Civil Services Academy (CSA), Lahore is a premier training institution of Pakistan which impacts pre-service training to the Civil Servants recruited by the Federal Public Service Commission through a competitive exam known as CSS Examination.
Civil Services Academy, Lahore has two campuses: Walton campus and PAS Campus. Walton Campus offers Common Training Programme (CTP) to the new entrants of all twelve services whereas PAS Campus provides Specialized Training Programme (STP) and Mid Career Management Course (MCMC) to the Officers of Pakistan Administrative Service. Both these Campuses are under the administrative control of a Director General who is assisted by Director (CTP), Director (PAS), Director (Admin & Finance) and Director (Capacity Building).
The Civil Services Academy was established in 1948 for the training of fresh entrants to the Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) and was called the Pakistan Administrative Service Academy. Since then, it has undergone many changes in organizational structure and location. With the adoption of the Civil Service of Pakistan (CSP) Resolution, the Academy was renamed the Civil Service Academy and was shifted from a building on the Race Course Road (the present Circuit House) to the old Residency Estate on the Shahrah-e-Quaid-i-Azam. In addition to CSP probationers, it started imparting training to Pakistan Foreign Service (PFS) probationers in 1963. In 1972, after the creation of Bangladesh and the consequent loss of the Police Academy, the training of new entrants to the Police Service of Pakistan (PSP) was also entrusted to the Academy. Probationers belonging to the Information Service of Pakistan (ISP) started coming to the Academy in the same year.
To become a Center of Excellence in pre- service Public Sector Training
To conduct the pre-service training, in-line with the best international practices; and to enable the young officers to transform themselves into responsive, participatory, accountable and efficient Civil Servants through knowledge enhancement, skill development and attitudinal change, to cope with the socio-economic challenges faced by common man.
AIMS & OBJECTIVES
The Common Training Programme primarily aims at grooming young probationary officers into responsible, efficient and effective public servants. To achieve this aim targeted training activities are designed to achieve followings three objectives:
- Knowledge Enhancement – to impart the requisite knowledge about the Government working, relevant laws / rules / policies.
- Skill development- to impart practical & relevant hands on skills that will help them in performance of their duties and allow them to take evidence based decisions.
- Attitudinal Change- to inculcate in them the traits of integrity, impartiality, leadership, empathy, compassion & professionalism.
AIMS & OBJECTIVES
The Civil Services Academy (CSA), Lahore is a premier training institution of Pakistan for pre-service training of Civil Servants selected by Federal Public Service Commission through a competitive mechanism known as Central Superior Services Examination and recruited by the Establishment Division, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad. The Academy has two campuses, one campus is at Walton, which is used exclusively for the Common Training Programme (CTP), which is the flagship programme of the Academy. The other Campus, which is located on Shahrah-e-Quaid-i-Azam, is used for the Specialized Training Programme (STP) of the Pakistan Administrative Service probationers. The Academy is headed by the Director General who is a BS-22 officer.
Common Training Programme marks the beginning of career as civil servants. During stay of six months or so at the Academy, the probationary officers acquire significant knowledge and competencies necessary for meeting the challenges of public service in today’s Pakistan, particularly in initial years of service. Since the probationary officers have very diverse educational backgrounds, the Common Training Programme serves as a foundation course for officers of all occupational groups. The contents of the programme have evolved over time keeping in view the feedback received from previous batches. Courses like Economics and Public Finance, Public Sector Management, Quantitative Tools for Decision Making and BECURE (module of evidence based decision making devised by Harvard Kennedy School), Government and Society in Pakistan, inter alia, are an integral part of the CTP. Development of communication skills and analytical ability is also the hallmark of this training.