Kashmir Institute of Public Administration (KIPA) was established in 1990 as AJK Staff Training Institute (STI). It functioned as such till February 2003, with the basic aim to train officers and other cadres of the civil service of AJK; to enhance their professional skills. In 2003, the AJK Govt. upgraded and re-designated STI into Kashmir Institute of Public Administration (KIPA). KIPA, over the period, successfully conducted a good number of short professional courses and also the only advanced course in Public Sector Management for mid-level officers in collaboration with NIPA (now National Institute of Management NIM) Lahore in 2003. The earthquake in 2005 devastated the KIPA building along with other government offices in the capital city, and thereafter, it resumed its training activities in 2010-11.

In August-September 2010, the then Chief Secretary, Govt. of AJK Mr. Shahzad Arbab with the approval of the Prime Minister, Govt. of AJK took a bold step to reorganize / revitalize KIPA and to develop it on the lines of National Institutes of Management in Pakistan. This was itself a task of greater magnitude because KIPA neither had the required resources, nor trained manpower besides wherewithal to function as an institution comparable with NIMs.

Keeping this state of affairs in mind, the then Chief Secretary, Govt. of AJK in a meeting with the then Rector National School of Public Policy (NSPP) on 14th June 2010 proposed starting of Mid-Career Management Course in AJK and for taking over and conversion of KIPA into KIM which the Rector agreed to. Subsequently, on 23rd August, 2010 the Chief Secretary, Govt. of AJK formally requested the NSPP to take over this institution, and on the request the Govt. of AJK Brig. Zubair Ahmed Chaudhri (Retd.) was assigned the responsibility to carry out an evaluative study in order to meet the laid down objectives. On 12th October 2010, the complete evaluative study was presented to the Rector and the Chief Secretary, Govt. of AJK.

With the approval of the Rector NSPP and in consultation with the Chief Secretary Govt. of AJK first Mid-Career Management Course (MCMC) was successfully conducted in line with other NIMs in May-Aug 2011, for potential B-19 officers. So far 02 Senior Management Courses (SMCs) for potential B-20 officers, 06 Mid-Career Management Courses (MCMCs) for potential B-19 officers, 02 Basic Management Courses (BMCs) for potential B-18 officers and one Junior Staff Course (JSC) for B-11 to B-16 employees have successfully been organized as per approved modules and methodology of NSPP.

Detail of so far conducted training courses, in chronological order, is as under:

Sr # Course Name Duration Number of participents Date
MCMC-1 10 weeks 30 Officers 30th May to 6th  Aug. 2011
MCMC-2 12 weeks 20 Officers 26th Sept. – 20th Dec. 2011
JSC-1 8 weeks 28 Officers 16thJanuary to 10th March 2012
MCMC-3 12 weeks 22 Officers 09thApril – 27th July 2012
SMC-1 12 weeks 26 Officers 24th Sep., 2012 to 22nd Feb., 2013
MCMC-4 16 weeks 29 Officers 08th July to 25th October, 2013
BMC-1 12 weeks 42 Officers 13thJanuary to 4thApril 2014
MCMC-5 14 weeks 17 Officers 08th August to 05thDecember 2015
SMC-2 20 weeks 30 Officers 23rdNov.2015 to 08thApril 2016
BMC-2 12 weeks 26 Officers 3rdOctober to 23rdDecember 2016
MCMC-6 14 weeks 30 Officers 20th February to 26th May 2017

Moreover, three workshops, one each on “Result Based Management (03-05 Nov. 2015)”, “Financial Reforms in Higher Education Sector (01-04 June, 2016)” were organized in collaboration with the Management Services Wing, Establishment Division, Govt. of Pakistan and Higher Education Commission, Pakistan, and ” Public Procurement Rules-2017 (05 June, 2017)” respectively. One conference on “Formation of Tourism Policy for AJ&K (02-03 June, 2016) was also organized in collaboration with the AJ&K Tourism and Archaeology Department.

The Govt. of Pakistan has made all the training courses conducted by NIMs and NSPP mandatory for promotion to the higher grades. The Government of AJ&K has also declared all the courses conducted at Kashmir Institute of Management mandatory for promotion to the next higher grade for the officers three major groups of AJK Civil Service i.e. Management Group, Secretariat Group and Police Department and Admin Cadre officers of other departments.