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Centre Stops Foreign Training

Due to outbreak of Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) Pandemic, the Union Government has stopped all Foreign Training of the officers.

Department of Personnel and Training in the Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions has notified the order on 15 June saying “Due to outbreak of COVID-19 Pandemic no foreign training will be conducted during current Financial Year-2020-21”.

In fact, due to COVID-19 Pandemic, Union Government has taken this step keeping safety measures and the financial austerity and has informed All Cadre Controlling Authorities (CCA)s and Central Training Institutes (CTI)s about the stoppage of Foreign Training.

However, under exceptional circumstances, if it felt necessary to conduct any Foreign Training, prior approval of DoPT must be obtained, says Office Memorandum of the DoPT.

Earlier under this program, the foreign training of bureaucrats under which IAS, IPS, IRS, IFS officers used go to top universities like Cambridge and Harvard for long and short-term management courses at the Union Government’s expense.

Earlier the Union Government had put on hold its Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT) Policy under which it has been funding the foreign training of serving bureaucrats at top universities around the world.

Around Rs 60 crore was spent on training 332 bureaucrats abroad in 2018-19, more than half of the Annual Training Budget of DoPT and a cost which has been steadily increasing – only 150 officers were sent abroad under the scheme in 2005 at a cost of Rs 12 Crore, official sources said.

Sending officers to top universities in the UK, US, China, Australia and Singapore was an expensive affair.

The Union Government last year held a combined five-day course for 430 newly recruited IAS, IPS, IRS and IFS officers at the Statue of Unity in Gujarat, after they had completed the foundation courses at their respective academies.

As part of this training, officer trainees were made to interact with social and economic global leaders and experts, with the Prime Minister saying that the exercise was aimed at officers not training in their silos.

Under the DFFT scheme so far, officers have been sent to attend Management Courses at Universities like Harvard, Chicago, Berkeley (California), Cambridge and ANZSOG (Australia).


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