ISLAMABAD - Under Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s directions the Board of Governors of National School of Public Policy has rushed to facilitate the Senior Management Course (SMC) of the Bureaucrats here, The Nation learnt yesterday.

Official sources told The Nation, the Board of Governors NSPP met under the chair of Chairman Board and Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal last week and discussed the situation regarding the available facilities for the course. The Rector NSPP Ismail Qureshi briefed the meeting about the capacity of National Institute of Management.

The sources said that the chairman BoG constituted a committee comprising two members of Board of Directors - Director General NIM and representative of Establishment Division - for arranging the required facilities for the officers who will attend the course in NIM.

The SMC is mandatory for grade 19 officers of all services groups for their promotion to grade 20. This course is designed for officers’ capacity building for grade 20.

The SMC of different services groups started in other centres including Lahore and Karachi on February 15, 2016 but it was delayed in the federal capital till the meeting of BoG NSPP.

According to the Establishment Division, the course will start on 7th March. The Establishment Division had earlier announced that the SMC at NIM would start on March 15.

The sources said that the SMC is designed in Islamabad to accommodate few bureaucrats who did not accept to do the course at other station. They said the building of National Institute of Management is being hired on rent and required facilitates were not available in the building. The sources said that the Establishment Division has changed stations of several officers on pressure of politicians and senior bureaucrats. The last SMC was conducted in Islamabad few years ago only on the desire of two to three officers, they added.

According to the data available with The Nation, the Establishment Division changed the stations of eight officers just before two days of the course inauguration on February 12 and asked five officers to report to Islamabad and three to Lahore.

The Establishment Division issued another notification on February 12, 2016 and nominated another 23 other officers for the course.

Talking to The Nation, Rector NSPP Ismail Qureshi confirmed that the issue of SMC conduction in Islamabad was top agenda of the Board of Governors NSPP meeting and he told the meeting about available facilities in NIM.

Replying to a question, he said that SMC was held twice in Islamabad in last six years on the advice of former Prime Minster but this time a committee of senior officers has been constituted which will look after the required arrangements for officers during the course.