This Report of the Indian Institute of Public Administration pertains to the year 2018-2019. The Institute undertakes research studies on substantive and contemporary issues as well as in specific areas as sponsored by the governments, national organisations and international agencies. It also offers advisory services in operational areas to government and public sector enterprises. It conducts a large number of training programmes on various aspects and facets of the study and practice of public administration and management and trains about 5000 officers and civil society members every year from India and abroad. It also publishes and disseminates literature on public administration through special publications and journals.
The Report presents the activities of the Institute under the following four major heads:
- Research Activities
- Information Management
- Associational and Outreach Activities.
The Report includes information about the:
- Institute’s Finances
- Academic events like Seminars, Conferences, Lectures, Visits, Book Releases, etc.
- Activity Reports of various Committees and Centres of IIPA
- Academic Activities of Faculty
- Administrative and Personnel Matters.
The Institute organised a large number of training programmes which broadly fall into the following categories:
- Long-term Programmes: Includes Advanced Professional Programme in Public Administration (APPPA) for senior officers which is conducted for the Training Division of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Government of India.
- Sponsored Programmes: Mainly those sponsored by (a) the Department of Personnel and Training, (b) the Ministry of Urban Development, (c) the Department of Science and Technology, (d) the Department of Consumer Affairs, and (e) other Ministries/Departments, Public Sector Undertakings, etc.
- Fee-based Programmes: Designed and offered by the Institute at the behest of user organisation as well as at its own initiative.
44th Advanced Professional Programme on Public Administration, 2018-2019
The 44th Advanced Professional Programme in Public Administration (APPPA), a customised ten months’ programme for senior officers of the All India and Central Services including the Armed Forces was conducted by the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) from July 02, 2018 to April 30, 2019. The programme was sponsored by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. Forty officers from various Ministries/ Departments/Organisations participated in the programme.
Inaugurating the programme, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (MoS) (Independent Charge) for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Prime Minister Office, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space undescored the role and criticality of civil services in India. He opined that the richness and diversity of learning in APPPA drive the officers to attend the programme. Shri T.N. Chaturvedi, Chairman, (IIPA) and former Governor of Karnataka and Kerala observed that APPPA has functioned quite effectively for the last 43 years and the reason for this is that whatever is conveyed in the course, does not come only from the experts or the academics or the faculty of the Institute, but also from thinking of the participants themselves, and from their own experience. And that is why it enables the IIPA to modify, modulate, moderate, change and improve every subsequent programme for the next APPPA. So, it is an interactive programme. And it is the interactive process which really brings out the best in the participants. Apart from that, what is really important and what is always emphasised is that since it brings diverse disciplines, diverse areas—from the Defence Services to many other public services together—that shows that there is the need for mutual understanding of the limitations, the possibilities of cooperation and coordination so that what the people expect is done. So, this kind of convergence of talent and experience this APPPA represents, leaves no one in doubt that this time also the participants will carry this legacy further. In fact, APPPA as a programme encapsulates all aspects of governance in theory and practice. In his welcome address, Dr. Tishyarakshit Chatterjee, Director IIPA, urged the participants to use the APPPA as an opportunity not only for self-improvement in their area of specialisation but also undertake research into specific problems facing the nation and use the opportunity to find solutions that can be used as inputs into policy perspectives. Prof. Ashok Vishandass, Programme Director, highlighted the content, design and methodology of the programme and assured the participants that the Programme would be personally fulfilling, professionally rewarding, and intellectually stimulating. Dr. Kusum Lata, Programme Co-Director, delivered the vote of thanks.
The programme sought to renew the participants’ domain knowledge as well as sharpen their skill sets through an integration of management concepts, tools and techniques with the requirements of public policy formulation, analysis and implementation, including the design and execution of delivery systems. The purpose was to enhance the sensibilities, sensitivities and capabilities of the participants to make and implement effective public policy systems and also to encourage exploration of innovative options and choices. APPPA through an exposure to global trends and practices encouraged exploration of innovative options and choices. As participants may work in policy and service delivery at inter-governmental, national, regional or local government levels, APPPA is meant to sharpen their practical knowledge and skills to deal with management and policy analysis issues across the spectrum of public sector activities.
The programme enables participants to develop a broad perspective and synergy to contribute towards policy formulation and governance. It also seeks to inculcate:
- An attitude that augments efficiency and service orientation towards citizens;
- Deepen the appreciation of basic concepts of the social sciences, Public Policy, topical issues of public administration and governance in India;
- Analyse the factors that impact the application of policies and apply analytical skills in decision-making;
- Design a framework for administrative reforms and good governance; and
- Develop inter-personal skills and sensitiveness towards the needs of the people.
