Realizing that a knowledgeable membership is an asset to the institution and assessing the value of education and training in making CBOO more effective, the Executive Committee set up a formal Education & Training Wing in January 1984. It was inaugurated in Mangalore by L.V. Subramaniam, Secretary- General of the then AICOBOO. ETW was continuously engaged in organizing training programmes for the functionaries and activists in trade union management, communication and defence in disciplinary proceedings. It regularly brought out guides and manuals for the benefit of promotion aspirants and provided coaching classes for promotion. The periodical publication of the Officer’ Service Regulation is also done under this.
In July 1996, ETW was renamed as Balasubramanian Foundation for Education &Training (BFET)to perpetuate the memory of Late Sri N.Balasubramanian.
The Secretary, who is nominated by the Executive Committee, looks after BFET's work. Currently, A V RamanaPrasadis the Secretary
As part of its non-bargaining activities, CBOO organizes Balasubramanian Memorial Lectures every year around June/July. It is to commemorate Late Sri N.Balasubramanian, former President of CBOO. More importantly through the Lectures, CBOO attempts to focus the attention on matters of relevance to trade unions like H.R.Management, I R and Bank's working,economy and banking etc. Started in 1996, the Lecture is a regular feature of CBOO's activities. Between 1996 till 2016 the following eminent persons gave lectures on relevant issues. Often the speeches or gist thereof are published in Officers' Voice.
Date/Year Speaker Place Theme 1996 Prof. S. Swaminathan
Business Editor, The Hindu, Chennai
Chennai Labour & Capital in the present scenario 1997 Prof. Jacob Mankidy
Professor, National Institute of Bank Management, Pune
Mangalore Trade Unions in the present scenario 1998 Prof. B. R. Patil
Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
Bangalore Collective bargaining in the wake of reforms 1999 Prof. Abhijit Gangopadhyay
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Management Mumbai
Mumbai Perspectives in wage & performance in banks 2000 Mr. V. K. Madhava Mohan
H R Mentor, Ernakulam
Mumbai New paradigm for Trade unions in Banks 2001 Mr. C. R. L. Narasimhan
Business Editor, The Hindu
Bangalore The Changing values in financial sector 2002 Mr. C. S. Venkata Ratnam
Professor, International Management Institute, Delhi
Mangalore Future of trade unions 2003 Mr. Sucheta Dalal
Bangalore Whistle blowing in the banks 2004 Dr. P. D. Shenoy
Labour Secretary, Government of India
Mangalore Labour Management Collaboration
- Means or Hindrance to improve efficiency?
2005 Mr. S. Gurumurthy
Swadeshi Jagran Manch
Coimbatore FDI in Financial Sector 2006 Dr. U. R. Ananthamoorthy Mangalore Relevance of Social Movements 2007 Justice N. Santhosh Hegde Mangalore Role of trading Names in tackling corruptions in public undertaking. 2009 Mr. Vittaldas Leeladhar Mangalore The Global Meltdown and Lessons India Can Learn from the Crisis. 2014 Justice Nag Mohan Das,Former Justice, Karnataka High Court Mangalore Corruption & Judiciary. 2016 Sri N Gopalaswami Former Chief Election Commissioner Mangalore Subsidies, Freebies and Cash for Votes – Democracy in Peril