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th49   Foundation Training Course

 

31 July - 27 November 2011

 

 

COURSE MANAGEMENT

 

Course Advisor

Dr. Md. Mahmudul Hassan

Member Directing Staff

 

Course Director

 Md. Towhid Hasanat Khan

Director

 

 

 

Md. Zakir Hossain

Libraian

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Course Coordinator

Mahbuba Farjana

Deputy Director

&

Course Coordinator

Dr. Md. Arafe Zawad

Assistant Director

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Course Coordinator

K. M. Abdul Kader

Assistant Director

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Course Coordinator

  A.S.M. Obaidullah

Assistant Director

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Course Coordinator

Afrina Islam
Assistant Director

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Course Coordinator
 

 

 

 

 

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Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre

 

Savar, Dhaka-1343

   Web: www.bpatc.org.bd


Table of contents

 

Introduction to BPATC___________________________________________________ 1

Foundation Training Course______________________________________________ 1

General Course Objective________________________________________________ 1

Specific Course Objectives_______________________________________________ 2

Requirements of the Course______________________________________________ 2

Training Methods_______________________________________________________ 2

Training Session_______________________________________________________ 3

Medium of Instruction___________________________________________________ 3

Course Contents_______________________________________________________ 3

Bangladesh Studies Programme___________________________________________ 3

Field Study Programme__________________________________________________ 4

Book Review and Oral Presentation________________________________________ 4

Extension Lecture______________________________________________________ 4

BARD/RDA/BRDTI Attachment____________________________________________ 4

Secretariat Attachment___________________________________________________ 4

Reading Assignment____________________________________________________ 4

Physical Training and Games_____________________________________________ 5

Term-paper writing______________________________________________________ 5

Syndicate_____________________________________________________________ 5

Examination and Evaluation______________________________________________ 5

Evaluation Method______________________________________________________ 6

Rector’s Medal and Merit Medals___________________________________________ 6

Interpersonal Relations__________________________________________________ 6

Visiting Faculty Members_________________________________________________ 7

Committee Activities____________________________________________________ 7

Discipline______________________________________________________________ 7

Dress Code____________________________________________________________ 7

Table Manners_________________________________________________________ 8

Accommodation and Food________________________________________________ 8

Other Skills Development________________________________________________ 8

Library Facility_________________________________________________________ 8

Medical Facilities________________________________________________________ 8

Recreation_____________________________________________________________ 9

Prayer facility__________________________________________________________ 9

Smoking or Taking Drugs and Alcohol______________________________________ 9

Any Question or Query__________________________________________________ 9

Course Contents______________________________________________________ 10

Tentative Schedule of Daily Activities______________________________________ 21

List of Faculty Members_________________________________________________ 22

Important Telephone Numbers___________________________________________ 24

List of nominated Participants____________________________________________ 25

Reading List__________________________________________________________ 31

 



 

Introduction to BPATC

 

Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) has been at the forefront of the development of piblic sector executives of the country. BPATC uniquely blends management development, consultancy, research and information and communication technology to prepare the civil servants to confront managerial issues and challenges. In the world of rapidly changing technology and fiercely competitive globalizing markets, the managers are to cope with different management obstacles. The Centre strives to prepare the managers to face the obstacles of modern administration of the new millennium.

 

It is located 28 kilometers to the north-west from Dhaka on the Dhaka-Aricha Highway. It has four regional centres located at Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi and Khulna.

 

Rector, a senior secretary to the Government of Bangladesh, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre. He is assisted by six Member Directing Staffs (MDS), nineteen Directors and other officers of different capacity.

 

The Centre conducts three core courses namely (i) Senior Staff Course (SSC) for Joint Secretaries to the Government and their equivalents, (ii) Advanced Course on Administration and Development (ACAD) for Deputy Secretaries to the Government and their equivalents and (iii) Foundation Training Course (FTC) for all newly recruited cadre officers, officers of judicial service and non cadre officers. Besides, the Centre conducts several need based short courses.

