(c)

Data Processing and Data Analysis

1

DPD, Kolkata

Data structure of unit level data, mapping, data entry layout & schedule, scrutiny of unit level data, creating tables, imputation of missing data technique;.

(d)

Undertake a project on Sample Survey

3

SDRD, Kolkata

Designing and execution of a small survey by using the knowledge gained during the module at  17(a), (b) and (c)

(e)

Report writing

1

SDRD, Kolkata

 

Understanding the techniques/ layout  of Report writing; literature Review and Documentation to be done before writing a Report with illustration; different stages for writing a structured report(e.g. Title page, Introduction, Abstract, Methodology, Findings, Recommendations, Bibliography etc.); style and Tone to be used; Exercising to write a report with the help of given results / tables.

21.

Attachment with NSSO Field Offices

4

Different Field Offices of NSSO

Organisational set up of FOD, Discussion on Administrative matters with specific reference to FOD and Miscellaneous Surveys with field exposure, Scrutiny of schedule, Control and Management of technical work in FOD.

22.

Attachment with State/ District/ State Statistical Bureau

2

DESs in selected States

Sources of data and gaps in core areas (e.g. Agriculture, Health, Education) in the preparation of District level planning, Monitoring mechanism for Central Sector Schemes and programme, Twenty Point Programme, State Level MDGs, Collection and compilation of Local Level Statistics, IIPs; State Domestic Product

23.

Plan monitoring and Budgeting Process in India

1

NSSTA

Performance management through mentoring; RFD, Preparation of Plan, Outcome Budget, Annual Action Plan, Budget: Concepts and Definitions; Annual Budget and evolving of the Process in India; Deficit Financing in India and its trend; Central Government Budget; Zero base budgeting

24.

Project Work

4

NSSTA

 

25.

Presentation, Feedback & Posting

1

NSSTA

 

Total                                              78 Weeks

 

26.

On-the-job training

Balance of two years (Last one week will be at NSSTA for wrap up.

 

REFRESHER / IN SERVICE TRAINING COURSES FOR ISS OFFICERS

The objective of the in-service refresher training programmes is to expose the officers to the latest developments in the field of official statistics and also at the same time refresh their knowledge with basics of various subjects of official statistics. The entire set of such training has been classified into two groups: a) Mandatory Training and b) Domain specific optional refresher training. The mandatory refresher trainings are exclusively kept for in-service ISS officers, whereas domain specific optional training programmes are meant for statistical officers from ISS Cadre, Central and State Governments, Union Territory Administrations, PSUs and International/Foreign Governments/Agencies.
During 2013-14, the NSSTA would organize the following thirteen (13) training programmes (each of batch size: 15-20 participants). Senior Officers of States/UTs are also eligible for the programmes. There would be 5 Mandatory trainings and 8 Domain Specific Trainings during 2013-14. The details are given in the annexure.

 

 

 

Annexure

Mandatory Training
(Exclusively for ISS Officers)

Course Title

Level   of Officers/
Tentative schedule/ Institute

Content

Management  Module –I I

DD

July 2013
IIM  / MDI, Gurgaon

Comprehensive module covering various aspects of Management  like - (HR, time, stress, financial, change, risk, conflict), Communication, motivation, leadership,  PPP, global economic scenario, etc

Management Module –III

JD-Dir

Aug /Nov. 2013
IIM  / MDI, Gurgaon

Comprehensive module covering various aspects of Management  like - (HR, time, stress, financial, change, risk, conflict), Communication, motivation, leadership, PPP, global economic scenario, etc

Management Module –IV

DDG-ADG

 Sept./ Dec. 2013
IIM  / MDI, Gurgaon

Comprehensive module covering various aspects of Management  like - (HR, time, stress, financial, change, risk, conflict), Communication, motivation, leadership, PPP, global economic scenario, etc

Current Economic Issues-

 

DDG - ADG

Sept 2013
ASCI,  Hyderabad/IIFT Delhi/NIFM Faridabad

Global Economic Scenario, Current Macro Economic Scenario in India, WTO negotiations and impact on India, Development Economics, Global Financial Crisis- Anatomy & Recovery , Environment Economics-clean development mechanism carbon trading etc, Outsourcing issues.

Data Analysis & Report Writing using SPSS or STATA.

