BPATC―Building Effective, Inclusive and Accountable Public Administration System
A centre committed to excellence and a premier regional hub dedicated to provide effective, inclusive and self-mandated and bespoke training for civil servants, the Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC), is the apex public sector training institute in Bangladesh-meeting the challenges of the 21st century. The centre offers innovative training courses across subjects, from public administration and governance to leadership, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), office management, gender and development, financial management, project management, conflict management and negotiation, e-government management, Total Quality Management (TQM), training of trainers (TOT) and personal development. It also arranges seminars and workshops on various issues of national and global concerns. The Centre also arrange international conference and seminar on public administration and related issues. All courses can be customized to fit specific training needs.
A leader in the field of administration and development is not always an inborn talent but that can be taught, cultivated and practiced. The aim of the centre is to equip future leaders and policy makers with the background necessary for a broad understanding of varied social, economic, political, environmental, scientific and organizational aspects involved in the planning of national policies and strategies. In addition to focusing 3Es-efficiency, economy and effectiveness, the centre concentrates on embracing equity, responsiveness, inclusiveness, accountability, innovation and collaboration.
Foundation of a Dream―BPATC is Born
With the dire necessity of fulfilling the demand for ready human resources of a newly born independent country and achieving the dream of the father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Sonar Bangla, creating a core of efficient, dynamic, competent, citizen-focused, proactive and patriotic public servants for rapid and sustained development, BPATC emerged in 1984 as an autonomous organization amalgamating four institutions:
1. Bangladesh Administrative Staff College (BASC)
2. National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA)
3. Civil Officer’s Training Academy (COTA)
4. Staff Training Institute (STI)
Location and Landscape―A Natural Habitat
Set amidst a landscape of the velvet of lush green natural environment and aesthetic beauties blended with planned trees with abode of chirping birds, flowers, gardens, water body- a habitat of flora and fauna surrounded by a mini tea garden, a herbal garden and plants and the state of the art infrastructures, the centre lies in Savar at a surface of 54 acres land which is 28 kms away from the maddening crowd of the capital city Dhaka. Notwithstanding the limitation imposed by its distant location, the centre prides itself as the alma mater for most laurels in the civil service domain across the country.
Wider Facilities― Accommodation, Library, Classroom and ICT.
The centre provides quality accommodation, finest administration library with over 1,25,000 books, 250 kinds of journals periodicals and magazines of home and abroad, the modern class rooms and lecture theatres and language and computer labs equipped with latest training aids. The Wi-Fi network connected with entire campus, e-office environment and e-platform expedite paperless speedy decisions of the management and training activities. Laying high emphasis on physical fitness and well-being of the trainers, the centre has arranged well-equipped indoor and outdoor sports facilities, gymnasium, swimming pool, physiotherapy, health clinic, child care, a beautiful mosque and eidgah, club for male and female members, transport facilities, school and college and a 2.2 km walking track in the domain.
Who Are We? ― Faculty, Management and Participants
The learned faculty of the centre comprises a healthy blend of senior civil servants, academicians and researchers keeping spaces for dignified guest speakers with diversified backgrounds. The civil servants combine the richness of their field experience with strong academic credentials, create a stimulating atmosphere for learning knowledge, skills and competencies attuned with positive attitude. The faculty blended with academicians, experienced civil servants and researchers contribute to the two-way synergy of theory and practice to respond to constantly changing environmental dynamics.
The centre is headed by a Rector who is Senior Secretary to the Government entrusted with transforming the mission, vision, goals and objectives of the centre into reality by managing holistically the human and other resources at his domain. Followed by the Rector, there are six Member Directing Staff (MDS) of the rank of Additional Secretary/Joint Secretary to the government, devoted to supervising six divisions of the centre. There are a required number of specialized departments within each division headed by Directors, equivalent to the rank of Deputy Secretaries. Other faculty members below Directors are designed as Deputy Directors, Senior Research Officers, Research Officers, Evaluation Officers, Assistant Director, Medical Officers, and Librarians. The total manpower of BPATC is about 650 of which class-I officers (Grade-9)-120, Class II Officers (Grade-10)-22 Support Staff belonging to class-III (Grade 11-16)-235 and Class-IV (17-20)-272 respectively. The centre acts as a virtual melting pot where participants across the divergent generation, qualifications and socio-economic backgrounds meet, interact and learn from each other ranging from the brilliant young women and men who begin their career in civil service after qualifying in rigorous competitive examination to mid-level and senior officials. Above all, the centre has a twelve-member Board of Governors (BOG) chaired by a Minister. Overall administration and policy-guidelines of the centre rest on the board.