Sustaining Excellence: New journey in Capacity Building
The government serves as the protector and provider to the country and its people. It has a vital role to play in maintaining law and order, providing avenues for citizens to be socio-economically involved and protecting them from external interference. For any governments to carry out these functions, an effective and result oriented public administration is essential. An efficient and effective public administration can only result from synergetic effort of its competent and capable officials. To contribute in this broader purpose, Nepal Administrative Staff College (NASC) was established as a national level autonomous institution in 2039 under NASC Act, 2039 with specific objective of enhancing the capacity of employees of the Government of Nepal (GoN) and Public Enterprises, undertaking problem-oriented research and providing consulting services to the GoN.
Since inception, NASC has set a benchmark of excellence in capacity building of public sector by equipping itself with highly qualified, well-trained and skillful graduates from reputed universities. Continuous empowerment of the government employees in administration, management and development is an integral part of NASC functions carried out through need based training programs, policy research and management consulting.
Coming to the 38th year of establishment, NASC has significantly scaled up its professional services in terms of both quantity and quality. Fiscal year 2076/77 marked remarkable achievements in building capacity of public sector. Following the course of five year Strategic Plan (2072/73-76/77), we have continuously improved the training programs, enhanced research competencies and expanded management consulting services to federal as well as subnational governments and public organizations. For the purpose, we have upgraded our learning facilities and developed competency of staff. We are also developing residential infrastructure at Namobuddha Municipality, Kavre. Master plan of the project is prepared and DPR and EIA are expected to be completed by this year. Similarly, reconstruction of Sampada Sadan, damaged by earthquake in 2015, will also be completed by this fiscal year.
As the country adopted federal system of governance, the system demands our bureaucrats to have higher proficiency in their work to perform their role fulfil responsibilities as per the constitutional spirit and values of federalism. In this connection, we are also shifting our focus accordingly to improving their attitude, behavior and establishing result oriented work culture as per the requirements of the federal system in the changed context. Our capacity building programs are well attuned to meet such requirements. Center for Federalism Studies, a recent initiative of NASC, has also been functional in conducting capacity-building programs for the public officials as well as elected representatives and enhancing knowledge base related to federalism affairs.
In the meantime, the global pandemic situation created by COVID- 19 affected few major programs planned in the last quarter of FY 2076/77. However, as a proactive response to the situation and meeting learning needs of officials, we prepared ourselves technically and professionally to design and conduct training programs in online platform. We continued remaining components of regular programs affected in lockdown period through online and completed successfully. Considering the uncertainty posed by elongated pandemic situation, we have continued capacity-building programs in virtual learning sessions in full fledge, which is well appreciated by our learning community. Our innovative efforts has created solid foundation for enhancing outreach of NASC in subnational level and offering eLearning and blended learning programs in future.
The potential impact that NASC’s service creates to the government and the public motivates the entire team of NASC to be determined in learning advanced skills and increasing our training capacity. Our team has consistently been putting best efforts to serve the bureaucrats for enhancing managerial skills and the government with evidence-based decision-making. We look forward to thrive in policy consultation to the government by analyzing practical issues, complication in government policies and providing recommendations.
The increased scope of our work requires competent staff, robust system of performance, expansion of learning infrastructure and facilities and increase in knowledge resources. We are now in the process of setting our strategic direction for the next five years to excel in all spheres of NASC performance. We aspire to create "one stop solution" for training, research and consulting in the area of administration, management and development by focusing more on policy management practices of government. We continue to increase our own capacity in physical, human and academic resources to justify our motto of “…devoted to making differences positively” and create further avenues in strengthening NASC as “Centre of Excellence”.
We have been able to sustain excellence in our institutional endeavors because of dedication and commitment of all the staff and continuous support from government and learning community. I extend sincere thanks to all of them for joining hands in this journey and expect the same spirit in the days to come.
Dr. Rajan Khanal