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Domestic Funding of Foreign Training 2018-19 for Central Government Employees – DoPT Circular F.No.12037/41/2017-FTC dated 01.12.2017

Domestic Funding of Foreign Training 2018-19 for Central Government Employees – DoPT training division

F.No.12037/41/2017-FTC

Government of India

Department of Personnel and Training

Training Division

……..

Old JNU Campus, New Delhi-67

Dated: 01.12.2017

 

To

1. The Chief Secretaries of all the State Governments/ UTs.

2. The Secretaries of all the Ministries/Departments of Government of India.

Sir/Madam,

The Training Division, Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India shall  be  sponsoring  the  names  of  suitable  officers  for  undergoing  long/short-term  training abroad in various selected universities/institutes for the Financial Year 2018-19 under the full funding component of Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT) Scheme (up to one year).
The different training programs are broadly of the following kinds on the basis of their duration:

Kind of Program Duration
i. Short Term Program The programs whose duration is upto six (6) months
ii. Long Term Programs The  programs  whose  duration  is  more  than  six  (6)
months but upto one (1) year.

2.          Through  this  circular,  applications/nominations  are  invited  for  the  following  three categories of programmes to be conducted during Financial Year 2018-19 (April 2018 to March 2019):

 

Category-I

 

:

 

Courses where nominations are made by DoPT

 

Category-II

 

:

 

Courses under direct admission

Category-III : MACS programme at IACA

3.          Category-I :    Courses where nominations are made by DoPT

3.1              The  list  of  courses/universities  under  this  category  are  given  at  Annexure  A. (Programmes/dates listed are subject to change).

3.2              Officers Eligible:

(i)         All Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officers / Group ‘A’ officers belonging to Central Secretariat Service (CSS), Central Secretariat Stenographer Service (CSSS) and State Civil Service (SCS);
(ii)       Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Forest Service (IFoS) and Group ‘A’ Central Civil
Service Officers during the tenure of deputation under Central Staffing Scheme of DoPT.

3.3              Eligibility in terms of the Length of Service:

(i)         For IAS officers the qualifying length of service for long term programs is seven (7) completed years of service as on 1.7.2018.

(ii)       For IAS officers the qualifying length of service for short term programs is nine (9) completed years of completed service as on 1.7.2018.

(iii)      For IPS, IFoS and Group ‘A’ Central Civil Service Officers the qualifying length of service for all programmes under DFFT is nine (9) completed years of service as on 1.7.2018.

(iv)      For  SCS  officers  the  qualifying  service  is  nine  (9)  completed  years  of  service  as Deputy Collectors as on 1.7.2018.

(v)       For CSS officers the qualifying length of service for all programmes under DFFT is five (5) completed years of service as Under Secretaries as on 1.7.2018.

(vi)      For CSSS officers the qualifying length of service for all programmes under DFFT is five (5) completed years of service as Group A officer as on 1.7.2018.

(vii)     In addition to the above, the Officers on deputation with the Central Government under the Central Staffing Scheme of DOPT and applying for long-term programmes should have completed two (2) years of service on Central Staffing before the date of commencement of the programme.

3.4              Age limits:

(i)         The upper age limit for long term programmes is 47 years as on 1.07.2018.

(ii)       The upper age limit for short-term programmes is 52 years as on 1.07.2018.

(iii)      There  is  no  age  limit  for  the  short-term  programmes  at  Harvard  University, Cambridge University, University of California Berkeley and ANZSOG for officers of Joint Secretary/Additional Secretary/Secretary level (equivalent to postings in GOI). However, the officers applying for these programmes should have minimum 2 (two) years of service left for superannuation at the time of attending the programme.

3.5              Selection criteria:

(i)         The  eligible officers  applying  under  the  Scheme  will  be  short-listed  by  applying weightage criteria which includes parameters such as

For Short term Programmes

Foreign training deficit, Seniority, SC/ST/Women, posted in NE/J&K/Naxal affected areas, priority for being close to age bar and ACR grading.

For Long term Programmes

Seniority,  SC/ST/Women,  posted  in  NE/J&K/Naxal  affected  areas  and  ACR grading.

