ISLAMABAD; While chairing the 15th meeting of the Board of Governors of National School of Public Policy (NSPP) at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Tuesday, President Dr. Arif Alvi has underlined the importance of linkages amongst research institutions to produce quality research work in the country from which the civil servant could benefit for better public service delivery.
Various items of the agenda came under discussion and numbers of decisions were made to make NSPP, a vibrant institution for on-job training place for civil servants that could equip them with modern techniques and knowledge to improve their institutional decision-making ability. The Board reviewed the implementation status of the decisions taken during the previous meeting.
The President said that civil bureaucracy of any country have an important to play in improving the governance and implementation structure that leads to socio-economic development of the country. Therefore, he emphasized the importance of in-service training courses for the better public service delivery, which, he added is the primary duty of a civil servant. He added that on job training courses would not only improve the competence of our civil servants, but also improve professional knowledge and broaden their vision. He underlined the need for exploring the possibilities to have cooperation with other international training institutions to improve the knowledge and training base of NSPP. He also appreciated that the National School of Public Policy is striving hard to improve the capacity and vision of civil bureaucracy in the country.
Rector of NSPP, Mr. Azmat Ali Ranjha briefed the meeting about the functioning of NSPP. He said, “National School of Public Policy (NSPP) is a premier institution for public policy in Pakistan. Established under an Ordinance, NSPP was created by merger of Pakistan Administrative Staff College, all National Institutes of Public Administration in Pakistan. There is an independent Board of Governors, headed by the President of Pakistan as its Chairman to run the affairs of the NSPP”. Under the umbrella of National School of Public Policy, in service training at various levels is imparted at its integral and constituent units. This progressive training structure affords opportunity to trainees to gradually develop their capabilities from tactical to strategic levels.
The Constituent Units of NSPP include National Institute of Management (NIM) in Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Karachi and Islamabad. The erstwhile National Institutes of Public Administration (NIPAs) in Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi, as per decision in the third meeting of the Board of Governors, have been renamed as National Institute of Management (NIM) from 2006.