Government approved establishment of State Vigilance Academy at Bhubaneswar in order to upgrade the knowledge and skills of Vigilance officers on a continuous basis, so that they maintain their professional edge in investigation/ enquiry of complicated cases/ enquiries. This requires exposure and training in such areas as Cyber Forensics, Cell Phone Forensics, transactions in financial markets, transactions by non-banking financial institutions, use of advanced technologies and social media, interaction with various investigative and enforcement agencies like CBI, ED, Income Tax Department, FIU (Financial Intelligence Unit), DRI (Directorate of Revenue Intelligence), SFIO (Serious Fraud Investigation Office) etc. The Vigilance Academy provides the required exposure and training in the above areas. Besides, the Academy also imparts training on specialized laws like new Companies Act, 2013, FEMA ( Foreign Exchange Management Act), 1999, PMLA(Prevention of Money Laundering Act), 2002, Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, 1998, Whistle Blower’s Protection Act, 2011 etc. as well as on recent judgments of Supreme Court and High Court and conduct training courses for investigators, prosecutors and Chief Vigilance Officers of various Government Departments, Heads of Departments and State-run PSUs.
In the mean time, State Government has accorded in-principle approvalto conduct vigilance training modules at the Academy for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Forest Service (IFoS), Odisha Administrative Service (OAS), Odisha Police Service (OPS), Odisha Finance Service (OFS), Odisha State Prosecution Service (OSPS), Odisha Forest Service (OFS), Odisha Co-operative Service (OCS), Odisha Revenue Service (ORS), Odisha Taxation & Accounts Service (OT&AS) and Odisha Welfare Service (OWS) officers, both as part of their basic training as well as in-service training programmes in order to orient them towards transparency and anti-corruption and appreciate their critical linkages with development and good governance. During such training courses, specific input will be given in such areas as tendering, procurement, executing contracts and agreements etc. the training modules will also sensitize the officers to identify and control corrupt practices during delivery of basic public services and implementation of developmental and welfare schemes to prevent leakage of funds meant for the poor and the disadvantaged.
Since police officers of the rank of S.I, Inspector & D.S.P are deputed to vigilance, Vigilance being a completely deputationist organization, their periodic familiration and orientation trainings will also be conducted at the Academy.
The Academy also holds internship programmes for Law students of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. The Academy is in the process of enlarging the Internship programmes to include students from more law Colleges and Universities and extending theinterfacewith the academia.There are plans of moving CBI Academy, Ghaziabad for conducting a specialized training of trainers (TOT) course for faculty members and trainers of the Academy. Similarly, it is envisaged to enlist the Co-operation of UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), UNODC (United Nations Officer on Drugs & Crime) and BPR&D (Bureau of Police Research & Development) in further upgrading the quality of training.