The ultimate goal prescribed in the National Training Policy is to attain “Training for All” which means that training would be imparted to all rungs of the Civil Services starting from the lowest to the highest in policy making. Accordingly, the Department of Personnel and Training has taken up a number of programmes to address the training needs of different levels of Government employees.
- In-service Training of IAS Officers
- Mid Career Training of IAS Officers
- Domestic Funding of Foreign Training
- Post Graduate Programmes in Public Policy
- Training Support
- Intensive Training Programme
- Augmentation of the Capacity of training institutions
- Capacity Building related to the Right to Information Act 2005
- Capacity Building for Poverty Reduction (Training Component)
IN-SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR IAS
In-service training programmes for IAS officers consists of a one-week training programme on a range of subjects. In addition to the above one-week training programme, two special two week training programmes have also been conducted on Joint Civil Military Training Programme on National Security, at LBSNAA, Mussoorie. Joint Training for IAS/ IPS/ IFS Officers is also organized by Department of Personnel and Training. The training is conducted by LBSNAA, Mussoorie, SVPNPA, Hyderabad and IGNFA, Dehradun on various themes during the year.
Intensive training programme for frontline Government functionaries was initiated during 2008-09. This is based on the robust intensive district training models developed through externally aided projects. The focus of this programme is on demand-driven training of frontline personnel in close coordination with line Departments being executed by the State Administrative Training Institute.
Augmentation of Capacity of Training Institutes
Support for hardware, software, courseware, training aids/kits, case studies, library publications, training films and miscellaneous training related expenditures provided under this component.
OTHER TRAINING PROGRAMMES
IIPA : Advanced Professional Programme in Public Administration (APPPA) is being conducted by the Indian Institute of Public Administration. The nine month post-graduate programme is meant for senior officers with 10 years of service in Group A. It aims at providing an understanding of the socio-economic environment and of the tools and techniques that are useful in meeting the challenges of development administration. It also seeks to develop in the participant interpersonal skills and sensitiveness to the people’s needs with a view to making administration more responsive.
ISTM : Two one-week orientation programmes were sponsored for Deputy Secretaries/Directors who joined the Central Government under the Central Staffing Scheme. The programmes, conducted at the Institute of Secretariat Training and Management (ISTM) focus on policy formulation skills, parliamentary procedure, formulation of proposals and budgeting and financial management.
MID CAREER TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR IAS OFFICERS
The mandatory Mid-Career Training (MCT) programme for IAS officers was started in January 2007 with the objective of improving the next level competencies of the officers at certain identified stages of their career, i.e. at the field level (7-9 years), at the policy formulation level (14-16 years) and at inter-sectoral policy formulation and implementation level (26-28 years). These programmes are termed as Phases-lll (8 weeks), IV (8 weeks) and V (4 weeks) respectively. The IAS (Pay) Rules were amended making successful completion of the various phases of the MCT Programme a pre¬requisite for obtaining promotions/increments at certain stages in an officer’s career. The first three rounds of all the phases of training have been completed and so far 902 IAS officers were trained during the years 2007-09. The various phases of the MCT Programme were conducted by a combination of domestic and foreign institutions, namely IIMA-HKS for Phase-V, IIMB-Syracuse for Phase-IV and Duke-LBSNAA for Phase-lll. The LBSNAA, Mussoorie will take a lead role in conducting the future rounds of the MCT Programme.
LEADERSHIP AND STRATEGIC THINKING PROGRAMME
The Government of India has felt the need to institutionalize a high quality training programme on ‘Leadership and Strategic Thinking’ for officers of the rank of Joint Secretary and above, who join the Government of India. The Government has accordingly, constituted a Committee which has developed the programme and submitted its report. Steps are in progress to commence the first programme during this financial year.
