Lal Bahadur Shastri IAS Academy
Make a promise to yourself that you will meet yourself after a year at the hallowed grounds of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA). This is where future civil servants are groomed in the country. If you clear the UPSC civil services and make it into the IAS ranking, this is the place where you will spend the next 8 months. More about the training, later. In this article, you will read about the Lal Bahadur Shastri IAS academy.
Situated in Mussoorie, LBSNAA was established in 1959 as the National Academy of Administration for training career civil servants. It was created by a merger of the IAS Training School, Delhi and the IAS Staff College in Shimla. The Academy got its current name in July 1973 after the country’s second Prime Minister, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri. It is the primary research centre and training school for civil servants especially the IAS, IPS and IFS (foreign service), and also Indian Revenue Service probationers. It is operated by the Government of India. It researches as well as trains on public policy and public administration. The Academy’s current Director is Smt. Upma Chawdhry.
New Recruit’s Training
A probationer at first undergoes four months of foundation course here. At the end of the four months, the officers embark on a two-month Bharat Darshan. After this, they begin Phase I training which lasts for 15 weeks at the LBSNAA for IAS officers. After completion of Phase I, the officers go for field postings in their respective cadres for about eight months. After this, they start their Phase II training at the Academy for six weeks. It is only after completing this phase that they are considered IAS officers, and sent to work in their cadres.
Courses offered at the LBSNAA:
- FOUNDATION COURSE
This course is for the new recruits to the All India Services and Central Services (Group A). It imparts the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitude to become successful civil servants. According to the official website of the Academy, the chief objectives of this course are:
- To foster greater cooperation and coordination among various public services by building an esprit de corps; and
- To promote all-round development of the personality of an officer trainee- intellectual, moral, physical and aesthetic.
- IAS PROFESSIONAL COURSES
This involves the phase I and phase II training explained above. Also the all India tour is included in this course. They also go for a week-long attachment with the Bureau of Parliamentary Studies in which they are exposed to the functioning of the Indian Parliamentary system. They also visit the President of India, the Vice-President of India, the Prime Minister of India and other dignitaries during this period. Subjects taught here are:
- IAS in perspective/Role of the IAS in policy-making National Security/ Law and order.
- Agriculture /Land Management and Administration of Rural Development /Decentralization and Panchayati Raj.
- Urban management/Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnership.
- E-Governance/Office Management/Administrative Skills Soft skills (Leadership, Organizational Behaviour, Inter-personal skills) Projects Management.
- Engineering Skills and ICIT Financial management and project Appraisal Social Sector/Weaker Section & Minorities.
They also undergo field training in this course.
- INDUCTION TRAINING PROGRAM
This is aimed at officers promoted to the IAS from the state civil services.
- SHORT TERM COURSES
- MID-CAREER TRAINING PROGRAM
This program is for in-service IAS officers to equip them for higher-level responsibilities. It was started in 2007. This is given in three phases depending on the number of years completed by the IAS officer.
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