After the Independence, Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) felt the necessity to impart formal training to all branch officers by establishing a modern educational institute. Accordingly, BAF established Junior Command and Staff School (JCSS) on 12 July 1976 to prepare effective, skilled and professional commanders. The school was tasked to conduct Junior Command and Staff Course (JCSC) for the mid-level officers. Likewise, BAF introduced Distant educational courses in 1980 as part of promotion examinations of junior officers and established Individual Studies School (ISS) to conduct Individual Staff Studies Course (ISSC) under the Directorate of Education, Air Headquarters (HQ). In 1983 through an Organizational Memorandum 3/83, the dream of establishing a modern educational institute came into reality by putting both JCSC and ISSC under a single umbrella named ‘Air Force Command and Staff Training Institute (CSTI)’. The new institute with the motto of “Protiva Prosikhan Progoti” was finally inaugurated on 28 April 1983 as a full-fledged training institute of BAF. The main goal of this institute is to prepare the future leaders of Bangladesh Armed Forces who can serve the nation with dignity and honour. The functional control of the institute is with Air HQ whereas the administrative support is vested with BAF Base Bashar. However, the institute was shifted to Jashore temporarily under the administrative support of BAF Base Birsrestho Matiur Rahman between 20 January 1991 to 22 February 1995.
The institute utilises both ISS and JCSS for the regular conduct of ISSC and JCSC. According to the Forces’ Goal-2030, the institute introduced Squadron Commander Course (SCC) in 2009 and upgraded ISSC to Individual Staff Studies Programme (ISSP) in 2014 to be at par with the contemporary environment and training requirements. Besides, according to the ICT Act-2009, CSTI has introduced an indigenous software of CSTI named ‘Horizon’ to run web-based instruction (WBI) programmes (ISSP) in Jun 2017/18 and online courses (JCSC) through digitalization in 2021. The institute is extensively utilising the software for ‘E-Management’ and ‘E-Library’ resources. Moreover, the institute has its strength in ‘Airspace Research’ and ‘Organisational Behaviour’ by establishing two adhoc centres. The institute has already founded a well-renowned ‘Airspace Research Centre and Library’ for research works and the core group members of CSTI are regularly conducting small workshops on enhancing ‘Military Ethics’ and improving ‘Leadership Techniques’. CSTI has also planned to have a ‘Wargame Centre’ and introduce Joint Air Warfare Course (JAWC) for Armed Forces officers in future. Since beginning, Air Force CSTI has maintained international academic environment and ensured providing excellence in all its’ training activities. In recognition, CSTI has been awarded with the prestigious ‘BAF Colour’ on 07 July 2019. CSTI is in the process of introducing Diploma Programme / Certification for different courses under the arrangement of Banganbandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University (BSMRAAU). The institute is continuously aspiring to achieve international standard and world-class reputation under a universal umbrella of ‘Home of Thoughts’.