POST GRADUATE PROGRAMMES IN PUBLIC POLICY
The programmes were envisaged to enhance the competence in public policy of Mid Career Civil Servants by (i) broadening awareness of latest trends in policy approaches, (ii) developing technical, analytical and leadership skills for public policy, (iii) providing opportunity in specialization, (iv) interacting with alternative system of public management in other countries. The first programme was started with the assistance of UNDP in IIM Bangalore in the year 2002-03 and consequent to the discontinuance of UNDP assistance, Gol has started not only to fully fund from the 4th programme onwards but also expanded it to TERI (2005), MDI, Gurgaon (2005) and IIM Ahmedabad(2006). These programmes are funded under Non Plan for domestic course fee and other expenditure, and for the international component it is funded under the Plan scheme of DFFT. The Institutes’ international association is as under:
- IIM-Bangalore -Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, USA
- TERI School-LB Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, USA Yale University, USA
- MDI, Gurgaon -George Mason University, USA
- IIM-Ahmedabad-Georgetown Public Policy Institute, USA
- The H John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
- IOMBA Programme, University of Geneva
Thematic Training Programmes
Under the scheme of “Training for All”, support is provided to State Administrative Training Institutes (ATIs) by way of sponsoring training programmes conducted by these institutes, which are in the areas accorded priority by the Central Government. The Training Programmes conducted by the State ATIs are designed to develop management skills and knowledge in different areas for senior and middle level officers of State Government/State Public Sector Undertakings and State autonomous bodies.
These training courses are also meant tosensitize the officers to new and important issues facing our society. These programmes are conducted in the apex Training Institutes of the States. Apart from ATIs they are now also being conducted at District and Sub District Centres. These programmes cover large variety of subjects under broad thematic groups. During the year 2009-10, about 1150 such short-term courses are being sponsored through various State Administrative Training Institutes and other training centers on subjects such as Ethics in Administration, Disaster Management, Right to Information, Gender Issues, Decentralized Planning, Financial Management, e- Governance, etc. At the completion of each programme, a Course Director’s report is furnished by the institute which is analysed and appropriate feedback provided by the Training Division to the institute. With a view to ensuring that the quality of the programme is maintained at a high level, with outsourcing of faculty wherever required, and that the institutes do not face a financial constraint on account of increasing costs over the years, the rates of course fee are reviewed periodically and enhanced appropriately.
TRAINER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES
Recognising the importance of trainers in the training function, the Training Division started the Trainer Development Programme in the early 1990s. Initially faculty members of various training institutions were developed as Master Trainers and Recognized Users of various Training of Trainers (ToT) packages in collaboration with the Thames Valley University of U.K. Over a period of time, indigenous mechanisms were evolved for developing a cadre of professional trainers and resource persons in the country to create a cascading and multiplier effect. The programme has come a long way in embedding the Systematic Approach to Training (SAT) into the process of designing and imparting effective training to government officials. Currently, the following ToT programmes are sponsored under Trainer Development Programme at various training institutions across the country:-
- Training Needs Analysis (TNA)
- Design of Training (DOT)
- Direct Trainer Skills (DTS)
- Evaluation of Training (EoT)
- Management of Training (MoT)
- Experiential Learning Tools
- Mentoring Skills
- Facilitation Skills
Some other courses like Distance Learning Methodology (DLM) and e-Governance Workshop are also being sponsored. During 2009-10, around 200 courses on various packages are to be sponsored. The Department has developed a pool of around 50 Master Trainers and 200 recognized trainers in different packages who are called upon to conduct these courses.
FACULTY DEVELOPMENT SCHEME
A Scheme of Faculty Development was introduced in the year 2003, in which the trainer faculty are provided with opportunity to undergo short term training programmes in institutions of excellence within the country to hone and upgrade their knowledge and skills and to keep abreast of the various changes in the field of their specialisation by deputing them at suitable intervals to centres of excellence in such areas. The Scheme covers the trainers developed by this Department under Trainer Development Programme and faculty members working in the State Administrative Training Institutions and Central Training Institutions.
EXTERNALLY AIDED PROJECTS
Capacity Building through Externally Aided Projects under Project on Capacity Building for Access to Information.
The Training Division is executing a UNDP funded project on Capacity Building for Access to Information which ended in December, 2009. Among other activities the project provides capacity building through Training of Trainers at the national, state and district level and supports research, documentation and the dissemination for effective implementation of Right to Information Act 2005. The scope of this project has been enhanced and the same is being implemented across the country. CBAI Project Closure Workshop’ at the Centre for Good Governance (CGG), Hyderabad was organised on December 21, 2009.
As a part of the project, the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) jointly organised the International Consultation on Access to Information at Bangalore on October 8-9, 2009, in which eminent international experts on Freedom of Information interacted with key stakeholders involved in the implementation of RTI in India including State Information Commissioners.