ISLAMABAD -  In order to improve the standard of professional training of bureaucrats, it was decided in principle to upgrade and elevate the National School of Public Policy to the status of National University of Public Policy and Administration, in a meeting held under the chair of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi last week.

The PM also directed that the process of legislation should be initiated to give effect to the proposal.

It was also decided to continue the consultative process to review the incentive structure for the bureaucracy, which is the biggest impediment in attracting quality human resource in the civil service.

A civil servant, while talking to The Nation appreciated the PM’s support to upgrade the status of the NSPP to that of a university.

He said that the incumbent government should have decided this in the first year of its tenure.  The civil servant said that the NSPP was purely a training institute, which arranged the training courses for the bureaucrats and issued a certificate at the end of a course.

He said the NSPP certificate helped the civil servants in promotion to the next grade, because government had declared the training courses offered by the school mandatory for promotion.

The civil servant said that most of the civil servants go abroad for two years degree programme in public policy and other subjects related to civil services but after elevation of the NSPP as university, they would be enrolled here and get degree in Pakistan.

He said that the university would be the best place for retired bureaucrats to deliver lectures on civil service, and also help in capacity building of junior level officers during their degree.

Earlier, the National Assembly passed the National School of Public Policy (amendment) Bill that says that head of the training institute of bureaucrats can serve only for a single non-extendable term, and also creates opportunities for retired civil servants.

The amendment of Section 11, Ordinance XCIX of 2002, all appointments in the school shall be made on such terms and conditions as may be prescribed “the directing staff shall be appointed or, as the case may be, posted by the federal government management pay scales including MP-1, MP-11 or MP-111 or such other pay scales as may by prescribed through rules.”

The same clause further explains, “provided that 50 per cent of directing staff shall be appointed from among the persons from private sector or academia, provided further that where a retired civil servant is appointed under the first provison, he shall not be appointed unless he fulfils the criteria required.”

The amendment of Section 18, Ordinance XCIX of 2002 explained, “the Civil Service Academy and its allied units shall not be constitution units of the school”.