 

Foundation Training Course

 

Foundation Training Course (FTC) is the basic training course on administration and development conducted by Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC). As per Bangladesh Civil Service Recruitment Rules 1981, four months (120 days) long Foundation Training Course is compulsory for all new entrants to the Bangladesh Civil Service. The course is designed to equip the participants with basic professional qualities of the civil servants. The contents of this course are updated regularly so that the participants acquire the basic knowledge of various theories, concepts and issues on administration and development. The course aims at building personality, stimulating creativity and instilling leadership qualities into the officers. The course also provides an opportunity to the officers to familiarize themselves with various dimensions of socio-economic development of the country.

 


General Course Objective

 

Foundation training course is conducted with a view to create a corps of skilled, proactive and well-groomed civil servants committed to the welfare and development of the people in an ever-changing global context.

 

Specific Course Objectives

 

            Through this course the participants are expected to-

 

v              recognize the role of civil servants in a changing national and global environment;

v              identify individual strengths and weaknesses and promote interpersonal relations in overall management through interaction among the trainee officers of various cadres;

v              develope an insight on national goals and objectives through analyzing socio-cultural, political and economic development issues, strategies and processes realistically;

v              understand and adhere to the basic service norms, rules, policies and procedures;

v              learn skills on the practical aspects of management process;

v  Improve the skill on the application of ICT and e-governance;

v              communicate in English with accuracy and reasonable fluency;

vfoster esprit de corps, empathy, common perception and understanding among diverse stakeholders; and

v              enhance workskill through physical and mental labour to meet arduous challenges.

 

Requirements of the Course

 

Successful completion of the course demands strict adherence to the following conditions:

 

v              Meet and complete all standards and formalities inside the classroom, such as academic exercises, examinations, syndicates, seminars, group discussions, etc.

v              Attend all instructional sessions regularly and other activities punctually, preferably at least five minutes earlier than the scheduled time;

v              Participate in Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD), Comilla / Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bogra / Bangladesh Rural Development Training Institute (BRDTI), Sylhet, Secretariat attachment and field visit programme;

v              Submit term papers, field-study reports, book review reports and other assignments in time;

v              Stay compulsorily in the dormitory of the Centre and abide by the rules and regulations thereof;

v              Refrain from carrying and using of cell phone in classroom, mosque, library and during formal programmes or walking on the corridor since it is prohibited;  

v    BPATC is a smoking free zone. Participants should refrain from smoking  in the campus;

v              Participate in all co-curricular activities such as debate, extempore speech etc.;

v              Maintain strict discipline; abide by the rules of the Centre and code of conduct.

 

Success or failure in meeting the above requirements will be reflected in the final evaluation and in pen-picture of the participants.

 

Training Methods

 

      Various training methods like lecture, group discussion, exercise, case study, role play, syndicate work, presentation, attachment, film show and reading assignment will be employed. Despite certain limitations the lecture and discussion method is extensively used in this course. However, the course administration believes that this method of instruction can significantly be improved by active participation of the participants. The speakers will encourage the participants to take part in the discussions.

 

      Moreover, study tour will be organized to expose the participants to real life situation in the field. The study tour, an integral part of the course, will provide them with an opportunity to relate the important theoretical issues to real-life situation.

 

Other activities would mainly be team based requiring maximum interaction among group members for the accomplishment of a syndicate task. Each syndicate group may consist of 5-8 participants. A participant is responsible individually and jointly for the quality of the report. Each syndicate will present its report before the other syndicates in a plenary session.

 

Training Session

 

      Usually there will be five sessions every day. However, additional sessions may be arranged if and when required. Moreover, sometimes there will be evening sessions. Each session will be of one-hour and first session of a day will start at 08:30 a.m.

 

Medium of Instruction

 

The medium of instruction of the course will be both English and Bangla although English will be given preference. Further, since the Centre encourages the participants to develop their oral English skills, they are expected to speak English as far as it is possible with other colleagues at least during their time in BPATC.

