IRICEN is the training institute for the Civil engineers of the Indian Railways
. The institute had a modest start in 1959 as the Permanent Way Training School
for training entry level Civil engineers. It is now a Centralised Training Institute
and trains officers of the IRSE
cadre of the Indian Railways
Located in the historical and cultural city of Pune, IRICEN imparts training to up to 100 engineers/ managers at a time. Engineers from railways of the developing countries as well as other government departments/private organisations are also trained. The training programmes are generally residential in nature. Available infrastructure for conducting various training programmes includes a well-stocked technical library, computer centre, material testing laboratory, model room/ museum, hostel, mess and recreational facilities for the trainee officers.
For achieving excellence in training, IRICEN has obtained ISO 9001-2000 certification. As per letter of certification issued by M/s. Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Holland (the certifying body), the certificate is effective from 9 December 2003 to 9 December 2006.
The institute also trains railway engineers for other agencies including RITES
The IRICEN is one of six Centralised Training Institutes
that share the task of training of officers. The other Centralised Training Institutes are: