PSTD History

A remarkable journey of PSTD since its inception on 21st May, 1966

The incredible success story of PSTD started with a man who haNew Doc 3_1 (1)d a great vision and an interminable commitment to establish this institution. Mian Abdul Ghani, the first Secretary General of All-India Muslim League and later known as Pakistan Muslim League was the founder of Pakistan Society for Training and Development.

Born in the oldest city of Punjab, Jalandhar – now a part of India – Mian A.Ghani was the epitome of intellect and elegance. He was an active member of All-India Muslim League and after much sacrifice, the efforts bore fruitful results. After the partition of 1947, he along with his family migrated to Pakistan and continued to serve his role as the Secretary General of Pakistan Muslim League. He is the author to many books, one of the notables is the sole property of PSTD namely, “Basic Supervisory by Pakistan Society for Training and Development.”

Soon afterwards, he started to work for Shell Pakistan formerly Burmah Shell Oil, one of the first multinational organizations to venture into Pakistan. During his service there, he was sent on an external training for Managerial Leadership Grid to the United States. He returned back fascinated by the whole idea of conducting trainings and started with this initiative in Karachi. At first, he did not receive an overwhelming response but he continued to work diligently and the resulting money was kept safe aside.


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Once he had enough savings, he gathered some senior professionals of the industry and expressed his desire to setup a training institute. As a result, the groundbreaking foundation of PSTD was kept on 21st May, 1966. The core objective was to provide high standard training to MNCs and local organizations alike. Initially, PSTD conducted supervisory skills training for lower management preferably for manufacturing organizations and conducted leadership grid training. This was introduced for the first time in 1970’s with PSTD being the proud pioneer of introducing foreign trainers in Pakistan, namely Blake and Monton.

PSTD is managed by an honorary Board of Governors comprising of senior executives and human resource professionals from prominent organizations in Pakistan. These intellectuals were originally handpicked by Mian A.Ghani from diverse fields namely HR, Sales and Marketing to name a few. They provide strategy and a mission whilst the PSTD staff provides excellent execution. Together we represent PSTD and continue to uphold Mian A.Ghani’s legacy!


Mission and Vision

Our Mission

Build and broaden professional leadership, capacity and capability in Pakistan.

Our Vision

Be the premier institution for learning & development in Pakistan to enhance Professional Management Skills.

About PSTD

Who we are?

Pakistan Society for Training and Development (PSTD) is an independent, non-profit and non-government institution supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employee in organization in Pakistan. It is managed by an honorary Board of Governors comprising of senior executives and human resource professionals from prominent organizations in Pakistan.

What we do?

PSTD’s sole purpose is to raise the standard of professionalism within the society, whilst its mission is to build and broaden the horizon of professional leadership, capacity and capability in Pakistan.

PSTD offers over 130 different courses ranging from Soft Skills, Technical Skills, Project Management, Finance, Marketing and Sales, Women Development, Information Technology, Supply Chain Management and HSE to name a few. We also offer international leadership courses by Ken Blanchard, one of the top 10 leadership training companies in the world. Ken Blanchard’s “Situational Leadership II” is the world’s most sought leadership training model for more than 30 years. The program uses game-changing techniques that immerses SL II quickly, deeply and effectively.

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PSTD has a state of the art and purpose built training facility which includes Conference Halls, Syndicate Rooms, Auditorium, Board Room and Brainstorming Room. These can be provided to organizations for encouraging learning culture. The Society is equipped with the latest training equipment and services essential for conducting trainings and seminars.

PSTD also hosts a variety of conferences several times a year, including;

  1. Women in Business and Leadership Conference (WIBCON): This is one of PSTD’s signature events which aims to primarily achieve the following objectives:
  • Develop skill sets.
  • Enable women leadership.
  • Explains how women can be more risk taking.
  • Highlight the specific steps women can embark on to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment.
  1. The Annual Learning Conference (ALC): This conference ties in with the mission of the society. It instills a learning culture in organizations, addressing the following concerns:
  • Importance of corporate culture for organizational development.
  • Successful top-down knowledge transfers.
  • Link learning to business performance.
  • Designing a holistic learning program with the right mix for each employee.
  1. National HSE and Sustainable Development Summit: HSE is an integral part of day to day business. The underlying aim of the conference is to emphasize:
  • The importance of leadership and commitment to HSE.
  • The significant impact on business continuity and operational excellence.
  • The payback of such initiatives as a core corporate value.
  • The magnitude of adopting Triple Bottom Line framework to evaluate an organizations performance.

At PSTD, we are constantly striving to make your experience a memorable one!

Training Programs Delivered
Participants Trained

Board of Governors

Mr. Aamir Niazi
Chief Executive Officer Descon Oxychem & Descon Chemicals Limited

Mr. Jehangir Bashir Nawaz
Head of Strategy & Business Development, United Distribution Limited

Mr. A. Saeed Siddiqui
General Manager, Bank Al Habib Limited

Mr. M. Iftikar 

Mr. Kanwer Anwer Saeed
Managing Partner, Ascend Development

Mr. Zafar Osmani
CEO, Excelerate

Mr. Ali H. Shirazi
President /CEO, Atlas Battery Limited

Ms. Shafaq Omar
HR Director, Unilever Pakistan Limited

Mr. Jamal Nasir
Head Human & Organizational Development, Habib Bank Limited

Mr. Shakeel Mapara
Director HR, Sanofi-Aventis Pakistan Limited

Ms. Pouru Sidhwa
HR Director, GlaxoSmithKline Pakistan Limited

Mr. Raheel Ahmed
Senior General Manager HR, Karachi International Container Terminal Limited

Mr. Asir Mansur
CHRO, K-Electric Limited

Bye Laws


A. Admission:

  1. An eligible person described under Article V(A) and (B) may apply for the society’s membership on the prescribed form which should be:

Proposed by a member and seconded by another member of the society. Provided that such members must be in good standing and accompanied by payment of the admission fee and annual subscription fee (if applicable), which shall be refundable in case of non-approval of the application by the board.