(ii)       The final selection and nomination of officers will be made on the basis of weightage criteria and preference of programmes indicated by the officers. The level of officers indicated for each programme will be as per their equivalence in the GOI. The selections for short-term training programmes at Harvard University and the customized programmes at Cambridge University, University of California Berkeley and ANZSOG will be based on seniority.

3.6              Cooling-off condition:

(i)         After attending a foreign training programme of upto one month, there will be a cooling-off period of two years before an officer can be considered again for another training programme. To illustrate, an officer who completes a short-term programme of upto one month in 2017-18, would be eligible for another programme under the DFFT Scheme only in 2020-21.

(ii)       After attending a foreign training programme of more than one month and upto six months, there will be a cooling-off period of three years before an officer can be considered again for another training programme.

(iii)      After attending long term training programme (more than six months), an officer would not be eligible for another long-term foreign training programme. However, an officer would become eligible for a short-term programme after a cooling-off of five years.

(iv)      Officers who have undergone a long-term domestic programme, viz., IIMB, MDI, TERI, NDC, APPPA, etc. shall not be eligible for any long term foreign programme but would be eligible for short-term training programme after a cooling-off of three years.

(v)       In case where an officer has already attended a Job Specific / Project related training abroad from their respective Ministries/State Governments, he/she shall be required to  complete  a  cooling  off  period as  mandated  in  clauses  (i),  (ii) and  (iii)  above, depending on the duration of such training, before he can be considered for training programme under this Scheme.

(vi)      The   foreign   component   of   any   compulsory   mid-career   training   programme undergone by the officer will not be counted for the purpose of ‘cooling off’.

(vii)     All cooling-off period shall be counted from the end of the financial year in which training is completed.

3.7              Debarment:

(i)         If an officer does not attend the course or withdraws his request at any stage after getting nominated for a course, he/she will be debarred as per provisions. The debarment will be for two years for not attending a short-term training programme and for three years for not attending a long-term training programme.

(ii)       Officer who drop out due to official exigencies at the insistence of their ministry/state government/organisation of present employment or otherwise shall not be put in the reserve list on their withdrawal from program.

(iii)      The   officers   who   drop   out   with   less   than   three   weeks   remaining   for   the commencement of the programme on the ground of official exigencies (as mentioned in Para 3.6(ii) above) shall be automatically debarred from any training under DFFT for a period of one year.

3.8              Undertaking:

An officer has to give an Undertaking that in case of any false information furnished by him/her in the application form, the full expenditure incurred on their training would be recovered from them with penal interest and action under CCS (CCA) Rules/other relevant rules will be initiated against them.

3.9  Feedback

(i) It shall be mandatory for the officers attending long term and short term programmes to give their feedback about the programme attended. The requisite feedback form will be mailed to them separately.

(ii) The officers nominated for long term courses shall submit a case study, a theme paper and shall be available as guest faculty for two years for providing training on the related subject at the Central Training Institutes, the Administrative Training Institutes and  in-service  training  programs.  The payment of  arrival  allowance  for officers attending long term courses shall be released only on submission of the filled up feedback forms, a case study and a theme paper and an undertaking to be available as  guest faculty as mentioned above.

(iii) Officers  attending  a  short  term  program  should  submit  the  feedback and  an undertaking to be available as guest faculty for two years for providing training on the related subject at the Central Training Institutes, the administrative Training Institutes  and in-service training programs on return.

3.10            Officers serving under Central Staffing Scheme:

(i)         The applications for long-term programmes by the officers working under the Central Staffing Scheme will be entertained only if they bear the NOC from EO Division, DOPT. A suitable column to this effect has been inserted in the application form (Annexure II).

(ii)       Officers on central deputation (other than IAS/CSS/CSSS/SCS) shall apply only for such  short  term  programs  which  are  fully  covered  under  their  tenure  of  CSS. However, in case their application includes choice for short term courses which conclude beyond their tenure under the Central Staffing Scheme, such will be entertained only if such applications bear the NOC from EO Division, DOPT for the extended period of their tenure. It will be the responsibility of the Nodal Officer to obtain the necessary NOC in this regard before forwarding the application.