 

Course Contents

 

The course contents are being continuously reviewed and updated by the faculty. In order to meet the training needs of the officers, the contents of the course are divided into the following major areas:

 

1.         Bangladesh Studies                                                                                                    2.                     Public Administration

3.         Management Process                                                                                                            4.                     Development Economics

5.         Skill Development                                                                                                                  6.                     Ethics and Human Rights

7.         Special Training

 

Each area is divided into several independent modules consisting of a number of topics. There are 22 modules in the present course. The details of course contents are given in the brochure. However, beyond the above mentioned theoretical contents of the course the following practical natured activities are included in the curricula.

 

Bangladesh Studies Programme

 

Participants of the course will visit one or more places of interest under the Know Bangladesh Programme during the course to explore the country.

 

Field Study Programme

 

 

A five-day-long field study programme adds an important dimension to the Foundation Training Course. Each participant will identify a problem, may be relating to his/her office/organization or given by the Course Management.They will investigate the problem through data collection in the field and its analysis. Based on their study the participants have to prepare an individual report and present their findings. During field visit programme staying days and nights in the selected upazilla is compulsory.

 

Book Review and Oral Presentation

 

Book Review is another important component. Each participant will write critical review of two books/journal articles (one Bangla and one English), one of which is to be presented in a session where a panel of members will evaluate the participants’ performance. The presentation of the review will be followed by a question-answer session.

 

Extension Lecture

 

A number of extension lectures are conducted with external resource persons. Extension lectures will be held in the evening. These lectures will focus on the issues of national/international importance and will offer the participants a scope to interact and share experiences with senior government officials and renowned personalities. After each lecture every participant has to submit a one page summary (learning points in bullet form) on the lecture in the following morning.

 

BARD/RDA/BRDTI Attachment

 

Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD), Kotbari, Comilla, Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bogra and Bangladesh Rural Development Training Institute (BRDTI), Khadimnagar, Sylhet are the institutions engaged in rural development programmes in Bangladesh. The participants are attached to these institutes to acquaint themselves with the concepts and techniques of rural development.

 

Secretariat Attachment

 

Foundation Course participants are attached to different Ministries for two working days. Secretariat attachment is an effort to give participants an opportunity to have practical knowledge about the activities, work procedures, decision-making and implementation process of different Ministries. Prticipants in groups will study the decision making process of a file (from the receipt of a letter/memo, putting up of the same to final decision).

 

Reading Assignment

 

There will be no classroom session on some topics of different modules rather concerned faculty members will provide participants with handouts on those issues.

 

Physical Training and Games

 

 

The Centre has a 2.2 kilometre jogging track. Participating in the jogging session in the early morning is compulsory. It is also compulsory for the participants to take part in morning physical exercise and afternoon game sessions.

 

Term-paper writing

 

Preparing term paper is also an important component of Foundation Training Course. The participants will prepare a number of term papers on current issues of national and global importance.

 

Syndicate

 

Participants are required to carry out syndicate works. The Module Director gives the topics, which are discussed and deliberated by the group members. The group will select a chairperson and a secretary among their group to conduct the exercise session. The exercise will be followed by the presentation of the syndicate amongst their group report.

 

Examination and Evaluation

 

BPATC follows a two way evaluation method.Performance of the participants is evaluated through written examination, presentation, syndicate/exercise and overall participation in every activity of the course. In addition to the written examinations of differnt modules, participants will be required to sit for a comprehensive examination which will cover important topics of all modules.  Apart from this, the course administration and/or other faculty members would evaluate the participants outside the course based on their out-fit, behavior and personality. The participants would also get an opportunity to evaluate the speakers as well as the course management and other aspects of the course. However,participants of the course will be evaluated on 1500 marks in total. Marks are distributed as follows:

 


Sl No.

Subjects of Evaluation

Alloted Marks

1

Written Test

650

2

Term Paper

50

3

Syndicate/Exercise

450

4

Book Review  and  Oral  Presentation

50

5

Field Visit Programme

(Field Visit-20, Report Writing-50, Presentation-30)

100

6

BARD/RDA/BRDTI Evaluation

50

7

PT and Games (Written Test-25, Attendence-10, Participation in Games-05, Jogging & Marathan (Fitness) -05, Dress-05)

50

8

Class Attendance

50

9

 

Evaluation by the Course Management

 

 

50

 

Total

1500

 

 

The National Training Policy has made it mandatory that all participants in a training course are graded on the basis of their performance and reports are forwarded to the concerned Administrative Ministries/Divisions for retention in the officers’ dossiers.  All assessments are based on a quantitative scale and graded in the following way:

 

Sl.

