Employees Provident Fund Organisation is one of the largest Social Security Organisations in the World and at present maintains more than 15 crore accounts pertaining to its members. The organisation touches the lives of millions of Indians by providing Social Security benefits in the nature of Provident Fund, Pension and Insurance.
To give impetus to training and research in the organisation, a training centre called National Institute for Training and Research in Social Security (NITRSS) was set up in the Head Office of EPFO in 1990. In due course, NITRSS started functioning as as independent unit and with effect from November 1992, it was known as National Academy for Training and Research in Social Security (NATRSS).
Now as the name has been changed to "Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya National Academy of Social Security" (PDUNASS), the time is ripe to embark on a modernization plan to effectively respond to the ever increasing expectations of the personnel in EPFO who look up to the Academy for guidance and direction in respect of their training and research needs.
Being a premier training institution in Social Security, the Academy also invites participants from other Social Security organizations like ESIC, Ministry of Labour, Assam Tea Plantations Workers' Provident Fund; and Jammu and Kashmir Provident Fund, etc. The objective is to provide training not only to the officers of the EPFO, but also to the executives of all such organizations engaged in the administration of Social Security within the country and abroad, so as to become an enabler in sustained development of capacities and competencies in the area of Social Security.
It is intended that all personnel, at appropriate points of time, would be given necessary training exposure through Induction Courses, in-service courses and specialized courses/workshops in order to upgrade their professional skills for discharging their functions in the field formations and at Head Office. The Organisation has undertaken modernization of its operations by introduction of computer support. The National Academy as well as Zonal Institutes have the necessary hands-on training facility for personnel at different levels in the use and management of computer facilities.
The Building of National Academy at Janak Puri, New Delhi is a self-contained training institute with hostel and infrastructural facilities and the same are being developed so as to make them comparable to the best training institutes in the country. It has the capacity to undertake three training programmes simulataneously, each with a strength of 20-30 participants.