IIM Calcutta has been commissioned by the Railway Board of India to conduct a 12-week executive general management programme for 60 officers, as a part of the regular 18-month training program for Indian Railway service probationer officers. In this connection, Indian Railways and IIM Calcutta have signed an MoU for training of Indian railway service officers for the next five years starting this year. The general management programme will cover topics in economics, human resource management, management information systems, public policy, behavioural sciences, operations management, marketing, ethics, finance and accounting and strategic management. The training programme also includes sessions with industry experts and visits to various industries in the eastern region. After selection through the Engineering Service Examinations and the Civil Services Examinations of the Union Public Service Commission, the probationer Indian railway service officers are required to undergo an 18-month training program before induction into service on various railway zones. The 18-month training program includes classroom training at Railway Staff College Vadodara and specialised training institutes, as well as field training on zonal railways, divisions, construction organisations and manufacturing units of the Indian Railways.