3.6 HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT CENTER (HRDC)
The modem Training cum Residential infrastructural facilities of Human Resource Development Center is fast coming up at Ghaziabad in the campus of erstwhile SERC. The facilities are likely to be operationalized by middle of next year 2004-05. In the meantime, the Centre has commenced off campus training programmes for CSIR staff at the sister CSIR laboratories. The Center is organizing programmes in accordance with its mandate decided by Governing Body, of offering regular structured and customized training and skills upgradation programmes in the broad areas of management of R&D, intellectual property, material procurement & storage, business development and supporting functions besides personal skills upgradation programmes such as leadership, team building, communication, presentation etc. The Centre designed the programme modules & the contents thereof based on the training needs assessed internally and out sourced the faculty/experts for the same.
The Centre, during the year 2003-04, has conducted more than 20 training programmes for different categories of CSIR staff viz. scientific & technical, administrative, finance and purchase staff. The Centre has also initiated a pilot study to assess the training needs. The results of the pilot study will be extended globally to CSIR.
One of the major initiatives by the Centre during the year has been on ISO accreditation of laboratories in a bid towards quality improvement & transparency in working. The Centre conducted two training programmes on general awareness on ISO accreditation for the laboratories that has not yet acquired it and for the various divisions of the Headquarters. A number of these laboratories participated in the programmes. Some of these laboratories have since then initiated actions for acquiring ISO accreditation.