Public Administration training policy and enhancing capacity of Bangladesh civil service: a review
AuthorHasan, Md. Mahmudul
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With the emergence of a global economy, every country is facing more challenges than ever before. To adapt to the new environment, civil service operations has changed all over the world. To face the challenges of globalization and to meet the demands of the people, Bangladesh Civil Service must change like the civil service of other countries. But there is no 'quick-fix' to bring such changes. It needs long-term planning where training is the most important component. With this view, the study aimed at examining the effectiveness of the PATP 2003 in enhancing competencies of the officers of BCS (Administration) cadre.For the purpose of reviewing the effectiveness of the PATP, primary data was collected through interview and discussions with past trainees, faculty members and senior officers. A wide range of literature review was made which include some research work on training institutions, training methodology and effectiveness of training curricula. Some unpublished seminar papers were also consulted. The findings of the study reveals that the Foundation training Course (FTC) carried out by BPATC and the Law and Administration Course carried out by BCSAA are not effective enough to enhance the required competencies. The reasons for not achieving the targets are institutional weaknesses, lack of incentives, traditional training methodology, etc. The study also found that the training institutions are not empowered and strengthened in a manner as mentioned in the PATP. The control of the Ministry of Establishment seems to be over pervasive and hence these training institutions lack adequate independence. Moreover, the performance of the training institutions and the outcome of the training courses give a dismal picture despite the PATP having clear objectives in achieving positive results.