Thursday, August 11 2022

Union Minister of State (independent office) Science and Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today called on participating officers of the 48th 10-month Advanced Professional Program in Public Administration (APPPA) to develop the culture of working with “whole of government approach”, to provide common solutions and better results.

The minister, who is also the president of the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), said that a more integrated, holistic and synergistic approach of the IIPA is the hallmark of the training programs he conducts, benefiting the participants from different backgrounds. Dr. Jitendra Singh also inaugurated the IIPA’s new conference hall.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the 48th Advanced Professional Program in Public Administration (APPPA) in New Delhi today, Dr. Jitendra Singh, who is also the President of the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA ), said India was fortunate to have a Prime Minister like Shri Narendra Modi who is supportive of new ideas, progressive in thought and ready to make decisions that benefit the general public.

Dr. Jitendra Singh noted with satisfaction that the APPPA course has undergone changes and new areas like Atmanirbhar Bharat and Mission Karmayogi apart from other important government initiatives have been covered. He said the time for working in silos is over and there is a need to improve coordination and cohesion between ministries/departments in the country. He said it will help officers better understand and appreciate the various socio-economic programs.

Dr. Jitendra Singh reiterated the mantra given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “Minimum government, maximum governance” and mentioned that the government has been open about decisions. He announced that the massive promotion process for about 8,000 employees in central government departments has been started.

Referring to the drastic and visible shift in work culture since May 2014 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office, Dr. Jitendra Singh highlighted several original decisions like the removal of several old practices. He also referred to “DoPT’s Prashan Gaon Ki Or’r initiative which is based on the district development index program to bring administration and services to the ground level.

A total of 37 officers from the defense forces and the civil service are taking part in the 48th APPA which will last for 10 months and will end on April 28, 2023.

The APPPA course was launched in 1975 and was the first of its kind in the mid-career training segment designed for mid-level civil servants and defense force officers. Approximately 1600 officers have taken this course since 1975 and this program has been the IIPA’s flagship program.

APPA covers a variety of topics useful for mid-level officers to prepare them for more responsible leadership and decision-making positions. It includes a wide range of modules ranging from public administration, finance, digital governance, cybersecurity, agricultural economics, urban governance and consumer protection to environment and climate change and social systems.

SN Tripathi, Director General, IIPA, Amitabh Ranjan, IIPA Registrar, N Alok, Course Director and Mrs. Kusum Lata, Deputy Course Director (APPA) and Officers of IIPA and all participants of the 48th APPPA course attended the inauguration ceremony.

(With GDP entries)

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