New Delhi: With the Mussoorie-based National
Academy ending its partnership with a US-based public policy
institute, the mid-career training programme for IAS officers
witnessed lower attendance this year.
Of the 100 odd-Indian Administrative Service officers of
1991-1995 batches, only 60 turned up for the eight-week
programme this year which concluded last month, according to
officers attending it.
The mid-career programme, which was started by Lal
Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) in
2007, was conducted in partnership with US-based Maxwell
School of Public Policy for three years. It was well-attended
in all these years, they said.
However, the attendance became lower this year. "The
winter is not a good time to conduct such courses," an officer
said adding, it could have been better organised.
However, an officer in the Department of Personnel and
Training said several state governments did not relieve their
officers for the training. "We are writing to these states,"
Asked why did the academy end the collaboration with the
US institution, he said experience of running the middle-level
courses has been gained for the last three years.
"Now the academy is managing with the help of
institutions like the IIM-Ahmedabad," he said.
Director of the LBSNAA was not available for comments
despite repeated calls.
For promotions, the IAS officers are required to undergo
such programmes. However, they get three chances.
Focusing on its larger theme of a more responsive
bureaucracy, the DoPT had decided to introduce mid-career
courses for IAS officers. The course is offered between the
14th and 16th years of their service and again between the
26th and 28th years.