Friday, October 22, 2010

Bureaucrats In Classroom: 14th training workshop on preparation of cabinet notes to be held on Nov 9-10

THE writing training for Indian bureaucrats at the level of deputy secretary and director is continuing. The 14th training workshop on preparation of cabinet notes will take place on November 9-10, 2010, according to a DoPT circular dated October 19.
All Central government ministries and departments are requested to nominate two of their officers for the workshop. The nominated officers must not attend any of such workshop held earlier. The seriousness of organizing such a workshop could be gauzed as nominated officers would not be allowed to attend any regular office matters during the training.
Cabinet secretary KM Chandrasekhar’s decision to force senior bureaucrats to attend in writing classes caught the attention of media among others. But poor quality of cabinet notes compelled the cabinet secretariat to start this process of enhancing English writing skill among senior bureaucrats.
For the November session, the officers are advised to report to Chandan Mukherjee, deputy director, ISTM, Administrative Block, JNU Old Campus, New Delhi 110067.

Three top Keralite officers guide over 100 three-year old kids
Last Sunday, leading Malayalam daily Malayala Manorama organized a programme called 'Vidyarambham' in Delhi for which Malayalis brought their pre-nursery children. And guess who turned teachers to initiate the young ones and helped them to write? None other than three influential bureaucrats from Kerala, principal secretary to PM, TKA Nair (1963 batch retired IAS), President Pratibha Patil’s secretary and 1973 batch retired IAS, Christie Fernandez and India’s foreign secretary and 1973 batch IFS Nirupama Rao guided over 100 kids to start their studies by helping them to write Mantras. On the day of Vijaydashami, the Keralites celebrate 'Vidyarambham'. For the parents who want their children to be IAS and IFS officers, it turned out to be a rare moment as their children were guided by three bigwigs of Indian bureaucracy!

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