In the wake of the Community Development Programme, the Government of India established a chain of Orientation Training Centres to meet the training requirements of Community Development functionaries working at various levels of administration. It was in this series that this Institute (popularly known as OTC) was first started in October, 1958. In January, 1964 it was converted into a Tribal Orientation and Study Centre.
The Institute on being transferred to the State of Rajasthan in 1967, came to be known as the State Institute of Community Development and Panchayati Raj. On 1st December, 1982 this Institute was handed over to the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms and thereby it became a Campus of the Harish Chandra Mathur Rajasthan State Institute of Public Administration, Jaipur. Regional Training Centres exists in Bikaner, Jodhpur and Kota.
Keeping in line with the apex institute at Jaipur, the main aim of this institute is to contribute to the continuing improvement in the standards of public administration in Rajasthan so as to transform it into a more responsive and result oriented catalyst. To this end, the Institute strives to –
- design and conduct training courses appropriate to the specific and identified needs of the administrators and the organisations that they serve;
- assist the departments and agencies in finding solution to their organizational problems;
- serve as forum for the interchange of ideas and experiences among scholars and practitioners of public administration;
- undertake research on various issues related to structures and processs of administration as also on policies and programmes of rural development;
- disseminate widely, through its publications, knowledge of current development in the vast field of public administration and rural development.
The Institute is presently organizing training programmes for government officials and non-official representatives along with the long duration prestigious Foundation Training Programmes for State Subordinate Services. It serves as a forum for a number of workshops and seminars of national repute.
The different courses are taken care of by lecture method with a blend of participative approach. A variety of audio-visual equipment is being used to meet the needs of training.