Foreign training of officials may be put on hold

New Delhi: The government may cut down on the foreign training of bureaucrats under which babus go to top universities like Cambridge and Harvard for long and short-term management courses at the government’s expense.

The government has put on hold its Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT) Policy under which it has been funding the foreign training of serving bureaucrats at top universities around the world, and is overhauling the policy.

Around Rs 60 cr was spent on training 332 bureaucrats abroad in 2018-19, more than half of the annual training budget of DoPT and a cost which has been steadily increasing – only 150 officers were sent abroad under the scheme in 2005 at a cost of Rs 12 Cr.

“The DFFT policy for year 2020-21 is undergoing an overhaul considering the emphasis on integrated training and capacity building functions of the entire government,” the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) wrote to cadre-controlling authorities on January 10.

“Nothing is decided yet but we are exploring options like training lessons through videoconferencing from abroad, getting reputed foreign trainers from the top universities to India or sending a few officers for foreign training and using them to train others in India. The new DFFT policy will be rolled out soon in February,” the official told ET.


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