Journey towards Excellence
Nepal Administrative Staff College (NASC) has been on the move to develop it as a Center of Excellence in developing managerial competencies and organizational capabilities of public sector through implementation of strategic plan 2072/73 to 2076/77. As a leading public sector capacity building institution of Nepal, we have been devoted to fulfill core mandate of capacity building through training, research and consulting services following the core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, and creativity and innovation.
Coming to the successful completion of 35 years of journey since its inception, we have trained more than fifty thousand public sector officials of Nepal through various long and short-term training programs. Apart from training, the contribution in research and consultancy has also been the landmark. The particular FY- 2073/74 has been encrypted as a momentous year for NASC both in terms of words and numbers. We achieved 103 Percent of the target set for this year. We successfully conducted Basic Administration Training for 397 newly recruited class III officers of the government of Nepal. We have also been redesigning in-service training programmes for Class-II and III level officers of government as standard courses in modular approach on the basis of detailed need assessment in the changed context.
In terms of research, we are strengthening ourselves through training and incentives system for undertaking research by our faculties. As a noteworthy effort, we organized an International Policy Discourse and Research Conference on Public Policy and Governance in South Asia, where the policy experts, practitioners and researchers representing different South Asian Countries assembled together and discussed on the emerging issues of governance and public policy. The program also provided an opportunity for many NASC faculties to present their research findings.
NASC has achieved success in the public capacity building through various consultancy services carried out in this year. We prepared a three-year Strategic Plan for Public Service Commission of Nepal; conducted functional analysis of forest sector; developed organization structure framework of local level governments; and prepared HRD plan of Ministry of Agricultural Development and Ministry of Livestock Development.
Strengthening capacity of human resources is critical to excel in whatever we do. We have continued influx of new generation enthusiastic talents; develop their capacity and utilizing knowledge and skills of experienced manpower. State-of-the-art infrastructure is key for delivering capacity building services effectively. With this realization, we have strategic priority in infrastructure development. Refurbishment of hostel, setting of CCTV creating free Wi-Fi zone, installing video conferencing facilities, constructing standard football ground with running track and multipurpose covered-hall and upgrading other outdoor sports facilities are major achievements of the year.
Moreover, we have upgraded our IT systems to make it more interactive and user friendly. We have incorporated online training nomination in our website through which trainees can easily apply for training programmes. Instructional materials, journal and other publications are made available for public use through DMS (Document Management Systems) available in the website.
As a major breakthrough, we are conducting National Governance Survey- 2017/18 and Competency Mapping of Civil Service in three tiers of government in the new context of federalism. The studies are expected to create baseline of governance system and required competencies of the civil service. As a pioneer national level institute of this kind, we have also been extending collaboration and using the best available knowledge and skills at regional and international level. Association with Harvard University in evidence based policy making was initiated this year and Professional relationship with Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA) and Eastern Region Organizations for Public Administration (EROPA) have continuously been strengthened.
Finally, I extend my heartfelt appreciation to the staffs, Government of Nepal, valued clients, development partners, national and international organizations, and other stakeholders for their continuous support and cooperation to bring NASC at this position. I am confident in receiving the same level of support from all in future endeavors to make NASC "a Center of Excellence".