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Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training

Kerala Legislature Secretariat

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To foster democracy by strengthening the institution of Legislature  through informed legislators, Smart and intelligent officials and encouraging greater engagement between the public and the Legislature .
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        Established in 2011 as an integral Division of the Legislature Secretariat, the Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training (CPST) is the premier training body providing opportunities for systematic study and training in various disciplines of parliamentary institutions, processes and procedures to the Legislators and officials and all stake holders of parliamentary democracy.

Training and Development helps in optimizing the utilization of human resource that further helps the staff to achieve the organizational goals as well as their individual goals. Training is essential to provide an opportunity and broad structure for the development of human resources' technical and behavioral skills in an organization. It also helps the employees in attaining personal growth. It helps to expand the horizons of human intellect and the overall personality of the employees. Training and Development helps in inculcating a sense of team work, team spirit, and inter-team collaborations. It helps in creating the right learning culture within the organization.  Training and Development helps in creating the healthy working environment. It helps to build good intra institutional  relationships so that individual goals align with organizational goals.

Organisations need staff at all levels to be more self-sufficient, resourceful, creative and autonomous. It is a challenge for any organisation of repute to  develop greater confidence, initiative, solutions-finding, and problem-solving capabilities among their human resource . This behaviour enables staff to operate at higher strategic level, which makes their organizations more productive and competitive. People's efforts produce bigger results. It's what all organizations strive to achieve by focussing on developing the person, not the skills.

   Performance and capability are ultimately dependent on people's attitude and emotional maturity. It is mandatory for any organisation to provide a platform for trust, 'emotional contracting' with the organisation, and subsequent skills/process/knowledge development relevant to managing higher responsibilities and roles .

Training and Development is the framework for helping employees to develop their personal and organizational skills, knowledge, and abilities. The focus of all aspects of Human Resource Development is on developing the most superior workforce so that the organization and individual employees can accomplish their work goals in service to customers. Employees will always want to develop career-enhancing skills, which will always lead to employee motivation and retention. There is no doubt that a well trained and developed staff will be a valuable asset to the organisation and thereby increasing the chances of his efficiency in discharging his or her duties.It is very essential for all staff and helps in building career positioning and preparing staff for greater challenges.

The CPST has embarked upon various programmes of training in Parliamentary and Legislative fields, thus imparting professionalism, expertise and orientation to those who actually work for the parliamentary system. The CPST organises various programmes to help the legislators acquire deeper and broader understanding of complex national and global issues and to impart the much needed direct exposure to the environment, culture and traditions of parliamentary institutions so as to enable them to appreciate better the nature of their role and place in the overall context of parliamentary system, leading to a more informed response to their work in relation to Legislature.

The CPST aims to sharpen the functional skills of the officials working in the Secretariats of Parliament and State developing the right attitudes and qualities essential in parliamentary officials, for example, a sense of dedication in service, precision and promptness, objectivity of approach, highest respect for the representatives of the people and unfailing courtesy.

The CPST aims to encourage the Members and the general public to learn the principles and practice of democratic decision-making and promote collaboration and professional development among parliamentarians .

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Aims and Objectives 

Centre for Parliamemntary Studies and Training of the Kerala Legislature aims to  provide Legislators, Legislature staff and other stake holders of parliamentary democracy with institutionalized opportunities for systematic training in the various disciplines of parliamentary institutions, processes and procedures.

Governments all over the world are seeking innovative modes and manners to improve delivery of services The imperative of appropriate training and capacity building of personnel working in any organization has increasingly been recognized the world over in recent decades. Such training helps to improve the effectiveness of the organization and enhance the efficiency of the available manpower, besides enabling optimum utilization of the human resources.

            In an era of professional specialization, organizations and institutions have laid special emphasis on institutional arrangements for imparting requisite training of their personnel. In-house training, deputing personnel for training in recognized institutions, attachment with professional training institutions, etc. have become important components of augmentation of the professional capabilities of officers and staff of organizations everywhere. Induction Courses, Foundation Courses, Refresher Programmes, Orientation Programmes, etc. have emerged as integral to holistic capacity building of personnel in all organizations.

Legislators of today have varied functions to perform, apart from their conventional representational role, more so in the context of the Legislature itself evolving as a multi-functional institution. Like any other organization, in the case of democratic institutions too, officers and staff working in the Legislative Bodies require training and exposure to acquaint themselves with the latest developments, so that they can assist elected representatives to perform their manifold roles efficaciously.

Legislators have to be well-versed with issues like the primacy of Legislature in a democratic polity, procedural mechanisms available to them to raise matters on the floor of the House, practices and procedures of the Legislature Committees, privileges of members and the House, conventions of the House, traditions and etiquette, etc., if they have to emerge as effective representatives. They also have to be thoroughly familiar with the legislative and budgetary processes, Legislature-Executive relations and the relationship among the Organs of State. Besides, they have to have a sound understanding of the functional dynamics of parliamentary institutions, how to secure Executive accountability to the Legislature in all its manifestations and the pulls and pressures of democratic politics.

All these call for continuous efforts to facilitate capacity building among members of Legislature, besides Legislature staff. This becomes all the more important in an increasingly information-driven world order wherein the utmost emphasis has to be laid on the development of informed legislators and legislature officials who can adequately support them.

