Curriculum & Pedagogy

Curriculum and Pedagogy

To ensure that both the academic curriculum and training methodologies are relevant, they are constantly reviewed and updated through extensive Training Needs Analysis, expert guidance and feedback from Officers under training. The Academy designs its programmes following five distinct yet interdependent steps:

  1. Engagement with Trainees/Clients: This step involves preliminary discussions to assess training needs, reviews of feedback of previous Courses, diagnostic studies etc. to evolve board framework of the programme.
  2. Establishing Learning Needs. The identification of trainee needs is followed up with detailed assessment and analysis. Group and individual competency needs are factored in to evolve  a detailed programme design
  3. Evolve Learning Methods: The Course Team engages in firming up a detailed curriculum and a programme delivery design and also identify faculty most competent to deliver instructions
  4. Ensuring Learning: Interactive learning is emphasized and detailed feedback is obtained for mid-course and future corrections.
  5. Enable practical application: The trainees are strongly encouraged to share experiences and options for problem solving

The academic  curriculum broadly coves the following subjects:

  1. Public Administration and Social Management
  2. Management
  3. Law
  4. Economic
  5. History and Indian culture
  6. Political Concepts and Constitution of India
  7. Hindi and regional language
  8. Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

As the conventional classroom lecture method is often not the most effective route to create an impact on attitudes and values, several new mythologies have been innovated and introduced with significant success. Most courses operate on a modular structure whereby relevant themes are dealt with in a consolidated manner thus ensuring a holistic participatory mode of imparting the requisite knowledge, skills and attitude. A module may comprise all or some of the following mythologies:

  1. Lectures by both in-house and guest faculty
  2. Panel discussions(to promote divergence of opinions and views)
  3. Case studies/ Group discussions/seminars
  4. Films/simulation exercise
  5. Moot courts and mock trial/ order and judgment writing practices/Problem solving exercises
  6. Paper writhing (Term Paper, Syndicate Paper)
  7. Field visits

Specialized Research Units

The Academy has several specialized research center/projects that not only support the Government in policy formulation and review but also assist in structuring training programmes. They include:

  1. Training Research and Publications Cell
  2. Center for Rural Studies
  3. Center for Disaster Management
  4. National Gender Centre
  5. National Centre for Sustainable Community Systems

Collaborative Agreements with Leading Institutions

The Academy has developed strategic partnership within India and aboard in order to design and deliver contemporary knowledge to the Officers under training. Such agreements cover resource sharing, collaborative research, capacity building and improving quality of training inputs. These include: Center for Good Governance, National Institute of Public Finance and policy, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Administrative Staff collage, Indian Institution of Public Administration, Election Commission of India, Ecole National D’ Administration, among others.

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