Indian Civil Service Training Academy (ICSTA) is a training institute for Civil Service Exams conducted by the Union Public Service Commission and the State Public Service Commissions in India. ICSTA has established its first Regional Study Centre in Mysuru. The academy’s main purpose is to train aspirants to crack the Civil Service Exam (CSE) to gain eligibility to enter the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, and also for Group-A Central Services such as Indian Foreign Service among others.
Formed under the Leadership of Mr. Patel S Ramesh Gowda (Founder Chairman and Managing Director) , a firm believer in Quality and excellence. He has wide ranging experience in the field of Education and Sustainable Agriculture extending for more than 20 years. His non-compromising attitude has brought him laurels across the State especially in the field of education. His intention to contribute honest and dedicated officers to the bureaucracy , motivated him to setup ICSTA as an institution dedicated to deliver highest standards of education.
The Institution is run under the guidance of former bureaucrats , namely Dr. A. Ravindra, IAS (Retd), Dr. M. R. Srinivasamurthy, IAS (Retd) and Shri N. Parthasarathi, IFS (Retd). The brief profile of theses stalwarts of Indian Bureaucracy is as below.
Dr. A. Ravindra, IAS (Retd)
1965 batch IAS officer, Served in various capacities in government before retiring as Chief Secretary to the Government of Karnataka at the end of 2002. He has held various senior positions such as Chairman, Bangalore Development Authority(BDA), and Commissioner and Administrator, Bangalore Mahanagara Palike(BMP). He holds a PhD in Development Studies and has specialized in the urban sector including water management. He was responsible for introducing several governance reforms such as rationalizing property tax system through the Self Assessment Scheme (SAS) and mobilizing resources for urban infrastructure through municipal bonds. He was instrumental in initiating the Cauvery Water Supply Project (Stage IV) and the Metro Rail Project for Bangalore.
After retirement, Dr. Ravindra has served as Deputy Chairman, Karnataka State Planning Board and Senior Visiting Fellow at IIM, Bangalore. Currently, he heads the Centre for Sustainable Development, a non-profit organization, The Institute for Social and Economic Change, a research organization in social sciences, Bangalore. Dr Ravindra has published several papers and articles on urban and public policy issues. His books include Urban Land Policy, Dance of Democracy and a monograph on Cauvery Water Dispute.
Dr. M. R. Srinivasamurthy, IAS (Retd)
Former Asst.Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka, has held several key positions in the administrations of successive governments in Karnataka. Dr.Murthy joined the IAS in 1976 and has worked as Principal Secretary of Finance Department and was also the Additional Chief Secretary. During his 34 years of service, he has held many important assignments in the State Government including Principal Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Principal Secretary, Housing Commissioner, Bangalore Mahanagar Palike, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, KSRTC, Excise Commissioner and Additional Secretary to Chief Minister to Late Veerendra Patil. Dr. Murthy has also served under the Central Government as Principal Secretary, Election Commission of India, New Delhi, and Controller, ISRO Satellite Centre, Department of Space, Bangalore. He was appointed as the Chairman of KERC in 2010. In 2017, he has been appointed as the chairman of the sixth pay commission under the Government of Karnataka.
Shri N. Parthasarathi, IFS(Retd)
With an Engineering and Management background, joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1981. He has served in countries throughout the world, including in Belgium, Senegal, Pakistan, United Kingdom, Syria and South Korea. He has also served in the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Finance in New Delhi.
A veteran with more than three decades of experience in the Diplomatic corps, he has given talks in a number of Universities, think tanks and Business organizations in South Korea, Africa and in U.S.A. From October 2008 to September 2011,Mr. Parthasarathi served as Ambassador of India to Senegal. He was also concurrently accredited as Ambassador of India to Mali, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau, and Cape Verde islands, as well as high commissioner of India to the Republic of The Gambia.
His hobbies include writing, spirituality, mentoring youth, golf and bridge. Till October 2016 he served as the Secretary General of the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry and now works as a consultant, mentor to Start-ups and other organizations.
He has Published two books: (i) ‘The Reluctant Assassin’, a fictional thriller, published in Delhi, in January 2005; and (ii) ‘Bi Dan Hwang Hoo’ (Silk Empress), a fictional novel linking the ancient history of India and Korea. The latter was translated in to Korean language and published in Seoul in June 2007.