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About IMG

Institute of Management

The Institute of Management in Government (IMG) is the apex training institute of the Government of Kerala. Established in 1981 as an autonomous body under the auspices of the Government of Kerala, the Institute aims at developing managerial skills, organizational abilities, leadership qualities and decision making skills among different categories of employees of Government, Private and Public Sector. It is recognized by Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, National Human Rights Commission, UNIDO, DfID, WHO, UNICEF,USAID, UNESCO and Ford Foundation among others. It has been providing training to the civil servants and has been conducting around 1500 training programmes involving 50,000 trainees and about quarter of a million training man days every year.

To meet the growing challenges faced by Public Institutions and its functionaries in this modern era of knowledge economy, the Institute has identified five major thrust areas ie, e-governance, Right to Information Act, Gender and Planning, Service Delivery and Secretarial service for intensive training. Besides, several new programmes are being designed and implemented every year in collaboration with reputed training institutes and academies in the country. The training programmes are run in IMG Headquarters and its Regional Centres functioning in Kochi and Kozhikode.

RTI Knowledge Centre

IMG has been identified by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Government of India as the Nodal Agency in the State for "Capacity Building on Right to Information Act" with the objective of strengthening the demand and supply side. In the first phase (2006-2008), the Institute functioned as one of the partners of Government of India in the UNDP sponsored Project on 'Capacity Building for Access to Information (CBAI)'. Around 20,000 Public Information Officers, Assistant Public Information Officers, Appellate Authorities, NGOs and other stakeholders were trained by IMG and the District Implementing Agencies in this phase.

In the second phase (2009-2011), IMG has been included as one among the few Training Institutes selected by the DoPT for institutionalizing the RTI Act. The training component of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme on "Strengthening, Capacity Building and Awareness Generation for Effective Implementation of the RTI Act" is presently being implemented by IMG. In view of the experience and expertise gained in the first phase, the Institute has set up a RTI Knowledge Centre for rendering advisory as well as academic assistance on all matters relating to RTI. Under this initiative, the main emphasis is on capacity building of the information providers of Central and State Government departments and local bodies who are involved in the delivery of Government schemes. Departments which receive the maximum number of RTI applications and those with maximum citizen interface are taken up on priority basis for imparting training. Emphasis has also been made on capacity building of information seekers especially those below the poverty line with the help of the Kerala State Poverty Alleviation Mission ie, Kudumbashree.

Activities of the Centre

The Centre focuses mainly on Capacity Building of the demand and supply side of the RTI Act along with several other activities. The main activities include the Training of Trainers Programme for developing resource persons on RTI at the District and Departmental level, specialized training programmes for the PIOs/APIOs/AAs of Central and State Government departments, PSUs and Autonomous bodies, sensitization programmes for NGOs, Activists and the media for propagating the use of the Act for addressing socially relevant issues.

In our effort to strengthen the supply side, various activities have been taken up by IMG in the last few years including organizing quiz programmes for students, sensitization workshops etc. Workshops are organized for the resource persons of Kudumbashree network who in turn train the Self Help Group members (comprising of 1.5 lakh members).

Besides, the Institute organizes workshops and seminars in connection with the RTI Week Celebrations, develops pamphlets, handouts,reading materials and handbook on RTI for distribution to officials and general public.

RTI Distance Learning Programme Using Video Conferencing Mode

IMG has successfully launched the Distance Training Programme using Video Conferencing Facilities of the Government of Kerala for training programmes on Right to Information Act, 2005. In this, IMG could conduct training programs simultaneously at multiple locations with Video Conferencing facility. 11 districts (other than the districts where IMG has its Centres) have been grouped into two and training using this distance learning mode is being imparted. The faculty and the selected District Co-ordinators will moderate the process, facilitating effective knowledge sharing .This would enable fast roll out to the entire State and better outreach.

Webinar System

The present Distance Learning System has a limitation that participants need to come to a training location where the video-conferencing facility is located. Besides, there is difficulty in getting suitable slots for training. We are in the process of setting up a Webinar facility which would enable participants with web camera attached to their respective computer systems and connected to the network, either on KSWAN or through broadband to participate in the training programme. Webinar solutions improve the meeting and training experience by using the latest technology features. A key feature of a Webinar is its interactive elements - the ability to give, receive and discuss information. Other advantage of webinar is to conduct multiple training programmes simultaneously.

The proposed model of Webinar being set up can have 25 participants and 5 hosts simultaneously. The Webinar facility is expected to be operational in the next few months.

RTI Knowledge Portal

RTI knowledge portal is one of the initiatives taken up by the Centre which will act as single referral point for all relevant information relating to RTI in the State. The Portal has been developed with the technical support of Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management - Kerala (IIITM-K). The aim is to educate the public and the Government employees to understand and apply the Act and derive its benefit to the fullest potential.

The Portal will provide authentic content on the various provisions of the Act, important studies, research papers, Power-point presentations, Government Reports, Circulars and Government Orders. The content is organized in user friendly manner with a view to target the common man. Important decisions of Kerala State Information Commission are also available in this site with key words for easy search facility. It has two unique features -

  1. An Online bilingual 'Basic Certification Course on RTI' where any stakeholder can register for this e-course and get certified online on successful completion of all the modules.

  2. 'Ask the Expert' service for all stakeholders. The online system for expert advisory service can be used by any stakeholder. This facility enables remote user to ask a specific question on the online portal. The question is then routed to a panel of experts who within a specified timeframe provide the best possible answer to the query. Moreover, the reply is recorded in a Knowledge Management system for subsequent users to refer. A compilation of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) is also included which is updated periodically.

Registration for the first e-RTI course will start on 9th July, 2010 and end on 14th July, 2010. Selected learners will be informed by e-mail before 19th July, 2010.

IMG has constituted an Advisory Committee for monitoring and overseeing the activities under this project with Director, Shri. T K Manoj Kumar IAS as the Chairman. Apart from faculty members there is also a representative of the State Information Commission in this Committee.

Advisory Committee

Shri. TK Manoj Kumar IAS Director IMG - Chairman


Dr. Jaya S Anand Professor IMG - Nodal Officer
Shri. P V Chandrabos Faculty IMG Kochi - Member
Shri. M K Sadique Faculty IMG Kozhikode - Member
Shri. C Suresh Kumar Faculty IMG - Member
Dr. A Prasanna Faculty IMG - Member
Smt. Sheela Chandran Legal Expert State Information Commission - Member