  1. Bye-law I(A)(1) shall not apply to the members who are admitted to membership before the first election of the society held on 21st May 1966.

B. Date of Admission:

The date on which an application for membership is approved by the board shall be the date of admission of the applicant as member of the society.

C. Admission Fee and Annual Subscription:

  1. The admission fee and the annual subscription of the society shall be as follows:
Type of Membership Admission Fee Rupees Annual Subscription Rupees
Individual 1,500 2,000
Institutional 20,000 10,000
Life (for Individuals only) 25,000 paid in lump sum Nil
Honorary Nil Nil


  1. Membership shall be allowed for a year from 1st July to 30th June and the annual subscription shall become due on 1st July of each year except for life and honorary memberships where payment of annual subscription is not applicable.
  2. Persons admitted as members during July to December shall pay full annual subscription; those admitted during January to June shall pay 50% of the annual subscription. Full admission fee is payable irrespective of the date of admission.

I.    4. Members defaulting in paying their annual subscription fee by September 21st shall be served with a notice of non-payment as required by Article V(D)1.

l.    5. Membership or its privileges are not transferable in any manner and admission and subscription fee once paid shall not be refunded.

D. Privileges:

Each member will be entitled to all services (e.g participation in training seminars, conferences, courses etc) and publications of the society at special fees when so offered for the members.

For the purpose of Article VI(A), an institutional member shall be entitled to nominate 3 members of its staff to participate in the society’s General Council meetings. However, an institutional member can nominate any number of its employees to participate in the society’s training programs including seminars, conferences etc.

Management and Organization of the Society

Bye-law III: Finance

  1. For the purpose of Article X(A)(4), the amount of capital expenditure exceeding for which board approval is necessary shall be Rs. 100,000/-.
  2. For the purpose of Article X(B)(6), the amount of expense which is not course related exceeding which the General Manager requires approval from the President shall be Rs. 25,000/=, provided that expenses exceeding Rs. 25,000/= and up to Rs. 50,000/= may also be approved jointly by the General Manager and the Treasurer.

Bye-law IV: Code Of Ethics*

A. All members of the society, irrespective of the type of their membership in general and all the office-bearers in particular, shall uphold the standards prescribed in this code of ethics. The Board of Governors will keep this code under review and make whatever changes it may consider desirable to pursue high professional standards.

B. A member of the society shall at all times:

  1. Respect and promote the long and short-term goals of Pakistan, his/her employers, their clients and of PSTD.
  2. Strive to develop human potential in general and the potential of those placed under his/her care in particular.
  3. Continue to improve his/her own professional capacity and promote amongst others commitment to excellence in doing their professional work.
  4. Complete all the necessary preparation for instruction and to provide instruction using the appropriate professional skills and attitudes.
  5. Support his/her work-colleagues and members of PSTD in pursuit of excellence in professional HRM, education, training and development.
  6. Be objective, rational and constructive when giving professional advice.
  7. Keep the interest of his/her employers and their clients above his/her own.
  8. Endeavour to create a climate of commitment to the highest principles of HRM, self- development, respect for the interest of their employers, their customers and their organizations.
  9. Fulfill his/her and his/her organization’s obligations to its owners, shareholders, employees, suppliers, customers, clients, society and the environment.

C(A). A member of the society shall at no time:

  1. Use his/her position in his/her organization for personal gains.
  2. Present his/her credentials, scholastic achievements, qualifications and experience in a way which may mislead his/her existing or potential employers, clients or members of PSTD by using degrees which are suspect and not accepted by internationally recognized educational institutions or which have been obtained through questionable means.

D. Special rules for office bearers:

The special rules at Clauses E, F and G will apply to the governors, office bearers and the employees of the society in addition to the code of ethics listed in the foregoing paragraphs.

E. Governors, office bearers and employees of the society:

  1. Will uphold the good standing and reputation of the society, protect and promote the interests of the society with vigilance and ensure compliance with the spirit of this code of ethics in general and with these specific rules in particular.
  2. Will not use his/her position for personal gains.
  3. Will not solicit a gift/present or anything of value for services rendered in the name of the society or when using the materials produced/published/provided by the society.
  4. Will not solicit or use any funds of the society for his/her personal benefit or for purposes which have no tangible benefit for the society and will not collude with other office bearer(s) or members(s) to solicit or to support any solicitation for society’s funds for personal or mutual benefit or for purposes of doubtful/questionable outcome for the society.
  5. Will refrain from any activity that may be against the interests of the society.

F. Faculty fee/reimbursement of expenses:

For purposes of Clause A(2) of Article X and Bye-law IV, any fee and/or reimbursement of expenses incurred by the faculty, paid to a member or an office bearer of the society for professional services rendered by him/her to the society (e.g conducting training courses, seminars and projects) shall not be regarded as personal benefit, gain, dividend, bonus or profit.

G. Employees of the society:

No employee of the society shall take away or use the training materials developed and printed by the society for courses/purposes other than those sponsored by the society.

H. Procedure for dealing with breaches:

Any breach of this code brought to the notice of the President in writing will be dealt with by the board in accordance with Article V(D).

This bye-law was unanimously adopted by the General Council in its 25th meeting held on September 23, 1987.

Like the rest of our Constitution, this code applies to both male and female members.