Sponsored by the Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India, the 45th Advanced Professional Programme in Public Administration (APPPA) is a ten months’ programme, designed for senior officers of the All India Services, Central Services, Defence Services, Technical Services and officers of State Governments.
The Programme is a unique blend of theory and practice that gives the participants an exposure to the associated concepts, skills and techniques. It also provides an opportunity of peer-group learning. The purpose is to enhance sensibilities, sensitivities and capabilities of the participants to explore innovative options and choices. The programme develops a critical analysis of policy and service delivery mechanisms at inter-governmental, national, regional and/or at the levels of local government. It aims at honing practical knowledge and skills to deal with management and policy analysis issues across the spectrum of governance.
About 1505 administrators/officers from All-India and Central Services including those from the armed forces and a few officials from foreign countries and teachers of Indian Universities have participated in the programme since 1975, the year of its inception. A good number of APPPA participants have subsequently excelled in their respective services and many of them have moved on to occupy important positions in the Government of India and in the states. The programme fosters a permanent alliance between the IIPA and its participants. The continuation of a vibrant IIPA Alumni Association bears a testimony to this.