The curriculum of the Course comprises eight modules spread over three terms of approximately six weeks each, as under:
Module-1: Public Policy: Concepts and Practices
- Module-2: Foreign Policy and Trade Diplomacy
Module-3: Public Service Management in the context of Socio-Dynamics of Pakistan
- Module-4: Economics and Finance for Socio-Economic Development
- Module-5: Governance with Focus on Strategic Management and Leadership
Module-6 Research Methodology and Research (RM&R).
Module-7: Study Tours
Module-8: IT Based Solutions for Effective Governance.
Each module is sponsored by a faculty member, who is responsible for organizing and conducting it in accordance with the curriculum under the guidance of the Rector NSPP, Dean NMC and Chief Instructor NMW.
2. Simulation Exercises and Specialized Domain Training Workshop
Simulation Exercise (SE) and Specialized Domain Training Workshop (SDTW) are included in the Course curriculum. The general and common aim of these SE and SDTWs is to offer an opportunity to the participants to apply their knowledge and skills for formulating an integrated National Policy in synchronization with our National Purpose, Aims and Objectives and the Principles of Policy enshrined in the Constitution so as to promote, protect and further our National Interests. A greater emphasis is laid on Evidence Based Policy. Modality of conduct of SE and SDTWs is briefly explained in succeeding paragraphs.
3. Study Tours
- Inland Study Tours (IST), and Foreign Study Tour (FST) are organic part of the Course Curriculum. One Local Visit may also be planned.
- IST will be of 03 days duration and entire course will visit Federal Capital. During IST, the course participants visit various ministries, strategic installations and offices at Islamabad. Hallmark of these visits is call on the President and Prime Minister.
- FST is scheduled for 10 days. The Course is divided into various groups and each group visits two countries. Each group also makes Post-Visit Presentation (PVP-FST).
On conclusion of FST, each FST Group prepares Foreign Study Tour Report under the supervision of its Coordinator, in consultation with the Faculty Member (DS) who is Leader of the FST Group.
5. Current Issues Presentations (CrIPs)
Each participant will make presentation on a Current Issue relating to politics, economics, social issues, religion, and ethics, etc. which is currently in public debate.
6. Country Presentation (CP)
Allied Participants will make Country Presentation on their respective countries. The Aim of such presentations would be to familiarize course participants with the profile, public policy formulation and implementation processes of their respective countries.
7. CASE WRITING (CW) and Case Presentation (CP):
A Case Study is a description of an actual administrative problem or situation in an organization. It is a learning methodology that is meant to place a participant in the shoes of a decision maker or problem solver in approaching the issues or problems given in the case. This enables him to assess and analyze an administrative situation or problem in a realistic setting.
The Course is attended by participants from different service groups and public sector organizations. They are senior officers with varied and rich experiences. One of the most important aspects of the training is cross learning. There is no better way than to do it through case study method.
8. Course Review Presentation (CRP) by Course Review Committee (CRC)
A Course Review Committee (CRC) is constituted comprising one Chairperson and 7-8 members. The CRC so constituted will critically analyze aim and objectives of the course, all segments of the course curriculum and co-curricular activities, and would seek comments/recommendations from colleague participants. It will submit the report to DS (T&C) NMW. CRC will be afforded time during After Noon Research Hrs for their discussion with the entire course regarding their findings and recommendations.
9. Syndicate System/Topical Discussion (TD)
Syndicate (Synd) in the academic sense refers to a small group of participants who get together under the guidance of a Directing Staff (DS), who is a Faculty Member, to hold discussions on significant issues relating to the curriculum. Aim of the Synd System is to enable the Faculty to develop a close interaction with a small group of participants through Topical Discussion (TD) and Case Analysis (CA) at regular intervals. While this interaction provides sufficient opportunity to the participants for expressing their views more freely, the primary focus is on generating discussion on important issues within the spectrum of course curriculum. In addition, a few short exercises may also form part of the Synd activities.
Synds are constituted in every term with a mix of participants representing various departments/occupational groups. Each Synd will have a covering DS. Each Synd will also have a Synd Chairperson
10. CASE ANALYSIS (CA):
A Case is a past situation, often with disguised scenarios, to provide the participants an opportunity to go through the problem solving process. A Case is designed to give relevant information but not all information (Policy Makers rarely have all the information they would like to have). Case study is one of the training tools in which participants are challenged by the faculty members and fellow participants to analyze a case and defend their arguments. Case study cuts across a range of organizations and situations and provides, for any one participant, an exposure far greater than one is likely to be exposed to in one’s day-to-day routine.