For 150 babus, the view is better from the Great Wall

New Delhi, Mar 29 | Updated: Mar 30 2007, 06:25am hrs
For the first time in the history of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), 150 officers of the 1991 batch are being sent to China for a fortnight on an exposure trip. The trip is part of the six-week Phase IV training of mid-career civil servants, which will entail a four-week programme in Mussoorie and a two-week visit to China.

Clearly, the government feels there is a lot to learn from Chinas successes in areas like SEZs, manufacturing, urban planning, industry and economy, a lot of which is relevant to contemporary India. Another primary objective of the programme is to help develop the next level of competency before the officers are promoted to higher positions. Phase IV training is expected to be held between April 23 and June 15, 2007.

Mid-career training programmes for IAS officers at three different levels in their service have now been made mandatory. Minister of state for personnel, public grievances & pensions Suresh Pachouri told the Rajya Sabha recently that these training programmes would be a necessary but not sufficient condition for promotion.

The officers are all going to China for blood transfusion. This is a part of the modernisation process of the civil services, a step to reform as well as update public servants. Good governance can be brought about only if the people in the planning and execution departments are well-versed in the global scenario, a source told FE.

The Maxwell School, Syracuse University, USA and IIM, Bangalore are reportedly conducting the training programme at Mussoorie.