A well groomed, pro-people and committed civil service is the corner-stone in the building of a governance system. It is necessary that different cadres of civil service regularly upgrade their skills by undergoing rigorous capacity building training programs and workshops. The Kashmir Institute of Management, set up in Muzaffarabad in 2011, is committed to impart qualitative training to the bureaucracy of the Azad Government of the State of Jammu & Kashmir.
In the leading universities and research centers of the modern world, high quality research is continuously being carried out on different aspects of result oriented management and effective leadership. On the basis of empirical knowledge gained from that research, modern public and corporate organizations regularly upgrade their standard operating procedures, management approaches and skill-sets of their human resource which keep them abreast with the ever-changing world. There is no doubt in saying that the organizations which do not keep pace with the ever-changing world and ever-advancing technology perish out and are overridden by others.
We all know that clear objective setting, structured performance evaluation systems, honest and open feedback and communication etc., are the basics of effective leadership and sound management hence all thriving organizations emphasize them. All these fundamentals of management and leadership are taught and learnt through well designed training programs like the ones that are being conducting by KIM. It is heartening to see that KIM is imparting highly qualitative training upon the civil servants of the State to enable them to meet the challenges of future.
It goes without saying that young managers of today will become leaders of tomorrow; and all successful organizations methodically develop their own management and leadership cadres instead of always just going out to hire leaders from open market, in the shape of consultants. They invest more on the capacity building of their mid-career and junior cadres. It is a proven fact that well-trained managers boost morale within their teams, and improved morale boosts retention of staff and the overall performance by any team of professionals.
It is heartening to note that this nascent institution has made remarkable progress in a short period of just seven years.
The energetic and dynamic Director General, KIM Brig. Syed Akhtar Hussain Shah (Retd.) and his dedicated team deserve appreciation for this miraculous achievement. The Azad Government of the State of Jammu and Kashmir has always been pleased to back and patronize the Institute in all political and fiscal matters. It is the hard work and dedication coupled with fervor to deliver that has enabled the management and faculty of this nascent Civil Service Training Institute to rise to the expectations of the Govt. and besides has brought it at par with the decades old sister training institutions in the provinces of Pakistan.
KIM has not only achieved a formidable standard of service delivery but has also maintained it, for which the management and faculty of KIM deserve appreciation. Qualitative training of the AJK bureaucracy in different areas of the statecraft including analytical approach, professional / academic research, independent thinking, public policy formulation, pro-people administration, rule of law, service delivery and leadership by KIM will certainly cause a trickling effect.
This capacity building of the civil service will certainly augment and supplement initiatives launched by the Govt. aimed at ensuring rule of law, efficient public service delivery and sustainable development to establish a welfare society in the State. I have been told that KIM has developed liaison with the Gilgit-Baltistan Government and has taken participants of 2nd Senior Management Course to the Gilgit-Baltistan for their mandatory inland Study Tour and has also already invited nominations, from the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan for training courses at KIM. I hope that training of the officers from Gilgit- Baltistan at KIM will strengthen the historic bond between these two regions of the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
I am confident that the institute will maintain and even further raise the standard of highly competitive capacity building training programs for the civil service of Azad Jammu and Kashmir besides qualitative research in the identified areas which will lead us to make this liberated part of the State a role model in good governance, welfare and sustainable development, not only for the rest of the country but also for the Indian occupied part of the State and Gilgit-Baltistan.