Book launch: A Treatise on Civil Service launched

A Treatise on the Civil Service of Pakistan by Kiran Khurshid launches at a ceremony at the PILAAC.

Express March 03, 2011

LAHORE: A Treatise on the Civil Service of Pakistan: The Structural-Functional History (1601-2011), a book by Kiran Khurshid was launched at a ceremony at the Punjab Institute of Language Art and Culture (PILAAC) on Wednesday.

The book discusses career profiles of 85 eminent civil servants that include chief secretaries of the provinces and Azad Jammu Kashmir as well as the additional chief secretary of FATA.

The author of the book, Kiran Khurshid, is a DMG officer from the 34th Common. She holds an MPhil in political science and is presently doing her PhD from the Government College University (GCU).Former chief secretary Javed Qureshi and Punjab Education Foundation chairman Raja Muhammad Anwar were among those who attended the book launch.

A large number of under training DMG officers also attended the event during which a documentary on the growth of civil services was also screened.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 3rd, 2011.


qudrat ullah | 10 years ago | Reply It is a good sign that our young entrants to the civil service of Pakistan have turned to scholarly work like this. Ms. Kiran Khurshid deserves kudos for her research and hard work. Although seems voluminous, yet it reasonably analyses the growth of the vital institution of civil service from imperial civil service to Indian civil service and then return of it as civil service of Pakistan after independence in 1947. I hope it will help the readers to understand the civil service from historical perspective. Successive reforms have only spoiled the very spirit of an independent, impartial, professional and capable human resource for running the affairs of the government. While ICS was full of legends/role models who earned a niche in different fields like arts, science, rural sociology, archaeology, anthropology, agriculture, law and forestry etc, today’s civil service conspicuously lack spirit/passion of such stalwarts. Now, it has become a routine job, while for them, it was a noble cause of public service. Their leadership role helped the British- a nation living hundreds of miles away from the Indian soils, to effectively run the affairs of whole of India some centuries back, while we were unable to take in East Pakistan. I therefore earnestly appeal to the today’s young officers to emerge as role models for the whole nation and act as guardians of federation as they are symbol of federation according to the 1973 constitution of Pakistan.
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