FAQs

Training FAQs       
1. What type of training does NASC organize? 
NASC, in general, provides two types of training- a) Core competency training, usually called ‘in-service training’, and b) specific competency training, usually called ‘specialized training’. 

2. How are training programs designed? 
Training programs are designed based on a comprehensive ‘learning needs assessment (LNA)’. In LNA, NASC team with the support of experts of concerned area conduct a comprehensive needs assessment considering the factors like roles and responsibilities of concerned officials, the short term and long term plans and programs of the Government, international practices and new knowledge in the areas. A wide range of consultations among the prospective trainees, supervisors, co-workers, subordinates, and citizens is done before deciding the course structure and components. In addition, reviews from experts and comparisons with similar international practices will suffice the training design. The training course will then be intensively discussed within NASC Faculty board and disseminated among larger group faculties. Faculties then will be trained intensively before piloting the training. Based on the piloting, full-fledged training is launched.  

3. How can interested applicants apply in   ‘Core Competency Training (In-Service Training) organized by NASC?
NASC makes public announcements usually one month before the proposed training dates through NASC website and correspondence to concerned organizations for call for application. Interested and eligible applicants have to contact their respective organizations to express their interest. The nominating organizations send nomination letters with a duly filled application form to NASC in response to call for application. NASC has set the following process and criteria for selection of applicants: 
•    Applicant should have at least three years of service in the designated position.
•    Should not have taken similar training previously. 
•    Should have interest and willingness to participate actively in all training activities and have learning activities.
•    The nominating organization shall have the right to nominate officials based on seniority within their organization. 
•    In case of more applicants applying for training, NASC will make the selection of applicants based on their seniority. 

4. How can interested applicants apply in ‘Specific Competency Training (Specialized Training)’ organized by NASC?
•    NASC has set the following procedure for applying in specialized training programs: First of all, the interested organization has to send an official letter to NASC requesting desired training revealing the number of participants and duration.
•    Research and Consulting Services Department (RCSD) from NASC will respond to the letter by sending the estimated budget required for the training. 
•    Upon acceptance of the budget, a contract is signed between NASC and the client.
•    Technical and financial proposal will be provided (if required). 
•    All the necessary documents required for organizing the desired training is forwarded to the concerned department or center. 

5. How many trainees are there in a training group?
For in-service training, the maximum number of trainees in a group is 30. However, for other training, the number of trainees can differ slightly depending upon the need and interest of client organization and NASC standard.  

6. What kinds of in-service training programs are conducted at NASC?
At NASC, mainly 4 types of in-service training programs are conducted namely Basic Administration Training (BAT), Professional Course on Management and Development (PCMD), Advanced Course on Management and Development (ACMD) and Senior Executive Development Program (SEDP).

7. What is the eligibility of the trainees to participate in core competency training (In-Service Training)?
 Following are the Minimum Eligibility criteria
•    BAT:  newly appointed gazetted officer (Class III or equivalent).
•    PCMD: a candidate should have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a gazetted officer (Class III or equivalent)
•    ACMD: a candidate should have a minimum of 2years’ experience as a gazetted officer (Class II or equivalent)
•    SEDP: a candidate should have a minimum of 5 years’ experience as a gazetted officer (Class I or equivalent

8. What is the time duration of different programs?
The time duration of different in-service training programs:
•    BAT: 6 Months for General administration group and 3 months for rest
•    PCMD: 30 working days
•    ACMD: 35 Working days
•    SEDP: 6 Month on Modular basis 

The duration of specialized training programs depends upon the need and interest of the client organization and NASC standard. 
 
9. How many training modules are conducted in a year? 
The number of training modules of In-Service Training Programs is determined by the annual calendar of NASC. Regarding the specialized training programs, the number of programs is determined on the basis of resources available. 

10. Are training packages available to private organizations as well?
Currently, NASC offers core competency training (in-service training) programs to the officials of the Government of Nepal and different public enterprises. However, specialized training programs are offered to the employees of private organizations as well. 

11.  Are training programs customizable?
Specialized training programs can be customized according to the needs of our clients and training standard of NASC

12.  Are all training programs residential?
Except for Basic Administration Training (BAT), all other programs are non-residential.

13. Is there a provision of exams after the training?
Yes, Module tests are conducted during and after the completion of the training program. Module tests are taken to determine the effectiveness of each module after completion of the specific module. 

14. Are trainees awarded with certificates after the training?
NASC awards trainees with training completion certificates upon the successful completion of training. There is also the provision of “Executive Director Gold Medal” for the topper of BAT.

