Launch of DoPT’s Basic Leadership Skills Module and Learning Resource Centre


Dr. S. K. Sarkar, Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) inaugurated the rollout of the Basic Leadership Skills (BLS) Module for Central Secretariat Services (CSS) Officers at the Institute of Secretariat Training and Management (ISTM) here today. This was followed by the inauguration of the Learning Resource Center (LRC) by Dr. Sarkar at the Library Building at ISTM. Both these events are in consonance with the Result Framework Document (RFD) 2014-15 of the DoPT. 

The BLS module was rolled out at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie last year in the Foundation Course of Civil Services Officers and the Integration of BLS module with the relevant existing training module of ISTM for CSS officers is now being done with an aim to build leadership qualities among CSS officers. 

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sarkar said that the civil servants have to function in a complex and challenging environment today when there are increasing expectations of performance and ability to respond more efficiently and effectively to the needs of the citizens. Keeping this in mind it becomes imperative that all levels of civil service officers be trained in leadership skills to impart their duties effectively and take forward the vision of a citizen centric Government. The BLS rollout at LBSNAA, Mussoorie and ISTM, New Delhi substantiates the focus of DoPT in Leadership Development in Government. 

Later inaugurating the LRC, Dr. Sarkar said that the Center has been set up in line with the recommendations of the National Training Policy (NTP) – 2012. LRC`s mandate is to identify and adapt the leading national and international practices in the field of training techniques and technologies and strengthen the Trainers Development Programme (TDP) to develop a cadre of high quality trainers. 

Ms. Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator remarked that the Learning Resource Center is a great initiative that will help to promote innovative training techniques in central and state training institutions. Congratulating the DOPT on the occasion, Ms. Grande said that better training will contribute to further improve the delivery of public services. 

Both the above activities have been supported by UNDP under the ongoing Strengthening Human Resource Management for Civil Services (SHRM) Project. 

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