The Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie is the apex training institution in India for the senior civil service. Established in 1959, after the erstwhile civil services training set up moved from Metcalfe House in Delhi, the Academy came to be housed in the grand Charleville Hotel at Mussoorie. Set amidst oak and cedar vegetation at an altitude of 2000 metres above sea level, the Academy has grown into a true embodiment of excellence in the civil services. In July 1973, the National Academy of Administration was renamed after the country’s second Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri, himself an epitome of humility and honesty.
Notwithstanding the limitations imposed by its location, the Academy prides itself for its world-class infrastructure. We provide quality residential accommodation for all our participants. We have one of the country’s finest libraries, the Gandhi Smriti Library with a collection of over 170,000 books and subscription to over 400 journals and periodicals. The teaching class rooms and lecture theatres are equipped with state-of-the-art teaching aids. The entire campus is wi-fi. The office functioning is completely paperless. The e-office environment provides for decisions on electronic files, training work is also e-based. Since the Academy lays great emphasis on physical well-being, we have an extremely well-equipped sports complex and riding establishment.
The Faculty comprises a healthy blend of senior administrators, academicians and researchers. The administrators combine the richness of their field experience with strong academic credentials to provide a stimulating atmosphere for learning. The introduction of an institutionalized and multi-tiered Mid Career Training Programme for IAS officers in 2007 has cast a greater role and responsibility for the Academy and its Faculty.
The Academy is a virtual melting pot where people across generations, from every part of our country and beyond, come in contact with each other. It is a place where participants from every state of our diverse country, speaking different languages, with diverse qualifications and socio-educational backgrounds meet, interact and learn from each other. These range from the brilliant young women and men beginning their career in public service, after qualifying in a rigorous competitive examination, to senior officials. This varied mix of people results in a continuous process of innovations and improvements in administration.
The Academy has recently completed nearly six decades of its existence. The raison de etre of its existence remains, even after fifty years, as relevant as it was at the time of its establishment. With India firmly on the path of accelerated economic development, the role of a professional, humane and people-centric civil service remains central to its strategy. The Academy is conscious of the vision articulated by the founding father of the All-India Services Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in 1949 before the country’s Constituent Assembly when he stated:
“You will not have a united India if you do not have a good all-India Service which has the independence to speak out its mind, which has a sense of security….The Constitution is meant to be worked by a ring of Service, which will keep the country intact”.
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