(iii)      The officers whose tenure under the Central Staffing Scheme is due to come to an end within two months prior to the commencement of the long-term training programme, or during the course of the long-term training programme, should be nominated by the respective Ministries/ Departments of Govt. of India only after securing the cadre clearance of the respective State Governments/cadre controlling authorities on whose strength the officers are borne.

(iv)      In the event of nomination and final selection of such officers for foreign training programmes (referred to in Para 3.8(iii) above), the Ministries/Departments would be required to send a formal proposal for extending the Central Deputation tenure of the officers approved for nomination for training, upto the end of the training, to the Establishment Officer for obtaining the approval of the competent authority so that they could draw their salary from the Central Government during the period of training.

(v)       On return from training, such officers (referred to in Para 3.8(iii) above) would revert to their cadre and the Central Ministries/Departments shall not grant any leave in their cases.

(vi)      In respect of long-term training programmes, if an officer, at the time of application, is on deputation under the Central Staffing Scheme and subsequently gets reverted to his/her cadre before commencement of the training programme, the officer will still be eligible to participate in the programme provided he/she gets the cadre clearance.

(vii)     Similarly, officers subsequently laterally shifted to other organizations by orders of DoPT shall be eligible to retain their nomination under DFFT, provided they furnish no objection from their new organization.

3.11            Other conditions:

(i)         Officers    serving    in    the    Central   Government    at    the    level   of   Additional Secretary/Secretary may apply for programmes of one week duration only.

(ii)       The applications for both long-term and short-term training programmes must be accompanied by the ACR/APAR grading pertaining to the last five years. To be eligible for consideration for a long-term programme, the officer should have at least `Very Good’ grading in his/her ACRs pertaining to the past 5 years.

(iii)      Applications should be complete in all respects.
(iv)      Applicant should be clear from Vigilance angle.

(v)       The APAR grading/Vigilance clearance in respect of the applicant officers has to be necessarily filled in before finalizing application even if APAR  grading/vigilance clearance in respect of officers are available with DOPT. The APAR grading in respect of self can be filled by the applicant officer and must be vetted by Nodal Officer before finalizing the same.  The vigilance clearance has to be filled by the Nodal Officer.

(vi)      The nodal Officer has to take approval of the competent authority, as per extant guidelines before forwarding the applications.

(vii)     Officers applying for short-term training programmes at Harvard University and the customized programmes at Cambridge University, University of California Berkeley and ANZSOG have to furnish details of official foreign visits undertaken during the last three years in the application form.

(viii)    Officers  applying  for  long  term  programs  at  Australian  National University  and University College London have to undergo IELTS/TOEFL as specifically required by the universities.

(ix)      The officers are advised to see the particular websites of the universities/institutes for any specific pre-conditions related to admission process.

(x)        For long  term  programmes  at  LKY  Singapore and  London  School of Economics, application of those officers shall be considered who have already applied for these courses in response to this Department’s letter of even number dated 20.10.2017.

(xi)      An officer shall not apply for a short term training program which he has already attended earlier.

3.12            The  list  of  long-term  programmes  and  short-term  programmes  proposed  to  be conducted during FY 2018-19 are indicated in Annexure A. The nominations received in response to this circular can also be considered for any other courses that may become available during 2018-19 under the DFFT Scheme but are not indicated in the present list. Applicants/nominated officers are advised to check their respective e- mails for any alerts that may be indicated before the last date of application, for revising choices for the programmes as per the final availability list of courses. The status of application can be seen by clicking `Check Application Status’ on the online application portal.

3.13            Names of only those officers may be forwarded by CCAs/State Governments who can be spared / relieved at the time of commencement of the training programmes.

3.14            The   State   Governments/Central   Ministries/Cadre   Controlling   Authorities   are expected to utilize the skills acquired by the officers in the relevant field, on their return from foreign training.

