Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Govt to send senior bureaucrats to Harvard to acquire leadership skills

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THE government is inviting applications from senior bureaucrats to do a leadership course at the Harvard University. The officers at the rank of additional secretary and joint secretary will be funded under the Domestic Funding of Foreign Training, or DFFT scheme for any of the four short-term programmes which were recently added to the list of…
courses that get government funding. One of the courses is about 21st century leadership amid chaos, conflict and courage, something senior bureaucracy in India needs to inculcate. Those belonging to IAS, Central Secretariat Service and other Group ‘A’ services officers who are holding posts on deputation under the Central Staffing Scheme, are eligible to apply.
The government in a letter dated May 3, 2013 made it clear that preference would be given to suitable officers belonging to the SC or ST category, women officers, and officers working in North-East states and Jammu and Kashmir cadre. The officers have to file the application online by logging into the DoPT website.
Here are the four courses at the Harvard
a) Driving Government Performance: Leadership Strategies that Produce Results (August 25-30, 2013)
b) Leadership for 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage (September 8-13, 2013)
c) Creating Collaborative Solutions: Innovations in Governance (October 20-25, 2013)
d) Leadership in Decision Making: Optimizing Organizational Performance (November 17-22, 2013)
The training division of DoPT has sent letters to all chief secretaries of state governments and UTs, and to secretaries of all the ministries and departments of government of India to nominate the suitable candidates. The last date of application is May 31, 2013.
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  1. Is it open for services like IRSE, IRSME, and other railway engineering services?.

  2. Good info. Well done. But only for senior officers. Will pass it over to my senior.

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  4. Here is the link of the actual circular in a PDF file. Kindly read it carefully to know the eligibility criteria in details.


    You can also get the details in DoPT site. All the Best.

  5. BOI your site provides very interesting articles and information...great job guys..very few sources i guess who talks about life and work of bureaucrats..

  6. There are many courses of various duration funded under DFFT scheme. One issue which should be raised here for the information of all non-IAS Group A services to ponder over. See who are eligible for all these training schemes. Go and check the eligibility criteria under DFFT scheme. The IAS hegemony is very apparent. Only IAS officers, Central Secretariat officers and those Group A officers who are on deputation are eligible. That means all IAS officers are eligible whether they are on central deputation or not. But other Group A officers are eligible only when they are on central deputation. What a farce. All civil servants recruited by the same civil services exam are not treated the same way here. All Group A Central Services officers are not eligible for this funding even though they work for the central government. IAS officers even though they are working for a state government are eligible. Why should central govt fund for state govt employees? Otherwise follow equal treatment. The present system violates Right to Equality. Every Group A officer should be eligible for funding under DFFT scheme whether on central deputation or not. Otherwise the alternative is all those on central deputation should be eligible no matter to which service he/she belongs to. The Scheme has been tweaked to benefit IAS officers. This is another example of the IAS greed. Civil servants of India rise up, understand and fight for your rights. Otherwise the IAS raj will break the country into pieces.