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The Kennedy School’s newest Executive Education program has been launched this week in India. “Governance Challenges for India: A Mid-Career Programme for IAS Officers-Phase V,” a four week program designed and developed by the Kennedy School in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) is taking place on the IIMA campus.
Kennedy School Academic Dean Mary Jo Bane and IIMA Director Dr. Bakul Dholakia opened the program on Monday. Renowned economist Y.K. Alagh delivered the keynote address, calling it “a significant day in India’s quest for powering itself into the Twenty First century.”
The four-week long program will train approximately 100 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers, who have between 26-28 years experience.
“Looking forward, this first day of 2007 brings us together to embark on a month-long journey of learning from each other and jointly enhancing our understanding of the governance challenges for India,” said Akash Deep, Kennedy School assistant professor of public policy and faculty co-chair of the program. “At the dawn of the year that marks the 60th year of India’s independence, the Kennedy School is thrilled to be a part of the process of transition and to do so with those who are best placed to lead that transition.”
According to Professor Sebastian Morris, IIMA faculty co-chair, “the objective of the course is to think together about how to make good governance happen. Good governance is achieved through good policies which, besides having laudable objectives, must also be incentive compatible so they will not require continual administrative energies and support. Through the program, participants will attempt to examine this idea using their experience.”
A three-year agreement to design, develop and deliver the program was signed by the Kennedy School and the Government of India, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) through which approximately 360 IAS officers will be trained over the next three years.
Faculty from the Kennedy School and IIMA collaborated to design an integrated curriculum which is being delivered jointly by 12 Kennedy School and 14 IIMA faculty members over the course of the month-long program. Sessions focusing on governance, political economy, and policy analysis will be taught through cases as well as through lectures and specially designed exercises in which participants will work in small and large groups to develop ideas and solutions. In addition, guest lectures will be delivered on a wide range of public policy topics by experts from other research institutions and public sector organizations in India.
The Kennedy School’s degree programs and executive education programs have drawn senior officials from around the world for several decades. On average, the school’s student population is 43 percent international, with students and participants representing more than 80 countries.
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