CIG and Punjab’s (India) MGSIPA Sign Agreement to Train Punjab Civil Service Leaders and Officers

INDIA, 2 MARCH 2020 — The Chandler Institute of Governance (CIG) will work closely with Punjab’s (India) Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MGSIPA) to enhance Punjab's government training and leadership development systems.

Both sides signed a Collaboration Agreement today to anchor the partnership, which builds upon a broader Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Government of Punjab and CIG.  

The agreement was signed by Mrs. Jaspreet Talwar, Principal Secretary of the Government of Punjab and Director of MGSIPA; and Mr. Wu Wei Neng, Executive Director of CIG.

The collaboration agreement formalises the areas of cooperation agreed to by both organisations. Some of these areas include enhancing civil service training quality and effectiveness through programme and people development, supporting systematic leadership development in the Government of Punjab, and the sharing of knowledge. CIG will also support MGSIPA in the establishment of a new Leadership Development Centre.

In line with these goals, CIG organised several workshops for MGSIPA officers and faculty, and Provincial Civil Service (PCS) Officers over three days. It included a panel discussion on “Good Practices in Public Sector Leadership Development” led by Dr. Goh Han Teck, CIG’s Leadership Development Advisor.

Dr. Goh Han Teck speaking at the Panel Discussion

Dr. Goh explained that leadership development had various aspects, as leaders had to develop their competencies, their context- and industry-specific knowledge, and their personal attitudes and values. As leaders progressed, they would face transition points and new responsibilities that would require them to behave differently from before.

The facilitated workshops provided a platform for MGSIPA managers, faculty and PCS officers to discuss leadership challenges and developmental needs, as well as what competencies leaders would need to succeed at each stage of their work.

Dr. Gyanendra Badgaiyan, Member of the Board of Directors at CIG, speaking with Provincial Civil Service (PCS) Officers at the workshops

MGSIPA faculty and officers at the workshops

MGSIPA noted that these workshops have supported them to “put in place new practices and programmes for improving public service training quality and effectiveness”.

About the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration

Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MGSIPA) undertakes research, consultancy, training and allied activities to improve management efficiency in the various areas of public administration in Punjab, India. For more information about MGSIPA, please visit

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