Percentage of Marks

Grading

1

90 and above

AA (Outstanding)

2

80 to <90

A+ (Very Good)

3

70 to <80

A (Good)

4

60 to <70

B+ (Above Average)

5

50 to <60

B (Average)

6

<50

Fail

 

 

Pre-test and post-test

 

A test will be conducted to assess the pre-training level of knowledge of the participants at the beginning of the course and it will be followed by a post-tarining evaluation at the end.

 

The participants must ensure their attendance in at least 95% of the instructional sessions and physical training and games. Absence from classroom sessions by one percent will result in a deduction of 10% marks. A participant will be instantly released from the Centre for unauthorized absence in a single session.

 

Qualifying marks in each module/subject is 50%.

 

Qualifying in all the examinations will make a participant eligible for obtaining the certificate. A participant who fails to obtain requisite marks gets two chances to sit for supplementary examinations. The supplementary examination is held after the course, if the Ministry of Public Administration nominates the participants. A participant will be finally disqualified if he/she fails in a single module/subject even after availing himself or herself of the two chances.

 

Rector’s Medaland Merit Medals

 

 

The Centre awards a unique prestigious medal, the “Rector’s Medal” to the participant securing the topmost position in the course by overall evaluation. The twenty-nine other top position holders are given Merit Medals.

 

Interpersonal Relations

 

 

One of the objectives of the FTC is to develop interpersonal relations and foster team spirit among the officers of different cadres through interactions. This will create an attitude of cooperation and fellow feeling among the officers of different cadres.

Visiting Faculty Members

 

No participant shall meet or otherwise be called by any faculty member in his/her office room. In case of urgency, the meeting between the participant and the faculty member may be held in the Course Office intimating the Course Management. Course Management will brief the participants accordingly and arrange the interview as and when necessary.

 

Committee Activities

 

The participants will be encouraged to form various committees among themselves. These committees will manage different activities of the course. Mess Committee, Sports Committee, Cultural Committee, Literary and Publication Committee and Environment Committee are formed with a view to developing leadership qualities among the officers.

 

Discipline

 

 

A strict conformity with the rules of the Centre is important for successful completion of the course. Violation of any rules, activities subversive of discipline or code of conduct, adopting unfair means in the examinations or unauthorized absence by any participant will render him/her liable to disciplinary action. The course authority and the evaluation authority may visit the dormitory at any time and check the presence of the participants. All participants must wear name badgesin all occasions except sports activities.

 

Dress Code

 

Male participants

 

Formal Sessions:All participants must wear formal dresses in all academic sessions and formal occasions. Male participants will wear tie and full-sleeved shirts with or without suit. It is advisable that male participants wear suits during mess nights, guest nights and at official dinner. Participants not intending to wear tie on religious ground may wear sherwani/prince coat.

 

PT and game Session:All participants must wear white-coloured English/tennis half pant/ tracksuit, white-coloured T-shirt and white-coloured keds with white-coloured socks.

 

Female participants:

 

Formal Sessions:Although salwar-kamiz is allowed, female participants are encouraged to wear sari in all academic sessions. However, they must wearsari in official functions and other formal activities.

 

PT and game Sessions: All female participants must wearwhite-coloured three-pieces/tracksuit, white scarves and white-coloured keds with white-coloured socks.

 

Table Manners

 

 

Government officials attend banquettes with guests from home and abroad. Besides, they have to arrange formal dinners on various occasions. Thus, to acquaint the participants with table manners and to enable them to practice it, several dinners with formal etiquette are arranged. The participants are expected to attend these dinners in formal dress.

