Civil services curriculum needs to be constantly modified: Jitendra Singh

The civil services curriculum at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration must suit India’s changing scenario, said Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday stressing upon the need for constant modification from time to time.

The minister said that the curriculum for IAS or Civil Services at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) must suit India’s changing scenario and therefore, needs to be accordingly modified constantly and from time to time.

“This is also important to re-orient present and future administrators for the visionary roadmap that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid down before us for the next 25 years till independent India turns 100,” he said while addressing the valedictory session of Joint Civil-Military Program (JCM) at the Academy.

Singh called for joint programmes by institutes which are devoted to capacity building for good governance like, for example, LBSNAA, National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG), Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), Institute of Secretarial Training and Management (ISTM) and others so that instead of working in silos, there could be synergistic programmes which would supplement the individual efforts made by these institutes.

He also suggested widening the range of the visiting faculty at the Mussoorie Academy and making Guest faculty more inclusive of scientific experts, industrial entrepreneurs, successful Start-ups and women achievers.

One major step taken by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in the direction of major reforms, the Minister said, was instituting “Mission Karmayogi”, which when defined would be the emphasis on shift of functioning from ‘Rule to Role’.

Congratulating the Course Coordinator and the staff of the Academy for successfully conducting the one-week Joint Civil-Military Programme, Singh also complemented the officers who attended the programme, which is intended to provide structural interface between Civil Service officers and Armed Forces officers for a better and shared understanding, coordination and collaboration during joint duties and for the purpose of serving the national security of the country.

The Minister said, this programme was initiated in 2001 in the aftermath of Kargil War and has gone a long way in familiarizing the participants with the challenges of external and internal security and plays a wider role in exposing the participating officers to the imperative Civil-Military synergy.

As India enters 75 years of its independence, said Singh, and plans for the next 25 years, such programmes enable us to prepare the Civil and the Military authorities to jointly work in different conflict situations internally as well externally.