3.15            The application form (Annexure I) for long-term and short-term foreign training as well as forwarding form (Annexure II) meant for filling by the Nodal Officers designated by each Ministry/Department and State Governments are available in this Ministry’s website at https://dfft.nic.in. It must be ensured that the application form for both categories of programmes (long-term and short-term) must be filled `online’ by the officers. Thereafter the same will be automatically forwarded by the system to their  respective  controlling  authorities.  The  Nodal  Officers  will  then  fill  in  the requisite details in Annexure II and send the same along with application form (Annexure  I)  of  the  officer  `online’  after  taking  approval  from  the  competent authority. For the officers of the level of Joint Secretary and above, the applications can only be forwarded after taking approval of the concerned Minister. It may be noted that there is no requirement of sending these documents by post.

3.16            Details of steps required to be taken by Nodal Officers for forwarding the application forms through `online’ mode are given at Annexure B.

3.17            The  officers  are  advised  to  go  through  the  programme  details  available  in  the respective websites of institutes/universities and make themselves conversant with eligibility and selection criteria and apply in accordance with the pre-requisites, if any, for a specific course.

3.18            The incomplete applications and those not accompanied by duly filled in Annexure II by the designated Nodal Officers will not be considered. It may also be noted that no reference  shall be  made  back  to  the  forwarding  authority/officers  for filling  and sending incomplete details.

3.19            A  User  Guide  for  facilitating  to  apply  for  training  programmes  is  prepared  and available at online application portal. At the time of registration on online application procedure, officers will also get an e-mail from the NIC system explaining about the application process. It is requested to read it carefully before applying. Sh. Sanjay Singh,  Scientist  ‘D’  Tel:  011-26161355,  email  address:   dfft.2018@nic.in,  may  be contacted for all queries relating to online application system.   The last date for application for officers is 03/01/2018 and the last date for finalisation of applications by nodal officers is 18/01/2018. The online application form will be available from 04/12/2017.4.               

Category-II :      Courses under direct admission4.1.              A separate application/sponsorship system has been devised in respect of long-term training programmes (other than the programs mentioned in Annexure-A) in the top 20 universities/institutions as per THE or QS world university ranking applicable for 2018 (enclosed herewith as Annexure ‘B’). The interested officers will apply directly to the university and undertake admission/selection process as stipulated by the university as a private individual, in the following thematic subject areas:

(i)         Public Policy, public administration/management

(ii)       Public finance

(iii)      Public health and Nutrition

(iv)      Population and demographic studies

(v)       Global security

(vi)      International development

(vii)     Urban planning/development, City Planning

(viii)    Social Development

(ix)      Social Protection

(x)        Social innovation

(xi)      Social welfare

(xii)     Economics and Applied Economics

(xiii)    Public Education

(xiv)    Leadership

(xv)     Transportation

(xvi)    Technology Management

(xvii)   Climate change and environment

(xviii)  Tax administration & revenue forecasting

4.2.              The  conditions  of eligibility  for  these  courses shall be  same  as  are  applicable  to Category-I long term courses.  Maximum of two applications for a particular course and three applications for a particular university/institution shall be considered for funding under this category. In case applications in excess of the above limits are received, funding will be done as per the criteria applicable for Category-I long term courses.

4.3.              The maximum amount of tuition fee payable will be the lower of the average of the fee notified by the university/institution for the last three years for the course or the actual fees payable.

4.4.              The officers applying for these courses must give intimation to the Training Division at the time of application. Once an officer is selected by these Universities, he/she may apply for sponsorship under the DFFT Scheme through his controlling authority along with requisite clearances as applicable for Category I, e.g., EO clearance, vigilance clearance, ACR grading, etc. The officers may, simultaneously, apply in response to this circular for other short term / long-term programmes also. In case an officer is  selected  under  both  the  processes, his  selection  under  direct  admission process alone will be retained.

4.5.              The officers who apply for these programmes but do not get DFFT sponsorship for some reason even after admission is confirmed by the concerned University, can get their admission deferred for the next year only with the prior approval of DOPT. In such cases they will be given priority for sponsorship in that year, subject to their fulfilling all the eligibility criteria at that stage, except the age criterion.

