IAS curriculum needs periodic review: Dr Jitendra

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh being briefed about recent curricular activities at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie by the Academy Director Rajeev Kapoor, at North Block, New Delhi.
Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh being briefed about recent curricular activities at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie by the Academy Director Rajeev Kapoor, at North Block, New Delhi.

Excelsior Correspondent
NEW DELHI, Nov 10: Emphasising the need for periodic review of curriculum for IAS/Civil Services at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said that while the Modi Government had taken a path-breaking decision to review and revisit the syllabus of IAS/Civil Services exam at pre-entry level, the same principle should also be applicable with regard to the curriculum at post-entry level in the Academy.
Sharing his views with Director, LBSNAA, Rajeev Kapoor, who called on him at his North Block office , Dr Jitendra Singh said, while the Mussoorie Academy has emerged as one of the topmost institutions of training in administration in this part of the world, this puts on us the added responsibility to ensure that there is no compromise at any level with the high standards achieved by the Academy. At the same time, he said, there is also need for all of us to reorient ourselves, from time to time, to the changing socio-economic requirements of a country as vast and heterogeneous as India.
Those who enter the Academy after successfully clearing the Civil Services Exam, Dr Jitendra Singh said, are among the best in the academic arena and therefore also deserve the best from the faculty and the Academy. The emerging scenario in the 21st century India coupled with the prospects of India emerging as a world power in the coming years, will require the future administrators also to be reoriented accordingly, he said. To this extent, in the next few years, the Academy may have a role to play which was never so crucial before, he added.
Director, LBSNAA, Rajeev Kapoor, among other things, briefed the Minister about the constraints faced in terms of availability of the faculty for the Academy and said, a number of options are being worked out to overcome this. He also gave a resume of the recently concluded Phase-I Training Programme for IAS Officers of 2014 batch. The new block of the Academy inaugurated by Dr Jitendra Singh on June 28th this year has become functional, said Kapoor and invited the Minister to visit the Academy in near future.

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