The Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD), established in April 1970, is a national level professional & non-profit society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. It has a large membership of individuals and institutions involved in the area of training and development of Human Resource from Government, Public and Private Sector Organization & Enterprises; Educational and Training Institutions and other Professional Bodies.
The Society is affiliated to the International Federation of Training and Development Organizations (IFTDO), USA and Asian Regional Training and Development Organizations (ARTDO), Manila.
ISTD Organizes Training Programs, all over the country both at Chapter and National Levels. The Programs cover selected areas of HRD with special emphasis on Training of Trainers, Training Goals & Objectives and Training Tools & Technologies. A very large number of Public and Private Sector Organizations, Training Institutions Central And State Government participate in these programs, some of which have been held in collaboration with Planning Commission, Bureau of Public Enterprises and the Training Division of Department of Personnel , Government of India.
The Society publishes a Quarterly Journal, "Indian Journal of Training and Development".
The ISTD Diploma in Training & Development, conducts a Distance Learning Programme of 18 month's duration for the purposes of recruitment to superior posts under the Central Government and PSUs is also recognized by the Department of Personnel and Training DoPT), Govt. of India under its Faculty Development Scheme and by many of the corporates for appointments in their organizations.
ISTD has been designated as the National Nodal Agency to `Testing and Certification' of Skilled Workers in the organized and unorganized sectors.
ISTD is managed by a National Council, headed by a President at the apex level and Managing Committees headed by a Chairman at the Chapter level. They are assisted by other office bearers and functional committees in a wide spectrum of activities.