About Us

Set up in 1945,The Research, Reference and training Division functions as an information servicing agency for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, its media units and their field offices. It serves as an information bank as well as an information feeder service to the media units to help in their programming and publicity campaigns. It also studies trends in Mass Communication Media and maintains a reference and documentation service on Mass Communication. The Division provides background,, reference and research materials and other facilities for the use of the Ministry, its media units and others engaged in mass communication. The Division also looks after the training aspect of the Indian Information service (IIS) officers in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC).



Our Mission

To provide high quality research and reference services to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and its Media Units for planning media policies, strategies and campaigns for effective mass communication and to develop human resources of these media units to be at par with the best in the world. We also produce packaged information for the media persons and media researchers and Scholars.


The Division is moving towards complete computerization of activities being done in its various units. The activities of Research, Reference and National Documentation Centre on Mass Communication have already been computerized. The activities of Administration and Library are likely to be computerized in near future.

The staff of the Division has been trained to work on computers and internet surfing. This has improved not only the quality of the work done in the Division but also facilitated proper storage and timely retrieval of

information for further use.

The Division has already launched its web site www.rrtd.gov.in, which incorporates information about the Division as well as reference and information services being released by its different units.

Our Objectives

  • To collect and collate basic information on matters of national significance.
  • To provide reference services to the media units of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
  • To provide research support in matters of interest to the Ministry of I&B and its Media Units.
  • To convert the information available with other media units into reference material for use by press/officers.
  • To provide, on demand, packaged information to accredited Indian and foreign media persons, researchers, academic institutes and other such bodies.
  • To prepare and publish newsletters, research papers and journals, reference papers and reference annual like "India - A Reference Annual", "Mass Media in India",etc.
  • To design and conduct in-service training programmes for IIS officers and other professionals.
  • To oversee the training of IIS Probationers being conducted at IIMC.
  • To conduct seminars, workshops and panel discussions for skill upgradation in various Media Units.
  • To create communication channels to synergies the efforts of various Media Units to assist them in effective communication of plans, policies and programmes of the Govt of India.