DD-Dir

December 2013
Computer Centre  New Delhi

Data Analysis using Package - Creation of data/structure/ entering/storing/updating & organization of data, Simple Statistical Analysis, Descriptive data analysis, generation of simple /complex & customized table reports, regression analysis,  logistic regression, factor /principal component  analysis , Time series Analysis including practical

.

Annexure – ii

Domain Specific Option Based Trainings
( open for all levels of Employees - JTS onwards)
( Also Open for State Govt.’s/ PSU’s & International participants  )

Course Title

Tentative Period

Institute

Content

Duration

Applications of  GIS

 

July 2013

IIRS
Dehradun

Basics of Remote Sensing & Geographical Information System, Spatial Data Bases and their use in Natural Resources Management, Integrated use of Remote Sensing and GIS technology in Agriculture Soils, Remote Sensing & GIS applications  in Land Use & Forestry, Geological Studies, Management of Urban & Rural areas, Water Resources including Ground    Water

One week

Environment Statistics & Natural Resource Accounting

 

July 2013

IIFM, Bhopal

 Evolution of the concept of green GDP, Accounting for depletion of natural resources, clean development & carbon trading, various indices like carbon foot print index, water stress index etc., water  resource accounting etc. modeling of water resources using STELLA, WEAP software.

One week

Research Methods

 

August 2013

   ISI Kolkatta

Nature of data in the field of social research; understanding the statistical techniques and use of appropriate statistical method for analyzing data; familiarizing with various software packages for social sciences; hands-on training in the use of data analysis.

One Week

Monitoring & Evaluation including Impact Assessment

 

Sept, 2013

     1. NIRD Hyderabad
2. Institute of Rural Management, Anand

Monitoring & Evaluation mechanism for different schemes and programmes; concepts & methods of Impact evaluation ; intensive practice – based learning on developing outcome indicators that can be used in concurrent evaluation and in measuring and tracking progress on human development and social policy.

One Week

Gender Statistics

 

Oct 2013

NSSTA

Engendering data, gender Index, Gender & health/education/ policy making, Women & Work, Gender Budgeting , Gender Statistics: Prominent Gap etc, Gender Analysis Frame work

One week

Econometrics

 

Feb 2014

ISI  Kalkota

Regression Analysis, Dummy Independent Variable Model,  Qualitative Response & Limited Dependent variable Model- Probit/logit, Multivariate Analysis- Factor/Principal Component & Time series models , ARIMA, GARMA, ARCH, GARCH, simultaneous equations Model & Panel Data Model etc.

Two  weeks

Planning & Designing of Sample Surveys

 

January,
2014

   SDRD, Kalkota

Review of sample survey techniques, Survey Planning- Frame, selection of sampling scheme, sample size, , Survey Preparation – Design of questionnaire etc, Post Survey Operations- field scrutiny, Computer scrutiny, estimation procedure, multipliers , Report writing  through  Practical experiences of conducting sample surveys

One Week

Poverty Analysis and Mapping

 

February, 2014

 NIRD, Hyderabad

Concepts (national as well as international), Consumer Expenditure Surveys, Estimation of Poverty/ Inequality, Poverty mapping

One week

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REFRESHER TRAINING PROGRAMME (SSS)
       As per the recommendations of the National Statistical Commission (NSC), every Subordinate Statistical Service (SSS) official has to undergo Refresher Training Programmes at a regular interval. Accordingly, a one week Refresher Training Programme has been developed for in-service officials in Subordinate Statistical Service (SSS). The course content of Refresher Training Programmes has been designed by keeping in view of updating their knowledge and understanding the latest developments in the field of official statistics and working with computers. Since its inception on 13th February, 2009, the National Academy of Statistical Administration (NSSTA) has conducted about 50 training programmes in which about 1600 officers of SSS cadre have been trained.
The Training Programme Approval Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary MOSPI has approved 10 refresher training programmes for in-service SSS grade-I officers each of one week duration during 2013-14. This programme includes 5 refreshers training each on “Index Number & Price Statistics” and “Computer Applications.

Training Programme conducted during 2011-12


Training Programme

2011-12

No. of participants

1. Induction Training Programme

6

163

2. Refresher  (Integrated) Training Programme

9

207

             Total No. of Programmes

15

370

.

Training Programmes conducted during 2012-13

Training Programme

2012-13

No. of participants

1.Induction Training Programme

10

403

2. Refresher  (Integrated) Training Programme

3

20

Total No. of Programmes

13

423