New Delhi: Henceforth, new officer trainees of the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) will be awarded an MA degree in public management from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
The officer trainees will for the first time walk out of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussories with a two-year post-graduate degree in public management from JNU. The executive council had last week decided to grant the degree and LBSNAA will commence the course from the next session for the new batch.
The Vice-Chancellor of JNU, Sudhir Kumar Sopory has stated that the recognition of the course for LBSNAA is similar to the recognition granted by universities to other government institutions. For instance, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Indian Military Academy do receive the similar degrees from top universities.
“After a thorough consultation and auditing of the course content the university granted its recognition to the two-year course for IAS trainees,” Sopory said. He also added, “Though the course will be conducted in LBSNAA, there will be experts from JNU as well and there will be an academic audit of the course over a period of two to three years. JNU has a pan India presence in terms of recognising courses of premier institutes in diverse areas and this is a part of that.”
A similar initiative is being followed by graduates from the National Defence Academy. The course for LBSNAA will be only for the IAS trainees and not for other allied services.