Bharat Darshan- the study tour, an exclusive chance to savour the magnificence and rich diversity of a continental nation, discern the underlying unity in the midst of diversity. This 21 days tour is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s Bharat Yatra. Its a fundamental part of training for future civil servants at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA)
The eight-week study tour- Bharat Darshan is also used to get the trainees familiar with public and private sector undertakings, NGOs, armed services, media, urban bodies, and Parliamentary proceedings. The IAS Bharat Darshan schedule is designed in such a manner that after 21 days, the young civil servant would get a good picture of the country’s diverse and rich cultural and geographical treasures.
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What is the Bharat Dharshan?
The IAS Officer Trainees have been generally taken for a Winter Study Tour in Phase I training session. The trainees will be columned into 9-10 groups to travel across the country covering different attachments along with a pre-designated itinerary. Different groups have different attachments. Usually, the Bharat Darshan commences in the month of December and continues till February end. This exclusive study tour enables the trainees to know about the ecological, historical and cultural background prevailing in the different zones of India.
Trainees will have an opportunity to visit different institutions of national importance like RBI, SEBI, NGOs and its functioning in the nation. For this purpose, the Bharat Darshan has a different attachment as given below. The various attachments help to imbibe the soul of India and its functioning.
- Army attachment
For the army attachment, the trainee’s group will be taken to Jammu and Kashmir. This attachment generally takes one week which is known as the long attachment. This helps the officer trainees to understand the functioning of Indian armed force and their interface and interaction between the civil administration and defence service.
- IAF attachment
For IAF Attachment the trainee’s group will be taken to Bidar, Karnataka or any other Air force station in India.
- Navy attachment
For the Navy attachment, the trainee’s group will be taken to a naval base in the country like Mumbai, Vishakhapatnam etc. sometimes it may include Indian Coast guard also. This attachment will take 2-3 days.
- Attachment with NGO
For the NGO attachment, the trainee’s group have a chance to visit an NGO and to appreciate their involvement in various fields of society and their practices.
- Attachment in Naxal-affected/ insurgency district
For the Navy attachment, the trainee’s group will be taken to a tribal village or Naxal-hit areas. This will enable them to understand the insurgency problems in connection with governance.
- Public Sector attachment
For the Public Sector attachment, the trainee’s group will be taken to RBI, SEBI, NTPC or some other public sector undertakings. This enables the officer trainees to know about the managerial practices and how they discharge their functions.
- Attachment with district administration
This attachment is to understand the administration and welfare schemes in urban local body and district level.
- Attachment with Forest/ Island administration
The hill areas, islands and northeast Indian areas are considered as the complex terrain region. This attachment is to understand the operation of local administration in the difficult terrain region.
- NSG attachment and Special Task Force (STF)
Officer trainees get a golden opportunity to meet NSG and STF authorities which take care of the security concern of the nation.
- Miscellaneous attachments & local sightseeing
Apart from these attachments, officer trainees will get an opportunity to have attachments with National Parks, Universities, NDRF and other institutions of national importance in India.
What comes after the Bharat Darshan?
After Bharat Darshan officer trainees undergo BPST (Bureau of Parliamentary Studies) attachment at the Lok Sabha Secretariat in Delhi. This one-week long attachment provides the officer trainees to understand the Parliamentary Proceedings.
LBSNAA provide a platform to handpick the best administrative practices and focuses to provide exposure to the officer trainees to both the diversity of India and the governance challenges.
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