National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building

News: The “National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building” (NPCSCB) has been approved by the Government on 2nd September,2020 providing the following Institutional Framework for civil service capacity building:

  • Prime Minister’s Public Human Resource Council (PMHRC);
  • Cabinet Secretariat Coordination Unit;
  • Capacity Building Commission;
  • Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV); and
  • Programme Management Unit (PMU) to provide program management and support services.

Need of The Mission

  • There is a need to develop domain knowledge besides administrative capacity in the bureaucracy.
  • There is a need to formalize the recruitment process and match the public service to a bureaucrat’s competence, so as to find the right person for the right job.
  • The plan is to begin right at the recruitment level and then invest in building more capacity through the rest of their career.
  • As the Indian economy grows, it will get more complex to govern; the governance capacities will have to be enhanced proportionately which this reform undertakes.
  • The reforms in the Indian bureaucracy is the need of the hour and It is a major reform undertaken in recent years to transform it.

Details:

  • The Technical digital learning platform of Mission Karmayogi has become functional in pre-production (experimental) stage on which various types of learning courses are being uploaded by the Central and other training institutions.
  • Ministries and Departments implementing important National flagships programs and projects have been requested to develop ‘e-content’ in respect of their programs and projects.

Objectives:

  • To provide strategic direction to civil service reforms and capacity building;
  • Preparation of annual capacity building plans;
  • To strengthen functional supervision over training institutions;
  • To provide a digital learning platform providing best in class learning content.
  • Improved availability of trained workforce for effective citizen centric delivery;
  • Enabling data-driven decisions for training personnel management
  • Increased transparency and accountability in governance.

Benefits of the Mission

  • The programme will support a transition from rules-based to roles-based HR management, so that work allocations can be done by matching an official’s competencies to the requirements of the post.
  • Apart from domain knowledge training, the scheme will focus on functional and behavioural competencies also. It will provide an opportunity for civil servants to continuously build and strengthen their Behavioral, Functional and Domain Competencies in their self-driven and mandated learning paths.
  • It will harmonise training standards across the country, so that there is a common understanding of India’s aspirations and development goals.
  • Mission Karmayogi is aimed at building a future-ready civil service with the right attitude, skills and knowledge, aligned to the vision of New India. It will emphasize on ‘on-site learning’ to complement the ‘off-site’ learning.
  • It will encourage and partner with the best-in-class learning content creators including public training institutions, universities, start-tips and individual experts.

Challenges

  • John Maynard Keynes, the economist, once said that “The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones.”
  • There is a tendency in the Bureaucracy to resist the change which challenges their status quo. The bureaucracy too must understand the need of domain knowledge and the importance of moving away from generalist to specialist approach.
  • In today’s world the governance is getting technical with each passing day and hence it’s important that the person in authority too should have the requisite skill and experience in that particular area.
  • Thus, there should be a behavioural change in the bureaucracy too and they must embrace the change as a need of the hour and not an attack on their status quo.
  • Moreover, these online courses must not become another opportunity for the officers to go for the sabbatical leaves. It must be ensured that they are actually attending the courses and participating in it so that the purpose doesn’t get defeated.

Besides the NPCSCB, the Government is currently implementing following schemes namely-

  • Training for All Scheme with an objective of capacity building of all government officials at        National and State level.
  • Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT) scheme provides for short term and long-term   training courses abroad through training courses at the best international institutions.
  • Funding and supporting Foundational & Mid-Career training of civil servants through Central Training Institutions.