Right now, there is no provision of inductory training for any category of employees. To bridge the gap, the graduate engineer’s body of the department, The Assam Engineering Service Association (AESA), in collaboration with the department, has chipped in with two inductory level one day course, one for freshly recruited graduate engineers from Guwahati and the other for graduate engineers with upto five years working experince. The latter one was attended by Minister, Irrigation of Assam apart from Senior Officials. This is envisaged to hold in future at various places to reduce cost and time.
Also, the Assam Administrative Staff College runs a wide variety of training program throughout the year for all levels of staff and officers and people from the department are sent there regularly to hone their communication and administrative skills.
Apart from these, North East Regional Institute for Water and Land Management (NERIWALM) located at Tezpur, a Govt. of India institution under Central Water Commission also provides short term courses for Civil Engineers. Some other institutes outside the State like National Water Academy, Pune, National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad and Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun also offer training programmes for Engineers where people are sent occasionally. We also take the opportunity to send our officers to institute like Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, National Institute of Rural Development, State Institute of Rural Development, North East Institute of Bank Management, etc located at Guwahati.
There is a set up in the Public Works Department located at Fatashil Ambari, Guwahati under an Additional Chief Engineer where the senior level Section Assistants are to sucessfully undergo a one year training course before clearance for promotion to Junior Engineers.
Occasional meetings are held by AEEs and EEs in co-ordination with Agriculture Department Officers to sensitise the farmers about their role in maintaining and operating an irrigation scheme and also to discuss the right amount of water required for a particular variety of crop.