Welcome to the 47th Common Training Programme which marks the beginning of your career as civil servants. During your stay of six months or so at the Academy, the Faculty will be guiding you to acquire the knowledge and competencies necessary for meeting the challenges of public service in today’s Pakistan, particularly in initial years of your 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. An equal emphasis is laid on inculcating the right attitude and passion for delivering service to the common man efficiently and expeditiously. For this, we stress upon the values of discipline, hard work, conscientiousness, fair play and above all humility in the discharge of one’s duties. I, along-with my team, will make every effort to provide you an enabling environment and expect you to make the best use of this opportunity. The Common Training Programme also aims to teach you how to conduct yourself as a civil servant. Professional and social ethics, sportsman spirit and dignified behaviour are the basic norms expected of a civil servant. As the probationary officers come from different provinces and regions of Pakistan, the CTP provides you a golden opportunity to understand the varied cultures of Pakistan and the problems being faced by different regions. This would also help instill in you a sense of national harmony and an esprit de corps. I look forward to your active participation in this training programme and wish you success throughout your career.