Keeping in view the growing needs of Pakistanís petroleum industry, OGDCL established its own Oil & Gas Training Institute (OGTI) in 1979 with technical assistance from Canadian International Development Agency.
OGTI has emerged as a premier institute in the petroleum sector of Pakistan catering for the training needs of Geoscientists and Engineers of OGDCL and other E&P companies operating in Pakistan
The institute conducts various training programs in upstream sector with special emphasis on Exploration, Drilling, Well Services, Gas Processing, Production and Instrumentation. This includes 11 months training programs for fresh graduates and technicians, enabling their career induction as well as short refresher and advanced training courses for experienced professionals.
The institute also organizes in-house technology update seminars and management courses through visiting instructors from renowned universities and institutes from Pakistan and abroad. In addition, it also coordinates the local and foreign training needs of OGDCL professionals.
The institute has numerous facilities that include modern class rooms equipped with audio-visual aids, auditorium, technical library, huge collection of technical videos and specialized laboratories for exploration, production and well services.
In early 2013, the OGDCL Board decided to elevate the institute to a Degree Awarding Institute (DAI) and renamed it as OGDCL Institute of Science & Technology (OIST). Initially the institute shall offer Post Graduate Courses through affiliation and later it may seek its own DAI status. The institute has initiated an MS Petroleum Engineering program and classes have been started since May 20, 2013.