Since effective and efficient working of Legislature calls for constant upgrading of the skills of the Legislature staff in particular, there is a need for their extensive as well as intensive training. Such measures will assist Members of Legislature and Legislature staff to maintain the highest standards of professional excellence.

There are various stakeholders who make a parliamentary democracy work successfully. Besides Members and Legislature staff, these stakeholders include the media, the Civil Service, the academic community, including students, civil society and the citizens at large. In the course of its evolution, parliamentary democracy has evolved several highly specialized procedures and processes, of which legislators, policy-makers, administrators and others should have a good knowledge.

In a parliamentary democratic set up, it is only the institution of Legislature, which can impart such knowledge to all stakeholders of democracy. Thus, the onerous task of conducting relevant studies and enabling the required orientation and training of the stakeholders falls on the Legislature itself.  


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  • Orientation Programmes, Lectures ,Workshops and Seminars for Members of the Kerala Legislative Assembly .
  • Round Table Discussions on topical legislative themes.
  • Parliamentary Lecture Series.
  • Attachment Programmes with the BPST , Lok Sabha Secretariat for foreign parliamentary officials .
  • Training, Attachment and Study Visits/tours of Presiding Officers, Members and officers of sister Legislatures.
  • Training Programme in Legislative Drafting.
  • Orientation Programmes and Seminars for Media Personnel accredited to the Press Galleries of the Kerala Legislative Assembly.
  • Appreciation Courses for Probationers of All India , Central Services and Middle Level officers of the Government of Kerala.
  • Study Visits for Government officers, academics, scholars and students .
  • Training, attachment and study tour opportunities for Members and officials of the Kerala Legislature Secretariat to sister Parliaments and training institutions.
  • Training programme for Personal Staff to Ministers and Members of the Legislative Assembly
  • Induction Training for staff of the Legislature Secretariat.
  • Publication of Papers on Legislative themes.




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No.739- 3rd Floor , Assembly Building ,Legislature Complex, 

Vikas Bhavan P.O ,Thiruvananthaprum-33 , Kerala   


0471 2512585

0471 2512638

Fax: 0471 2305891






Hon’ble Speaker

Kerala Legislative Assembly



0471 2513001

0471 2513002

0471 2513003

(R)0471 2302698




Head of the Institution

Shri.P.D. Sarangadharan


Kerala Legislature Secretariat


 0471 2513006

0471 2512002

0471 2513019


Joint Secretary


Shri.Thomas Chettuparambil


0471 2307635

0471 2512010




Under Secretary


Shri.G.S Sureshkumar


0471 2512453

(Mob) 9446062119




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Calendar  2012  









Training on Assurance Implementation Desk for the officials of the Govt. Secretariat




Training for P.A. to MLAs.




Training for the Watch and Ward Personnel




Training for the officials of Editing Branch




Training for the Assistants of the GAD and Finance Depts. of Govt. Secretariat




Training on Retirement Planning to the official of this Secretariat




International Youth Exchange Programme- Visit of Chinese Youth Delegates




Commonwealth Day-2012-Study visit of the School students of the tribal community of Kottoor, Thiruvananthapuram district .




Computer Training for Assistants


  20 days


Data entry training in plan space software at IIITMK, Technopark




Headquarters Training for IAS probationers of 2010-2012 Batch




Training for watch and Ward (Second Batch)




Training for PA to MLAs




Diamond Jubilee Lecture Series 2nd  Lecture(Parliamentary Prerogative and Judicial Activism by Dr. Mohan Gopal)




Workshop on Budget for Media Personnel




Attachment programme for LDCs- Various Dept.




Diamond Jubilee Lecture Series 3rd Lecture by Dr. Tessy Thomas(Science and Technology for Environmental Protection)




Induction Training for the Assistants of Legislature Secretariat




Training on Preparation of Reference Book on Rules of Procedure and Conduct of  Business




IMG Training on Right to Information Act




Training on Fire & Rescue for Watch and Ward




Training on Fire & Rescue for Legislature Secretariat Staff




Training on Official Language




Training for Section Officers of Govt Secretariat




BPST Training on Management Development at New Delhi






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  •  Handbook on Budget.

  •   Commission Report on Salary and Allowances to Members.

  •  Brief on CPST.

  •   Notes on Procedure in Financial Matters.

  •   Budget –Preparation ,Implementation and Control.

  •   Notes on Orientation Programme for Members.



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  •    Orientation Programme for Members of the 13th Kerala Legislative Assembly.

  •     Workshop on Budget for Media.

  •  International Youth Exchange Programme- Visit of Chinese Youth Delegates.

  • Commonwealth Day-2012-Study visit of the School students of the tribal community of Kottoor, Thiruvananthapuram district .  

  •   Diamond Jubilee Lecture Series 2nd  Lecture on ‘Parliamentary Prerogative and Judicial Activism’ by Dr. Mohan Gopal.  

  •   Diamond Jubilee Lecture Series 3rd Lecture by Dr. Tessy Thomason ‘Science and Technology for Environmental Protection’.  

  •   27th International Parliamentary Internship Programme -Attachment programme with BPST, Lok Sabha Secretariat ,New Delhi.

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