CIG, LAD and MGSIPA Train Indian Public Leaders in Critical and Analytical Thinking
November 1, 2020
PUNJAB (INDIA), 16 NOVEMBER 2020 — The Chandler Institute of Governance (CIG) is collaborating with the Leadership Academy for Development (LAD) and Punjab's (India) Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MGSIPA) to design and deliver the Developing Confident and Critical Thinkers through Case Study Writing and Teaching programme from 16 to 27 November 2020. The programme supports leadership and capability development, and equips public leaders to deal with the emerging challenges of governance.
The 10-day programme brings together middle to senior-level government officers and academics with appointments in research, think tanks and universities. Participants have the opportunity to develop skills in case writing and teaching while analysing international cases and scenarios.
The workshop is facilitated by Professor Kent Weaver, Professor of Public Policy and Government, Georgetown University and Faculty, LAD and Mr Blair Cameron, Consultant, World Bank Faculty, LAD. Both Professor Weaver and Mr Cameron have worked extensively in delivering case writing and teaching programmes with various governments globally.
Participants will develop case studies for MGSIPA during and after the programme. Selected participants will additionally support MGSIPA to conduct case workshops. The case studies and workshops will enhance MGSIPA's training and development for government officers in Punjab.
Mr KBS Sidhu, Special Chief Secretary, Government of Punjab cum Director General, MGSIPA opened the programme, explaining:
"The beauty of case studies is looking at various perspectives that people have, and how they would have acted in that hypothetical situation. This initiative will develop our civil servants and other specialists, and establish recent case topics relevant to Punjab and India.”
Mr KBS Sidhu
Special Chief Secretary, Government of Punjab cum Director General, Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration
Delivering her opening address, Mrs Jaspreet Talwar, Principal Secretary, Government of Punjab cum Director, MGSIPA, added:
"We have a very eclectic mix of both practitioners and teaching faculty from different universities in Punjab. This programme will develop a good repository of public policy & public administration related case studies which can be used for teaching not only by MGSIPA, but also by other institutions.”
Mrs Jaspreet Talwar
Principal Secretary, Government of Punjab cum Director, Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration
Affirming the usefulness of case studies in training government practitioners, Mr Wu Wei Neng, Executive Director, CIG said:
"Case studies are an excellent method for documenting and analysing relevant events, reaffirming knowledge and understanding, and enhancing problem-solving and analytical skills. We are confident that this programme will develop and bring together a solid group of case writers and facilitators to support and participate in future MGSIPA programmes.”
Mr Wu Wei Neng
Executive Director, Chandler Institute of Governance
The programme harnesses blended learning to successfully train government officers during COVID-19. Participants attend both pre-recorded and live sessions conducted remotely. Professor Kent Weaver, Professor of Public Policy and Government, Georgetown University and Faculty, LAD said:
"We are very thankful to our new partners at MGSIPA and CIG. We are convinced that this is the best way to move forward during this uncertain period of combating COVID-19. We are looking forward to a very active and interactive synchronous component of the program over the next 10 days.”
Professor Kent Weaver
Professor of Public Policy and Government, Georgetown University and Faculty, Leadership Academy for Development
The case writing and teaching programme is part of a bigger collaboration between CIG and MGSIPA to enhance Punjab’s government training and leadership development systems, and falls under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Government of Punjab and CIG.
About the Chandler Institute of Governance (CIG)
The Chandler Institute of Governance (CIG) is an international non-profit organisation, headquartered in Singapore. We believe in a world where citizens have a deep sense of trust in their governments and public institutions, and where nations are governed by principled, wise leaders supported by an effective civil service. Trust and effective governance serve as a strong foundation for national development and prosperity. CIG supports governments in building government talent, leadership and public service capabilities through training programmes, research initiatives and advisory work. We are not affiliated with any national government or political party, and we do not represent any partisan or commercial interests. For more news and information, visit https://www.chandlerinstitute.org or follow CIG on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn @ChandlerINST
About the Leadership Academy for Development, Centre on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University (LAD)
The Leadership Academy for Development (LAD) trains government officials and business leaders from developing countries to help the private sector be a constructive force for economic growth and development. It teaches carefully selected participants how to be effective reform leaders, promoting sound public policies in complex and contentious settings. A driving principle of the LAD curriculum is that policy reform is not like engineering or other technical fields that have discrete skills and clear, optimal solutions. Instead, successful reformers must be nimble and weigh a broad range of factors that influence policy outcomes. They must have a solid grasp of country-specific economic, financial, political and cultural realities. Most importantly, they must have a sense of how to set priorities, sequence actions and build coalitions. LAD provides participants with an analytical framework to build these abilities and operate effectively under adverse conditions. For more information about LAD, please visit https://cddrl.fsi.stanford.edu/lad/content/leadership-academy-development
About the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MGSIPA)
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 https://mgsipa.punjab.gov.in/
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