A well groomed, pro-people and committed civil service is the corner-stone in building a good governance system. It is necessary that different cadres of civil service regularly hone their skills by undergoing rigorous capacity building training programmes and workshops. The Kashmir Institute of Management (KIM), set up in Muzaffarabad in 2011, is committed to imparting qualitative training to the bureaucracy of the Azad Government of the State of Jammu & Kashmir.
Leading universities and training institutions around the world attach high importance to prepare civil servants for high quality research, result-oriented management and effective leadership. On the basis of empirical knowledge, modern public and corporate organizations regularly refine their standard operating procedures, management approaches and skill sets which keep them abreast with changes and innovations. The organizations which do not keep pace with the new developments and technological advances face failures and break-downs.
Clear objective setting, structured performance evaluation systems, honest and open feedback and communication are the fundamentals of effective leadership and sound management. I am glad to see that KIM is rightly focusing on modern techniques for efficient and effective management through high quality training programmes for civil servants.
Today’s young civil servants will assume positions of leadership in due course and, therefore, all the useful managerial and administrative skills should be taught to them as early in their careers as possible. By doing so, KIM will make them self-reliant and less dependent on consultants. Well-trained managers will boost morale within their teams to retain talent and enhance overall performance of the organization they lead or serve.
To its credit, the nascent institution of KIM has made remarkable progress in a short period of seven years.
The energetic and dynamic Director General KIM, Brig. ® Syed Akhtar Hussain Shah and his dedicated team deserve appreciation for outstanding achievements.
The Azad Government of the State of Jammu and Kashmir has always supported this training Institute in administrative and fiscal matters. It is the hard work, dedication and passion of the faculty and management of KIM that has enabled it to meet the expectations of AJK Govt. and has brought its trainees at par with the training institutions in the provinces of Pakistan.
KIM has achieved and maintained an excellent standard of service delivery. Qualitative training of the AJK bureaucracy in different areas including analytical approach, professional/academic research, critical thinking, public policy formulation, pro-people administration, rule of law, service delivery and leadership by KIM immensely benefits civil servants which, in turn, will augment the Government’s efforts aimed at ensuring the rule of law, efficient public service delivery and sustainable development.
KIM has developed liaison with the Gilgit-Baltistan Government, taken participants of the 2nd Senior Management Course to the Gilgit-Baltistan for their mandatory Inland Study Tour and has also invited nominations from the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan for training courses at KIM. Training of the officers from Gilgit-Baltistan at KIM will strengthen their bonds with Azad Kashmir.
I am confident that KIM will maintain and raise the standards of highly competitive capacity building training programmes for the civil service of Azad Jammu and Kashmir besides conducting qualitative research in the areas which will help us make Azad Jammu and Kashmir a role model in good governance, social welfare and sustainable development.