The purpose of APPPA is to enhance the sensibilities, sensitivities and capabilities of the participants to explore innovative options and choices in public policy formulation, analysis and implementation. It enables the participants to renew their domain knowledge and sharpen administrative skills and present a total package of agriculture, economic, social, gender in development, the underprivileged and governance, political and administrative knowledge. A new stream ‘Sustainable Agriculture and Risk Management’ was introduced for the first time in 44th APPPA (2018-19) which aroused, as found out at the end of the Programme, a lot of interest amongst the participants. Apart from these, the participants were afforded opportunities to undertake Dissertation on topic of their choices to encourage innovative thinking. Another meaningful and fun-filled exercise was ‘experiential learnings’ which promoted mutual sharing of experiences, expertise and provided opportunity for peer learning. In the experiential presentations, the focus basically has been on specific situation an officer had faced at some point of time in his or her career. These presentations highlighted innovations in the internal administration or in the field, best practices in organisational leadership and project manning and implementation.
The rural, urban and foreign visits were add-ons that have generated considerable, high quality inputs from the participants in their presentations that showed quick and easy appreciation of complex micro issues. The rural and urban field engagements with state governments sensitised the participants with socio-economic realities of rural and urban areas. The villages were selected from Gujarat (Ahmedabad and Kutch), Haryana (Gurugram) and Maharashtra (Pune). On return, the participants made Presentation and submitted their rural field study reports. Likewise, Urban Field Study provided an opportunity to the participants to appreciate problems in urban administration and management and the challenges in addressing them. The participants studied various urban developmental schemes and their impact on the socio-economic conditions of the people including those below the poverty line in select areas of Delhi, Gurugram and Mysore. The study also included interaction with the functionaries of the Municipalities and other development agencies. The urban study reports were also presented at a seminar.
The foreign study tour comprised about two weeks’ visits abroad in developing and developed countries. Out of a total of 40 participants, 18 visited Spain and South Africa while 22 undertook tour to Czech Republic and USA. This endeavour rounded off the training engagement by providing a comparative perspective on governance processes domestically and globally, gave the participants an exposure to the administrative practices to draw lessons from the countries visited. On their return, the participants found that rich experience they brought with them was of immense value in terms of learning.
The participants, through their dissertations, make a substantial contribution to theory and practice of public administration and demonstrate their analytical skills in the process. They made an in-depth analysis of a specific problem and examined its ramifications. After submission of the dissertations, the participants were called upon to defend the academic work thus done before the panel of experts which comprised both internal and external experts, besides Director (IIPA), Programme Director (44th APPPA) and Programme Co-Director.
The convocation of the 44th APPPA was held on April 30, 2019 when Lieutenant General Abhay Krishna, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Command, Lucknow was the Chief Guest during the occasion. Prof. Ashok Vishandass, Programme Director conducted the Convocation function and presented the Report of 44th APPPA Programme-detailing its contents, visits (rural, urban, foreign study and Fire Power Demonstration). It was brought out that a trip of all participants to Pokhran was organised for the first time ever to enable the participants to see for themselves India’s fire power demonstration. Another first time event was an interaction of APPPA participants with a Nobel Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, when he delivered a very engaging lecture in January, 2019. Shri Surendra Nath Tripathi, Director, IIPA welcomed the guest as well as the participants and Shri Shekhar Dutt, Vice-President, IIPA presented the opening remarks. Hon’ble Shri T.N. Chaturvedi, Chairman, IIPA and former Governor of Karnataka and Kerala, delivered the presidential address where he underscored that APPPA programme does provide an opportunity to all the participants to reflect on what they have been doing and how. While he thanked Lt Gen. Abhay Krishna for his gracious presence as the Chief Guest on the occasion, Hon’ble Shri Chaturvedi congratulated the participants of the forty-third APPPA on receiving M. Phil degrees, and the participants of forty-forth APPPA on the award of Masters Diploma in Public Administration. Lt. Gen. Abhay Krishna also congratulated the participants on being conferred the Degrees and Diplomas on 43rd and 44th APPPA participants and said that APPPA is a unique programme which draws officers from diversified Areas, viz. the three Armed Forces, All-India and other Group ‘A’ Services. He also added that normally, the Armed Forces officers do not get exposed to rigorous training on public administration which is very tough. It is only through this course that they get a fairly good insight into the prevailing work environment of the public administration. Towards the end, Dr Kusum Lata, Programme Co-Director profusely thanked one and all for making their contribution in making 44th APPPA professionally enriching.