15. Is there a provision of allowance to the trainees?
Trainees are not provided any sort of training allowance during training. However, they are provided with a lunch coupon every day.  , participants of PCMD and ACMD are provided with TADA while participating in Engaging with Local Government (ELG) module and participants of BAT   are provided with traveling and daily allowance while participating in Know Your Country (KYC) Module. The rate  of Travel allowance is determined according to the published rate of Department of Transportation Management and Daily allowance is determined according to the NASC standard 

16. Does NASC provide training packages to non gazetted level staff?
As per the current provision, NASC does not provide any sort of training program to the non gazetted officials. 

[For more details, visit Trainings ]
 

Research FAQs
1. Who can take part in research activities?
NASC mainly provides research opportunities to its in-house faculties. However, in some cases, external researchers are also called for research. Research and Consulting Services Department (RCSD) may call research proposals from external researchers in the area relevant to NASC. In such a case, an appropriate modality and terms of reference of research will be developed by the RCSD and approved by the Research Committee and followed by Training, Consulting and Research Committee (TCRC).

2. When are the proposals called?
 Every year, RCSD calls for proposals during the first quarter of the fiscal year. 

3. What is the procedure for submitting research works?
To know about the procedure of submitting research works, kindly refer to our Research Guidelines, 2013 (Revised 2017).

4. What are the areas in which research can be done?
NASC focuses on following broader areas for research works:
•    Organization management and administration 
•    Public policy
•    Development management 
•    Governance and public service delivery 
•    Economics and public finance 
•    Training and development 
•    Information and communication technology
These areas shall also cover underlying systems, processes, practices, contemporary issues, and relevant subthemes that are in priority of the Government and other public sector institutions.

5. How many members are there in a research team?
NASC encourages teamwork. Research work can be done by a team of 2 members. However, research can also be performed by single-member. 

6. Is there a provision of funds for the researchers?
NASC provides incentives to the researchers so that they can complete their research works successfully. Researches are categorized into three types by the Research Committee according to their scope. Incentives are provided as under:
a.    Type I- NRS 30,000
b.    Type II- NRS 60,000
c.    Type III- NRS 1,20,000
The researcher (team) is entitled to receive travel and daily allowances according to NASC Financial Regulations if their research project is based on field-visit.
7. How is the type of research determined?
Research is classified into three types:
•    Type I: Case studies with limited objectives and that can be used as a training tool or provide a basis for further research. 
•    Type II: Small research projects backed by a general conceptual framework and appropriate methodology and analysis plan. 
•    Type III: Full research having research questions/hypotheses and followed by a strong theoretical framework with appropriate methodology and analysis plan. Forty working days will be allocated for this type of research.

8. What is the proposal selection criteria?
To know about the detailed proposal selectin criteria, kindly refer to our Research Guidelines, 2013 (Revised 2017).

9. How does NASC evaluate the final research report?
The final research report is evaluated using the following process: 
•    Presentation to Research Committee and NASC faculty meeting
•    Evaluation through expert designated by the Research Committee in line with the coherence, objective, methodology, analysis, and citation and referencing 
•    The researcher (team) has to incorporate the suggestions from the expert and resubmit to the Research Committee for final approval.

10. What happens if the researchers fail to submit the final report?
If the researcher (team) fails to submit the final report within the stipulated and extended time, the project shall be canceled. In such a case, the grant received shall be reimbursed according to NASC Regulations.

[For more details, contact Research and Consulting Services Department (RCSD) ]

Consulting FAQs

1. What are the areas in which consultancy services are provided?
NASC undertakes consulting services related to the following areas:
a.    Management system and process 
b.    Human resource management system and process 
c.    Organization behaviour 
d.    Organization development/institution building 
e.    Strategic management/ planning 
f.    Procurement and contract management 
g.    Public policy 
h.    Governance and state management 
i.    Project management
j.    Financial management 
k.    Marketing management/business management 
l.    Knowledge management
m.    Management audit 
n.    Others (contemporary areas on management/development/public policy)

2. Is consultancy service free?
NASC charges institutional, consultancy, and logistics charge according to the existing rules. For more information about the rates, please refer to Guidelines for Consultancy Services 2012 (Revised 2017).

3. What are the steps to be followed in case a person/organization is interested in receiving training from NASC?
First of all, the concerned institution should provide a request letter to conduct the training. In the request letter, it should be clear on what type of training and how many participants are expected to take the training. In response to this, RCSD prepares the technical and financial proposal in accordance with the Guidelines of Consultancy Services 2012. Once the technical and financial proposal is accepted by the clients, then an agreement is done between the client and NASC. 

4. Which department/person is the point of contact for management consulting?
The Center for Marketing and Consulting Services (CMCS) of RCSD is the first contact point for management consulting. 