 

Accommodation and Food

 

The Foundation Training Course is residential.  The participants will have to stay in the room allocated to them at BPATC dormitory. Leaving the Centre without permission is treated as misconduct. Meals are arranged through Mess Committee formed by the participants. The participants will take their breakfast, lunch, evening tea and dinner in scheduled time at the specific dinning place of the Centre. The Mess Committee is responsible for maintaining the overall quality of meals.

Please note that discipline, dress codes, table manners and

other dinning norms will be observed and evaluated.

 

Other Skill Development

 

 

The centre provides the participants with a good number of facilities to develop their skills. Computer training and car driving is compulsory for all participants. In two computer labs, all the computers are connected with radio linked Internet facilities. The participants are encouraged to send and receive e-mail and browse the net. There is provision for swimming as well.

 

LibraryFacility

 

The Library of BPATC is modern and well equipped with various books, journals and audio-visual aids. In its possession there are almost 1, 08,000 books for circulation to the readers. Participants will have ready access to the reading facilities. Photocopying facilities are also available on payment. Library remains open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, from 4:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 4:00 p.m. to 10 p.m on Saturday. The participants are encouraged to use the library facilities at the maximum effort.

 

Medical Facilities

 

The centre, which is run by three qualified doctors, maintains a small clinic with limited medical facilities. Participants are given free medical consulttion, prescriptions and limited medical care. The participants are entitled to have medical prescription free of charge and some common medicines that are available at the clinic, especially on emergency basis. However, the medical facilities can only meet the primary needs or minor cuts and injuries.  The clinic provides ambulance services on payment in case of serious illness.

Recreation

 

Since Foundation Course is very intensive, there is very limited scope for recreation. However, there are some television sets in the dormitories with cable connection. Facilities for playing Table Tennis, Carom, Chess, and Billiard etc. are available in the dormitories and indoor games hall as well. Participants arrange cultural programmes and mess nights every month. They are also taken to visit different places of interest.

 

Prayer Facility

 

There is a beautiful mosque within the premises of the Centre, but no separate prayer room in the dormitory. Interested participants can offer their prayer in the mosque. However, female participants can offer their prayer in their respective rooms.

 

Smoking or Taking Drugs and Alcohol

 

 

Smoking and taking drugs and alcohol in BPATC is prohibited and as such, participants are advised to refarin from such abusive manner during their stay in the Centre. Disciplinary actions may be taken for violation of such norms.

 

Any Question or Query

 

This Course Guidelines give an outline of the various aspects of the Foundation Training Course. If there be any queries, participants may contact with the Course Director or Coordinators personally. Daily schedule of activities, list of faculty speakers, list of participants, reading list are shown in Annex. In case of any emergency, participants may contact with Course Director or Course Coordinators through their office and residence telephone numbers which are attached as Annex.


Course Contents

 

BANGLADESH STUDIES

 

Module-01: Introducing Bangladesh and Exploration Visit

Module Director: Md. Anisur Rahman Khan

Evaluation Method: Written Examination (50)

                                                      Report submission on visit (50)

 

Objective(s):             To give participants a common understanding regarding the key social, cultural,                                                                                        historical and political aspects of Bangladesh.

 

Code

Topic

Proposed Speaker

Training Method

1.01

Anthropological Background of Bangladesh

GS

L & D

1.02

Historical Background of Bangladesh (up to 1947)

GS

L & D

1.03

Background and Spirit of Language Movement

GS

L & D

1.04

Background and Spirit of Liberation struggle of Bangladesh

GS

L & D

1.05

Liberation war of Bangladesh

Anis

Film Show

1.06

Cultural Heritage of Bangladesh

GS/Anis

L & D

1.07

Social Structure of Bangladesh

Anis

L & D

1.08

Archaeological and tourist spots of Bangladesh

Anis

Film Show

1.09

Know Bangladesh

Anis

Field visit

 

 

 

Module-02: Public Policy Formulation Process and Important Policies of GOB

Module Director: Md. Shafi-ul-Alam

Evaluation Method: Written & Exercise (50)

 

Objective(s): The participants through this module will be able to-

 

v  acquire sound knowledge about public policy, policy formulation process, policy actors and policy instruments

v  identify and appraise the role of public leaders and bureaucracy