Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration
|Type||Research and Training institute on public policy and public administration in India|
|Director||Rajeev Kapoor, IAS|
The Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) is a research and training institute on public policy and public administration in India. Operated by India's Union Government, LBSNAA is located in the remote town of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand in the foothills of the Himalayas.
The academy's main purpose is to train civil service officers of the three All India Services namely Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and the Indian Forest Service; and also for Group-A Central Services such as Indian Revenue Service and the Indian Foreign Service among others.
LBSNAA was established in the Charleville Hotel, acquired by the Indian government in 1959. The Happy Valley Club area was also soon acquired to house the sports complex for the institution. The academy was initially named the National Academy of Administration. The academy was renamed in honor of Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri shortly after his death in 1966. The first director of the academy was A.N. Jha.
In India, most officers of the premier civil services of the country are selected through competitive civil service exams administered by the Union Public Service Commission. Applicants who are accepted attend LBSNAA for a four-month Foundation Course. In this course the feeling of "equality" among all the trainees is introduced.
After this, officers of the Indian Administrative Service continue their professional training at the academy, while officers of other services proceed to respective staff colleges, such as the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad for Indian Police Service officers and the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy in Dehradun for Indian Forest Service officers. Group-A Central Services officers proceed to their own staff colleges such as Foreign Service Institute, India for Indian Foreign Service officers.
The academy also began conducting Mid Career Training Programmes for officers of the Indian Administrative Service in 2007. Officers with about 15 years' service and due to become Joint Secretaries undergo the Phase IV Mid Career Training Programme, while officers with about eight years' service undergo the Phase III Mid Career Training Programme. The academy also conducts a number of short-duration training programmes in various aspects of governance and public administration.
The academy is assisted in research in areas of governance and public administration by a number of research centres, some of them having an autonomous status. The most important research centre of the academy is the National Institute of Administrative Research headed by an Executive Director. The academy also has the Centre for Disaster Management, the Centre for Rural Studies, the Gender Centre and the Centre for Rural Credit.
Academy has all basic facilities e.g. equipped lecture rooms, conference halls, auditorium, library, mess, hostel, sports complex, dispensary, bank, post office, EPABX, computer lab, Internet, SVGA projectors to handle computer screens and VCR output, Slide and overhead projectors and Video recording of classroom sessions.
The academy dispensary provides medical services, manned by a Senior Medical Officer, a Lady Medical Officer, nursing and technical staff. Academy has a pathology lab, an X-ray unit and a free homeopathic dispensary.
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