5. What are the steps to be followed in case a person/organization is interested in receiving management consulting from NASC?
It is the same as no.3. 

6. What determines the cost of training or consulting offered by NASC?
The cost of training/consulting is guided by the Guidelines for Consultancy Services 2012 (Revised 2017).

7. Is the price negotiable?
Prices are determined according to Guidelines for Consultancy Services 2012 (Revised 2017).

8. What major management consulting has NASC done previously?
In the past years, NASC has done Organization and Management (O&M) survey of many government institutions. NASC has completed the O&M survey of Gandaki Province and Nepal Telecom. Additionally, O&M survey of Sudhur Paschim Province, Province Secretariat of Province no. 2 and CBS are ongoing. Similarly, NASC has been also doing Human Resource Management survey of different government and private institutions. 

9. Who are the major clients of NASC?
The Major clients of NASC are Government organizations of all 3 tiers, Public institutions, SOEs.  Moreover, NASC also deals with Universities, Research organizations, private organizations, Development partners, Thinktank organizations.

10. What are the types of management consulting NASC offers? 
Organization and Management (O&M) Survey; Human Resources Management (HRM) of institutions; Review of Policy and Policy Studies; Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of different projects; Conference management; Survey Management and others.

11. Do you provide sample budgets or proposals?
It depends upon the nature and objective of the training and consulting. 

[For more queries, please contact the Research and Consulting Services Department ]
 

Rental Facilities FAQs

1. Does NASC provide a rental facility?
NASC provides rental facilities of the training halls, auditorium, and open space. 

2. To whom is the rental facility provided?
Rental facility is provided to any interested party whether public or private. 

3. What is the capacity of halls?
NASC has classroom-sized halls with a capacity of around 25-50 people, medium-sized halls with around 100 people, and an auditorium with around 300 people. 

4. What are the charges?
The current charges for renting are:

Type of Hall

Maximum Capacity

Rate

Auditorium

300 people

NRS. 35,000/ Day

Medium Sized Halls

100 people

NRS. 12,000/ Day

Classrooms

50 people

NRS. 7,000/ Day

Classrooms (Small)

25 people

NRS. 5,000/ Day

(If any sort of tax should be paid on the amount, it should be paid by the clients themselves. )

5. Does the above-mentioned charge include helpers?
Helpers are provided by taking extra charge if demanded by the clients. The above-mentioned price does not include the charge of helpers. 

6. What is the procedure for booking a hall?
a.    The interested party should submit an official letter to NASC on behalf of their organization requesting to provide the rent of the required space.  
b.    After the letter is accepted, the organization signs a rental contract with NASC. 
c.    20% of the full amount of rent should be paid as a deposit after the contract is signed. 
d.    The full amount of rent should be deposited 1 week before using the rented space.

7. Is there a provision of refund if programs are canceled?
In case of cancellation of the program, if the application of cancellation is given 3 days prior to the program, the amount is refunded after deducting 5 % of the total amount. If the application is given a day prior to the program, the amount is refunded after deducting 10% of the total amount. 

8. Are clients allowed to decorate the halls?
Halls can be decorated without affecting the walls and paints. However, the use of cello tapes, blue tags and other adhesives on the wall, as well as writing on the wall, is strictly prohibited. 

9. Who is responsible for the cleanliness of the halls?
The clients are fully responsible for the cleanliness of the halls. If the clients become unable to maintain cleanliness and NASC has to do it, the charge of cleanliness will be deducted from the amount of deposit. 

For More information regarding rental service, please contact Ms. Tulasa Kumari Hamal (9841592563) 
 

Resource Centre FAQs

1. What materials are available at the resource center?

NASC Resource Centre is equipped with books, research papers, periodicals, journals, magazines, and case studies. 

2. Who can access the resource center at NASC?

The resource center at NASC can be accessed by trainees of in-service and specialized training programs, in-house faculties as well as the general public. 

3. What are the areas covered by the resource center?
NASC Resource Centre mainly covers the following areas:
•    Public Administration
•    Public  Policy Management
•    Development Studies
•    Training and consulting
•    Federalism
•    Governance
•    Financial Management
•    Literature

4. What are the opening hours?
9 A.M to 5 P.M. every Monday to Friday.

5. Who can borrow materials from the resource center?
The staff and ongoing training participants can borrow materials whereas the visitors from outside and ex-participants can have access to the library for reading purposes only.

6. Can we have free internet access?
Yes, the internet can be accessed. 

7. What are the rules to be kept in mind inside the resource center?
•    Visitors must keep their bags outside the room.
•    Visitors should fill up the details in visitor’s record.
•    Disturbing others is strictly prohibited.

[For more queries, contact Ms. Amrita Manandhar (9849450056)