STATE TIMES NEWS NEW DELHI: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and MoS PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh, who is also In-Charge of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) Mussoorie, was briefed here on Friday about 60th anniversary celebrations of the Mussoorie IAS Academy being observed this year and was also extended an invitation to address the event on 1st of September. In the meeting held here, the Director of the Academy, Sanjiv Chopra, gave Dr Jitendra Singh a resume of the prestigious academy, since the time it moved from Metcalfe House to Charle Ville in 1959, and has come a long way and witnessed immense growth both in academics as well as infrastructure. Pertinent to mention that Mussoorie Academy has emerged as one of the world’s most prestigious and reputed training centres for Civil Services and has been, over the last 60 years, nurturing young entrants into IAS / Civil Services and preparing them to serve the nation. Besides young trainees, the Academy also conducts mid-career training programmes for in-service IAS officers, in order to update and reorient them for their contemporary role in governance. Complimenting the LBSNAA Director for the glorious 60 years of the Academy, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) has today emerged as the leading Civil Services in the world and is being emulated by its counterparts in other countries. He said, while countries like Bhutan already have an arrangement for training their Civil Service Officers at the Mussoorie Academy along with Indian Probationers, in recent years, more and more number of countries are entering into an arrangement with India to avail of the exchange programmes at the academic level. Director Sanjiv Chopra extended a formal invitation to Dr Jitendra Singh to be the Chief Guest on the Annual Day of the Academy on the 1st of September. In his invitation letter, he said, it will be an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the Academy and reassure the nation that we are committed to deliver the best training to the Civil Servants for improving their capability, performance and productivity.
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