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12th Mid-Career Training Programme, Phase-III commenced at Main Campus on 20th November, 2017. The total duration of course is 4 Weeks (20th November 2017 to 15th December, 2017). The Chief Guest Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, delivered inaugural address to the participants. Smt. Upma Chawdhry, Director, LBSNAA also addressed the participants. The course team comprises of Smt. Arti Ahuja (Course coordinator), Shri Rajesh Arya, Smt. Thulasi Meddineni  and Smt. Hitashi Lomash (Associate Course Coordinators).


The importance of physical and mental fitness in leading a life of health, vitality and peace needs no reiteration, and this was beautifully reflected in the vibrant athletics meet of 92nd  Foundation Course held on 21st   & 22nd  October, 2017 at Polo ground. The Chief Guest for the Inaugural function was Ms. Deepa Malik, Arjuna Award  Winner  and International Para-Athlete. Smt. Upma Chawdhry, Director, LBSNAA was the Chief Guest for the Closing Ceremony. The meet lasted for two days, main events being 100mts, 200mts, 400mts, 1500mts races, 4x100mts & 4x400mts relay races, discus throw, long jump, high jump, shot put which culminated in a very enthralling tug of war. OTs participated with great enthusiasm and fervor, breaking some old records in athletics. Ms.Vishwanjali Murlidhar Gaikwad bagged 03 Gold, while Mr. Syed Qasim Abidi and Arjun Pandian bagged 03 Gold and were declared best women and men athlete respectively.


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, visited the the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand on 26-27 October, 2017 and interacted with over 360 Officer Trainees of the 92nd Foundation Course. He is only the 2nd Prime Minister to visit the Academy after late Indira Gandhi, who visited the Academy in 1974.  

On arrival at the Academy, the Prime Minister offered floral tributes on the statues of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. He interacted with faculty members of the Academy, who gave him an overview of the work being done there, to train India's civil servants.

He had a lively informal interaction with the officer trainees in four groups. During the wide-ranging interaction, which lasted nearly four hours, the Prime Minister urged the Officer Trainees to express their ideas and thoughts to him frankly and without fear. A variety of subjects such as administration, governance, technology and policy-making came up for discussion. The Prime Minister encouraged the Officer Trainees to study and research governance issues in depth, so that they could understand them well. He also stressed on the need for them to develop a national vision. The discussions were marked by a large degree of experience-sharing. Cabinet Secretary, Shri P.K. Sinha, and Director, LBSNAA, Smt. Upma Chawdhry were present during the interactions.

The Prime Minister also visited the state-of-the-art Gandhi Smriti Library at LBSNAA. He attended a short cultural programme by the Officer Trainees.

On the 2nd day of his visit, the Prime Minister participated in the Yoga session of the Officer Trainees, held in the lawns of the Academy, in the backdrop of the Himalayas. He unveiled plaques to mark the laying of Foundation Stone of the New Hostel Building, and a 200 metre multifunctional synthetic athletic track. The Prime Minister visited the Balwadi – A children school run of the Society of Social Service of the Academy and interacted with the children. He also visited the gymnasium and other facilities at the Academy.

Later Shri Narendra Modi, addressed over 360 Officer Trainees of the 92nd Foundation Course at LBSNAA, Mussoorie, The Officer Trainees belong to 17 Civil Services, and 3 Services from the Royal Bhutan Civil Service.

The address was preceded by presentations made by the Officer Trainees on essays written by them on the subject "Why I joined the Civil Services"; and on themes such as housing, education, integrated transport systems, malnutrition, solid waste management, skill development, digital transactions, Ek Bharat - Shreshtha Bharat, and New India - 2022. Officer Trainees also presented the best of their ideation on the Swachh Bharat Mission.

Addressing the Officer Trainees (OTs), the Prime Minister began by complimenting them on the presentations. He said that he has given instructions that these presentations be studied in depth by senior officers of the Government of India so as to combine the enthusiastic ideas of the young officers and the experience of senior officers. He said their observations and feedback should be shared with the OTs before the end of the Foundation Course.

Giving tips to the OTs on how to prepare for their life immediately after the end of the training, the Prime Minister said that they must always be alert and attentive to the people around them. He said that the learning from books would surely prevent them from straying down the wrong path; but it is the connect and the rapport they can establish with their teams and the people, that will help them to become successful.

The Prime Minister stressed on the importance of jan-bhagidaari, or public participation, for policy initiatives to be successfully implemented.

The Prime Minister said that before independence, the Civil Services were tasked with the objective of preserving the British Raj. Now, he said, the objective of the Civil Services is the prosperity and well-being of the people. He said if civil servants imbibe these objectives, the gap between Government machinery and the people can be bridged.

The Prime Minister said that the problem of silos can be effectively tackled during the initial training at Mussoorie. Referring to the trek performed by OTs during the Foundation Course, the Prime Minister asked them to imbibe the learnings of the trek, such as team spirit and leadership, and apply them throughout their careers.

The Prime Minister said that social movements can drive change in a democracy, and the civil services should be catalysts for the same. Referring to the devotional song "Vaishnav Jan", performed by OTs during the cultural programme yesterday, the Prime Minister said that the OTs should contemplate on the lyrics of this song, after replacing the words "Vaishnav Jan" with "Civil Servant."

The Prime Minister said that anonymity is the biggest strength of the civil servant. He compared the civil services to the fourth lion of the Ashoka Emblem, which remains invisible, yet makes its presence felt at all times.

The Prime Minister said travel is a great Indian tradition, and travelling and interacting with people is a great learning experience. He urged OTs to tour the field areas, during their postings.

Exhorting the OTs, the Prime Minister said that the "sense of career," which had successfully brought them to LBSNAA, should now be replaced by a "sense of mission" - to serve the people of India. He said that in future, when they serve in the field, this should be their "purpose of life."


The 11th round of Phase V course of the Mid-Career Training Programme held from 25th September, 2017 concluded with the Valedictory Function on 13th October, 2017. The Chief Guest on the occasion was Shri Amitabh Kant, IAS, CEO NITI Aayog, who delivered the Keynote Address and distributed course completion certificates to 83 officers from 21 States.  The course team comprised Smt. Upma Chawdhry, (Course coordinator), Smt. Arti Ahuja, Shri Rajesh Arya & Shri Alok Mishra (Associate Course Coordinators).


Shri  Rajnath Singh, Honorable Minister of Home, visited the Academy on 29th September, 2017. He addressed the Officer Trainees of 92nd Foundation Course and participants of Mid-Career Training Programme for IAS Officers, Phase-V.


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