5.               Category-III:     MACS programme at IACA

5.1.              Eligibility

(i)         All Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officers / Group ‘A’ officers belonging to Central Secretariat Service (CSS), Central Secretariat Stenographer Service (CSSS) and State Civil Service (SCS);
(ii)        Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Forest Service (IFoS) and Group ‘A’ Central Civil Service Officers during the tenure of deputation under Central Staffing Scheme of DoPT.
(iii)      All Group ‘A’ officers posted in CBI under the Central Staffing Scheme of MHA;
(iv)      All Group ‘A’ officers posted in anti corruption wings of state governments;
(v)       All Group ‘A’ officers dealing with anti-corruption or vigilance from the participating services.

5.2.              The other conditions of application shall be same as are applicable to Category-I long term  courses.  The  officers  applying  for this  course  must  given  intimation  to  the Training Division at the time of application. Maximum of two applications shall be considered for funding under this category. In case applications in excess of this limit are received, short-listing will be done as per the criteria applicable for Category-I long term courses.

5.3.              Once an officer is selected by IACA for the course, he/she may apply for sponsorship under the DFFT Scheme through his controlling authority along with requisite clearances, e.g., vigilance clearance, ACR grading, etc. The officers may, simultaneously, apply in response to this circular for other short term / long-term programmes. In case an officer is selected under both the processes, his selection for MACS course will be retained.

Yours faithfully,

(Shri Prakash Dubey)

Director (Training)

List of short term programmes offered under the DFFT Scheme for 2018-19

Harvard University, USAAnnexure-A

University of Chicago University of California Berkeley,

USA ANZSOG, AustraliaUniversity of Cambridge,

U.K. Duke University,

USA University of California Berkeley,

USA Maxwell School,

Syracuse University,

USALondon School of Economics,

U.K. ENA, Paris, FranceOPM, USALKY Singapore*       

 Schedule is tentative.Listiflongtermprogrammesoffered under the DFFT Scheme for 2018-19

Note:          The list of short term and long term programs is tentative and is subject to final approval.List of Top 20 Universities as per THE and QS World University Rankings 2018

Annexure-B

Download / Read Domestic Funding of Foreign Training 2018-19 for Central Government Employees DoPT DFFT Circular F.No.12037/41/2017-FTC dated 01.12.2017

SNo Programme

Schedule

Level
 

1

Leaders in Development: Managing
Change in a Dynamic World
11-22 June 2018  

JS/AS/Secy

 

2

Infrastructure in a Market Economy: Public
– Private Partnerships in a Changing
9-21 July 2018*  

JS/AS/Secy

3

Senior Managers in Government 22 July to 10 August 2018 JS/AS/Secy
 

4

Leading Successful programs: Using
Evidence to Assess Effectiveness
 

29 April to 4 May 2018

 

JS/AS/Secy

 

5

Leadership for 21st Century: Chaos,
Conflict and Courage
 

24-29 June 2018

 

JS/AS/Secy

6

Rethinking Financial inclusion 8-13 Oct. 2018* JS/AS/Secy
 

7

Creating Collaborative Solutions
Innovations in Governance
 

20 – 26  Oct.2018

 

JS/AS/Secy

8

Leadership Decision Making 15-20 Oct 2108* JS/AS/Secy

9

Leadership Decision Making 4-9 Feb 2019* JS/AS/Secy
 

10

Leadership for 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage  

4-9 Feb 2019*

 

JS/AS/Secy

11

Emerging Leaders 24-29 June 2018 JS/AS/Secy
 

12

Applying behavioural Insights to the
design of Public Policy
 

28 Oct. to 2 Nov. 2018

 

JS/AS/Secy

SNo Programme Schedule Level

1

Financial analysis for non financial managers 6 – 10 Aug, 2018 JS/AS/Secy

2

The advanced strategy program: building and implementing growth strategies 1 – 5 October, 2018 JS/AS/Secy

3

Attending global investment To be decided JS/AS/Secy

4

Machine learning and public policy To be decided JS/AS/Secy

5

Policy analysis and impact evaluation To be decided JS/AS/Secy

6

Leading evidence based decisions (Washington
campus)
12 – 14 April, 2018 Dir/DS

7

Big Data and marketing analytics 12 – 14 September,
2018
Dir/DS
SNo Programme Schedule*

