DETAILED SCHEDULE FOR THIS ONLINE COURSE
Here is the schedule we will follow in this course. The idea
is for us to keep a fluid dialogue that allows us to exchange opinions and
experiences that may help a better understanding of Public Administration theory
and its practice in India.
Please keep in mind that you are required to participate in
the Discussion Forum and Evaluation Section of every chapter as per time
schedule mentioned below with every chapter, benefitting from each others ideas
and experiences. Feel free to ask COURSE DIRECTOR and the rest of the
participants any questions you may have. Again, COURSE DIRECTOR look forward to
interacting with all of you. It is requested from all of you to follow the time
schedule of all chapter for getting proper feedback from the COURSE DIRECTOR.
1. Introduction: (September 5-September 8)
Meaning, scope and significance of Public Administration; Wilson’s vision of
Public Administration; Evolution of the discipline and its present status; New
Public Administration; Public Choice approach; Challenges of liberalization,
Privatisation , Globalisation; Good Governance: concept and application; New
2. Administrative Thought: (September 9-September 12)
Scientific Management and Scientific Management movement; Classical Theory;
Weber’s bureaucratic model – its critique and post-Weberian Developments;
Dynamic Administration (Mary Parker Follett); Human Relations School (Elton Mayo
and others); Functions of the Executive (C.I. Barnard); Simon’s decision-making
theory; Participative Management (R. Likert, C. Argyris, D. McGregor).
3. Administrative Behaviour: (September 13-September 16)
Process and techniques of decision-making; Communication; Morale; Motivation
Theories – content, process and contemporary; Theories of Leadership:
Traditional and Modern.
4. Organisations: (September 17-September 19)
Theories – systems, contingency; Structure and forms: Ministries and
Departments, Corporations, Companies, Boards and Commissions; Ad hoc and
advisory bodies; Headquarters and Field relationships; Regulatory Authorities;
Public - Private Partnerships.
5. Accountability and control: (September 20-September 22)
Concepts of accountability and control; Legislative, Executive and Judicial
control over administration; Citizen and Administration; Role of media, interest
groups, voluntary organizations ; Civil society; Citizen’s Charters; Right to
Information; Social audit.
6. Administrative Law: (September 23-September 25)
Meaning, scope and significance; Dicey on Administrative law; Delegated
legislation; Administrative Tribunals.
7. Comparative Public Administration: (September 26-September 28)
Historical and sociological factors affecting administrative systems;
Administration and politics in different countries; Current status of
Comparative Public Administration; Ecology and administration; Riggsian models
and their critique.
8. Development Dynamics: (September 29-October 1)
Concept of development; Changing profile of development administration;
‘Anti-development thesis’; Bureaucracy and development; Strong state versus the
market debate; Impact of liberalisation on administration in developing
countries; Women and development - the self-help group movement.
9. Personnel Administration: (October 2- October 5)
Importance of human resource development; Recruitment, training, career
advancement, position classification, discipline, performance appraisal,
promotion, pay and service conditions; employer-employee relations, grievance
redressal mechanism; Code of conduct; Administrative ethics.
10. Public Policy: (October 6- October 8)
Models of policy-making and their critique; Processes of conceptualisation,
planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and review and their
limitations; State theories and public policy formulation.
11. Techniques of Administrative Improvement: (October 9- October 11)
Organisation and methods, Work study and work management; e-governance and
information technology; Management aid tools like network analysis, MIS, PERT,
12. Financial Administration: (October 12- October 14)
Monetary and fiscal policies; Public borrowings and public debt Budgets - types
and forms; Budgetary process; Financial accountability; Accounts and audit.
1. Evolution of Indian Administration: (October 15- October 17)
Kautilya’s Arthashastra; Mughal administration; Legacy of British rule in
politics and administration - Indianization of public services, revenue
administration, district administration, local self-government.
2. Philosophical and Constitutional framework of government: (October 18-
Salient features and value premises; Constitutionalism; Political culture;
Bureaucracy and democracy; Bureaucracy and development.
3. Public Sector Undertakings: (October 21- October 23)
Public sector in modern India; Forms of Public Sector Undertakings; Problems of
autonomy, accountability and control; Impact of liberalization and
4. Union Government and Administration: (October 24- October 26)
Executive, Parliament, Judiciary - structure, functions, work processes; Recent
trends; Intragovernmental relations; Cabinet Secretariat; Prime Minister’s
Office; Central Secretariat; Ministries and Departments; Boards; Commissions;
Attached offices; Field organizations.
5. Plans and Priorities: (October 27- October 29) Machinery of
planning; Role, composition and functions of the Planning Commission and the
National Development Council; ‘Indicative’ planning; Process of plan formulation
at Union and State levels; Constitutional Amendments (1992) and decentralized
planning for economic development and social justice.
6. State Government and Administration: (October 30- November 1)
Union-State administrative, legislative and financial relations; Role of the
Finance Commission; Governor; Chief Minister; Council of Ministers; Chief
Secretary; State Secretariat; Directorates.
7. District Administration since Independence: (November 2-November 4)
Changing role of the Collector; Union-state-local relations; Imperatives of
development management and law and order administration; District administration
and democratic decentralization.
8. Civil Services: (November 5-November 7) Constitutional position;
Structure, recruitment, training and capacity-building; Good governance
initiatives; Code of conduct and discipline; Staff associations; Political
rights; Grievance redressal mechanism; Civil service neutrality; Civil service
9. Financial Management: (November 8-November 10) Budget as a
political instrument; Parliamentary control of public expenditure; Role of
finance ministry in monetary and fiscal area; Accounting techniques; Audit; Role
of Controller General of Accounts and Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
10. Administrative Reforms since Independence: (November 11-November 13)
Major concerns; Important Committees and Commissions; Reforms in financial
management and human resource development; Problems of implementation.
11. Rural Development: (November 14-November 16) Institutions and
agencies since independence; Rural development programmes: foci and strategies;
Decentralization and Panchayati Raj;73rd Constitutional amendment.
12. Urban Local Government: (November 17-November 19) Municipal
governance: main features, structures, finance and problem areas; 74th
Constitutional Amendment; Global-local debate; New localism; Development
dynamics, politics and administration with special reference to city management.
13. Law and Order Administration: (November 20-November 22) British
legacy; National Police Commission; Investigative agencies; Role of central and
state agencies including paramilitary forces in maintenance of law and order and
countering insurgency and terrorism; Criminalisation of politics and
administration; Police-public relations; Reforms in Police.
14. Significant issues in Indian Administration: (November 23-November 25)
Values in public service; Regulatory Commissions; National Human Rights
Commission; Problems of administration in coalition regimes;
Citizen-administration interface; Corruption and administration; Disaster