Human resource development has always been one of the prime
thrust areas of the India Meteorological Department for capacity building and to
keep pace with latest trends in various activities of the Department. The
Meteorological Training Institute (formerly CTI) of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) is a World Meteorological
Organization (WMO) rated Regional Training Centre (RTC), headed
by Deputy Director General of Meteorology (Training), and is situated at a
pleasant location at Pashan in Pune. IMD is the national meteorological and
hydrological service of the country and the principal government agency in all
matters relating to Meteorology, Seismology and allied subjects. Facilities for
meteorological training at Pune and New Delhi have been recognized by the WMO to
function as RMTC in all the four main disciplines namely, General Meteorology,
Radio-meteorology, Telecommunication and Agro-meteorology.
The Meteorological Training Institute of IMD has a distinguished history dating back to 1942 when it had a humble beginning as an outcome of World War II wherein the need for meteorological training to the personnel working in IMD was acutely felt and, consequently, a formal training course started in that year. In 1943 a full-fledged training school started in Pune, India. Since then this training institute (MTI) has undergone dramatic changes in its training capabilities, composition, objectives, contents, etc, in catering to personnel covering all levels from Class I to Class IV. IMD also opened training centres at New Delhi for Upper Air Instrumentation and Meteorological Telecommunication in mid seventies. Since its inception its mission has always been to achieve excellence in education researcher and service to meteorological community and thereby to the society.
The WMO Executive Council at its thirty-eight session approved the designation of the training facilities of India Meteorological Department in New Delhi and Pune as WMO Regional Training Centre (RTC) for the Regional Association II (Asia) in the year 1986. However, in accordance with the procedures laid down for the formal recognition of the RMTC, an agreement was drawn up and signed on the behalf of India by Dr. R. P. Sarkar, the then Director General of IMD and the on behalf of WMO by the Professor G. O. P Obasi, the Secretary – General of WMO on June 15th 1988, a red letter day in the annals of MTI.
Dr. R. P. Sarkar and G. O. P Obasi
signing the agreement of RTC in India
on 15th June, 1988
Within its several objectives and responsibilities, the objectives and responsibilities of prime importance are
MTI caters to nominated trainees from several organizations National Organizations :