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IAS Academy unhappy with ISB courses | Delhi Durbar

IAS Academy unhappy with ISB courses

Senior IAS officers at the Mussoorie-based Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) are fuming after the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) tied up with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to invite the Indian School of Business (ISB)’s Mohali campus to prepare training modules for the academy’s instructors who train IAS Officer Trainees (OTs).

Sources in the DoPT in Delhi said the ISB team has submitted the training modules but instructors at the LBSNAA have found the modules fail to appreciate the Indian context and are poorly drafted.

The academy trains Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers, besides other civil services, considered the steel frame of India.

While eminent faculties from the IIMs and other prestigious public administration institutions have helped out with training in the past, ISB’s Mohali Campus was set up barely a year and a half back in April 2012 and has a very young faculty with little experience in handling governance issues.

The contract between UNDP and ISB’s Rajesh Chakrabarti was signed on 21 May, 2013. According to the contract, the ISB Mohali’s Bharti Institute of Public Policy was to develop “training modules on various themes of governance and capacity building” for the LBSNAA and National Institute of Administrative Research (NIAR) faculties and submit these by the end of September 2013.

The contract specifically asked for the services of team leader Chakrabarti, senior analyst Dr. Kaushiki Sanyal and public policy analyst Digvijaya Singh Sujlana. Chakrabarti is Executive Director at the ISB Mohali’s Bharti Institute of Public Policy. The UNDP contracted the services of Chakrabarti and two others at INR 24,85,750 for the duration of the project from the third week of May to end of September. India is a major contributor to the UNDP.

Sources also said that the cost of the project has quadrupled to nearly INR 1 crore after DoPT decided to send over 50 of its officers to Mussoorie to undergo a two day training module to be conducted by ISB. Officials at LBSNAA have been told to take good care of DoPT officials during their weekend sojourn at the Academy in Mussoorie.