Level

1

Negotiations for Public Leaders 16-29 July 2018 JS/AS/Secy

2

Ethics and Governance 30 April to 13 May 2018 JS/AS/Secy
SNo Programme Schedule* Level

1

Advance Leadership Program 28 Aug. to 2 Sept 2018 JS/AS/Secy
SNo Programme Schedule* Level

1

Leadership & Strategic Thinking 3-8 July 2018 JS/AS/Secy

2

Leadership & Strategic Thinking 18-23 Sep 2018 JS/AS/Secy

3

Leadership & Strategic Thinking 2-7 Oct 2018 JS/AS/Secy
SNo Programme Schedule Level

1

Budgeting and Financial Management in Public
Sector
22 July to 10 Aug 2018 DIR/DS

2

Fiscal Decentralisation and Local Governance 8 – 27  July 2018 DIR/DS

3

Project Appraisal and Risk Management 13 May to 8 June 2018 JS/DIR

4

Tax Analysis and Revenue Forecasting 24 June to 20 July 2018 DIR/DS
SNo Programme Schedule Level

1

Certificate Program in Public Policy-Aug’18 4 months (Aug to Dec. 2018) DIR/DS

2

Certificate Program in Public Policy-Jan’19 4 months (Jan to May 2019) DIR/DS
SNo Programme Schedule Level

1

Certificate Program in Public Administration 4 months (Aug to Dec. 2018) DIR/DS

2

Certificate Program in Public Administration 4 months (Jan to May 2019) DIR/DS
SNo Programme Schedule Level

1

Finance 18 June to 6 July 2018 JS/DIR

2

Managerial Accounting & Financial Control 9-27 July 2018 DS/US

3

Bargaining and Negotiation: Interests,
Information, Strategy and Power
18 June to 6 July 2018 DIR/DS

4

The Political economy public policy 9-27 July 2018 DIR/DS

5

the International organisation: the Institutions
Global governance
9-27 July 2018 DIR/DS
SNo Programme Schedule

Level

1

Fighting Corruption 5-16 Nov. 2018 DIR/DS

2

Management in Public Sector 14-25 May 2018 DS/US

3

Local Government 1-12 Oct. 2018 DIR/DS
SNo Programme Schedule* Level

1

Collaborative Leadership 21 – 31 Augg2018 DIR/DS

2

Executive Development: Leading Change 11 – 21 Sept. 2018 JS/DIR
SNo Programme Schedule* Level

1

Essentials of Policy Development 13 – 17 Aug 2018 DIR/DS
SNo University/institute Programme

1

University of California, Berkeley, USA EMPA

2

Duke University, USA MA in International Development
 

3

 

King’s College, London, U.K

M.A. in South Asia and Global Security
M.Sc. in Public Policy & Management

4

University college London MPA in Public Administration &Management

5

Australian National University Master in Public Policy
 

6

 

LKY School of Public Policy, NUS

Master in Public Management
Master in Public Administration

7

London School of Economics, U.K. MSc Public Policy and Administration

8

Maxwell School, Syracuse University, USA EMPA

9

IDS, University of Sussex, U.K. MA Development Studies
 

Sl
No

 

Name of the University/Institution

 

Country

THE
World
University
Ranking
2018

 

QS World University Ranking
2018

1

University of Oxford United Kingdom

1

6

2

University of Cambridge United Kingdom

2

5

3

California Institute of Technology United States

3

4

4

Stanford University United States

3

2

5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States

5

1

6

Harvard University United States

6

3

7

Princeton University United States

7

13

8

Imperial College London United Kingdom

8

8

9

University of Chicago United States

9

9

 

10

ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology Zurich
 

Switzerland

 

10

 

10

11 University of Pennsylvania United States

10

19

12 Yale University United States

12

16

13 Johns Hopkins University United States

13

17

14 Columbia University United States

14

18

15 University of California, Los Angeles United States

15

16 University College London United Kingdom

16

7

17 Duke University United States

17

18 University of California, Berkeley United States

18

19 Cornell University United States

19

14

20 Northwestern University United States

20

21 The Australian National University Australia

20

22 Nanyang Technological University Singapore

11

23 Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Switzerland

12

24 National University of Singapore Singapore

15

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