Saturday, December 26, 2009

Govt to select 30 Indian officers for IIM-B's public policy course; 7 weeks module in US planned

WISHING to take a break from mundane office work and get a degree of your lifetime, it's just here. Applications are invited from Indian officers either in state civil services or in the All India Services such as IAS, IFS, IRS etc. for Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management (2010-12) at the Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Bangalore. The programme includes an international module of about seven weeks’ duration at Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, University of Syracuse, USA. And yes, once selected, you don't need to pay anything. The cost of the domestic component of the programme (Rs 4.25 lakhs) will be met by the respective cadre controlling authority (for example, DoPT for IAS officers, MHA for IPS officers etc). The international component including airfare will be covered by the DoPT.
This will be IIM-B's ninth programme on public policy. So far seven programmes have been completed and 8th programme is currently in progress.
The government proposes to select only 30 participants for the 9th programme in order to ensure a high degree of excellence.
Maximum Age: Not more than 50 years as on June 30, 2010, and 53 years for ST/SC candidates
Last Date: February 5, 2010.

Click here for the actual DoPT circular (December 24, 2009)
Earlier Story
Public Policy course in South Korea (October 6, 2009)

HNI clerks in UP
According to a report, 364 clerks in Uttar Pradesh have been identified as 'crorepatis' (one crore means 10 millions). These HNI (High Networth Individual) clerks are based in the state headquarters of Lucknow alone. A media report said it quoting an unidentified vigilance official.


  1. Gone are the days when a private sector company poaches a government officer purely for laisoning purposes. If an officer wants to change track and become a CEO of a company, he needs to have a professional degree.

  2. the public policy course should have a mix of civil servants and pvt. sector executives for better appreciation of real issues of our public policy.

  3. It is good to send Government Officers for higher education but the problem is their services are never-never-never utilized after they have completed the course because of the system of transfer and posting. Some officers do go for such courses not because they are really interested to undergo such courses but to avoid repatriation to their respective cadres. If someone analyse the whole case one may find that many all india serice officers on completion of central deputation managed some kind of forein training.Some years back, Government made training compulsory of CSS officers before their promotion. CSS officers get promotion to the level of Deputy Secretary or Director at the fag end of their career. Government spent a huge amount of money but how the Government is benefited out of this? Now IGNOU imparts wide range of degrees and diplomas. Officers should be asked to choose any field of their choices as per their interest and complete such courses from IGNOU before completion of 10 years of service. The institutional training should be limited to one month's duration or so. Subsequently officers should be encouraged to undergo some more courses from IGNOU of short term duration. Government can consider granting special leave for preparing projects and appearing for exams. It is right time that Government consider signing a pact with IGNOU and some more open Universities rather than spending crores of money.