Amar Singh College Hosts Special Faz Lul Haseeb Lecture

Srinagar 04 June: (KNS) Department of Public Administration, Amar Singh College, Cluster University Srinagar organized a special lecture on “Changing Nature of District Administration: Opportunities and Challenges” by Faz Lul Haseeb (IAS -2018), Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar.

The function was attended by Principal Amar Singh College, Professor Bashir Ahmad Rather; Head of the Department of Political Science, Prof Arifat Jan; head of the Urdu department, Kousar Muzammil; Head of the Department of Media Studies, Prof. Pervaiz Lone; faculty members and students of the Department of Public Administration and the Department of Political Science.

In his inaugural address, Professor Bashir Ahmad Rather highlighted the changing nature of administration, especially in the context of technological developments. He underlined that citizen-administration collaboration is the future of governance.

Faz Lul Haseeb, in his special lecture, presented the historical account of the district administration office and reflected on the changes and reforms of this institution over the years. He emphasized that the Deputy Commissioner must combine the role of a specialist with that of a generalist.

He pointed out that in the management of public systems, governance depends to a large extent on the functioning of the district administration. He further stated that this institution, while maintaining transparency, accountability and accessibility, must also demonstrate a behavioral perspective by exploring innovation, technological advancement, ethics, creativity and altruism. He pointed out that citizen-administration partnership at all levels, including through social media, has opened up a new dimension of district administration.

He concluded by saying that development administration at the district level involves both policy implementation and monitoring and balancing responsibilities between the bureaucracy and the political executive.

Dr. Zubair Nazeer, Head of Department of Public Administration, indicated that administrative and academic convergence is a way forward for development administration and good governance. At the end of the program, the Media Studies Department screened a college-related short documentary filmed by the students. The special lecture ended with a formal vote of thanks from Professor Tafazul Hussain of the Department of Political Science. (KNS)

Angela C. Hale