A ‘Special Foundation Course’ for officers of the Indian Police Service, Indian Railway Accounts Service and Indian Postal Service began in Haryana Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) Gurugram, which was inaugurated by Advisor to Prime Minister Sh. Amit Khare, IAS(Retd). While inaugurating the Foundation Course Sh. Khare highlighted the challenges faced by the government. He listed out certain underlying objectives to counter contemporary challenges and stressed the need to bring improvement in service delivery while ensuring transparency in government business and further empowerment of citizens through dissemination of information. He said that the officers should adopt such practices that encourage a broad based public awareness and public participation in the key areas of developmental efforts. Additionally, he stated that there is an urgent need to have complete elimination of undesirable practices such as touts, deliberate delays and corruption which are the impediments of development. He also desired that the officers need to exercise due control over assets, revenues and expenditure and asked the officers to establish a new robust information base for prompt and correct decision making. This, according to him, will further help to tackle the issues with speed and precision. He said that for enhancing the productivity and efficiency, promotion of knowledge network is the need of the hour. Mr. Khare reiterated that he strongly believe that ‘Good Governance’ would begin by making administration more responsive, citizen friendly and it should ensure accountability, which is the essence of the ‘minimum Government and maximum governance’ message of Prime Minister. Mrs. Surina Rajan, IAS (Retd), Director General of HIPA while welcoming the Chief Guest, explained the core objectives of the 15-week training course. She stated that the training course is a judicious mix of academic and non-academic components. The academic component is composed of 15 modules on varied subjects including traditional ones like law, public policy, basic economics and data analytics. The non-academic component shall include treks and village visits apart from other extra-curricular activities. The newer modules including data analytics and concepts like ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas’ (taking everyone together in process of development) and issues pertaining to national security shall be the other subjects of study required for developing the personality and capacities of the trainee officers.The Inaugural Function ended with a vote of thanks by the Course Director.