The State Vigilance Academy was established on 28.11.2018 and started functioning in Bhubaneswar Vigilance Divisional office premises at Surya Nagar, Bhubaneswar. The Academy is first of its kind in the sense that it is the first exclusively anti-corruption training Academy for any state in the country. The officers of Odisha Vigilance were previously sent for training mostly to CBI Academy, Ghaziabad and Central Detective Training Schools under BPR&D. There was a need for having a dedicated anti-corruption training Academy for the Vigilance Organisation to impart induction training to police officers inducted into Vigilance on deputation from police department, Public Prosecutors and Standing Counsels of Vigilance Department and Chief Vigilance Officers of various departments and State Public Sector Undertakings of Government of Odisha. Besides, various refresher and in-service training courses need to be organised for the Vigilance officers to constantly upgrade and update their skills and knowledge so as to improve their professionalism and quality of investigation and ensure successful prosecution of vigilance cases leading to greater conviction in the court of law. Besides, anti-corruption and transparency are the two major planks of the State Government and transparency figures at the top of the 5 “T” initiative of Government to ensure transformational change in the service delivery and governance mechanism. It is, therefore, imperative to train officers of State Government regarding the critical linkages existing amongst anti-corruption, transparency, development and good governance. The State Vigilance Academy was created to serve these critical needs.
So far the Academy has conducted 23 numbers of training coursees for 94 mandays for 546 trainees.