Central lectures, MRPs, dissertations

INTRO

1. The chairman complemented all present in his opening remarks for the successful conduct of the ongoing Staff Course. He mentioned the need to resolve a few grey areas & to plan well for the next Staff Course. He mentioned the fact that though he liked novel ideas & constructive inputs from all he warned that these should not be relegated to become a part of an annual ritual like this. He said that solns to all routine and mundane problems should be thought of & these issues should be resolved as and when feasible using the proper channels.

ITEM I - COURSE PROGRAMMING 66 SC

(UNCLASSIFIED)

2. The CI (Air) brought out the requirement for formalising the Course Pgme for 66 Staff Course. The CI (Air) also highlighted out the fact that there was a requirement to re-evaluate the course curriculum for the 66 Staff Course based on certain feedbacks that were recd from the student offrs. It was deduced from the response that to boost the level of interaction between the students and the DS, there was a requirement of org more no. of jt TDs in place of DDs especially in the first tutorial. The TDs should be conducted in a more realistic manner by giving more freedom of thought and initiative to the student offrs. It was also felt that there is a need to reconsider the subs being covered keeping the contemporary trends in warfare that were prevalent in the present situation. In order to cultivate better jointmanship there was a need felt to include the air wing students in some more army indoor and outdoor exercises. There was a need to reduce the number of SMDs and change over to use of new technology teaching aids like GIS and google imagery in a well synchronized and purposeful manner without compromising on the training value. It was also proposed that S&PA be scheduled at a later stage so that the offrs can devote more time for initially settling down in terms of main course curriculum and later focus on other activities. A need was felt to improve the standard of research that was being carried out by the students, especially in terms of Dissertations, MRPs and Public Speaking topics. At the end it was suggested that there is an urgent need to pay more attention on teaching of military history.

3. Decision. The Chairman directed that planning for 66 SC should start without delay. He directed that MRP must carry out detailed research work to gain certain amount of expertise on the subject. He stressed the need for uniqueness in research by ensuring that :-

(a) Topic of research should not be repeated and must be changed yearly.

(b) A proper hypothesis be identified for the research topic.

(c) Subject for Disertation and MRPs be allotted by the college without giving any choice to the students. More time must be allotted for viva.

4. The Chairman also directed the BGS to formalise the list of Central lectures, MRPs, dissertations as well as the list of guest speakers before the next conference. He also reiterated that the S & PA calendar be finalised synchronising it with the training calendar. As regards the conduct of DDs, joint TDs and the point about participation of air wg students in army exercises, he directed the both the CIs of the respective wings to carry out a feasibility check and recommend a solution keeping in mind that overall training hours of both the wings is not affected. He reiterated the fact that military history be given due importance and that it should be covered comprehensively through combination of TDs, gp and individual research. The next course syllabus and block programme was to be finalised and forwarded to the JTC by 05 Apr 10 for approval. The S&PA calendar is to be formalised by 15 Apr 10. The exploitation of new age teaching technology must be encouraged and requirements GIS, google and satellite imagery for trg must be forwarded in advance to the college HQ. He also directed that there should be more emphasis on Leadership and International Relations based on the positive feedback recd during the present course on these capsules.

HOTT (Army)

HOTT (Navy)

HOTT (Air)

BGS

Brig Adm

DS (Coord) Army

DS (Coord) Navy

DS (Coord) Air

ITEM II - INCR IN NO. OF JT DIVS FROM FOUR TO SIX

(UNCLASSIFIED)

5. The BGS brought out the requirement to incr the no of jt divs from four to six. He informed the audience that as per the present sys each jt syn consisted of nine to ten student offrs. By incr the no of jt div to six the most important aspect of student to DS ratio can be improved and thus improving the value of student-DS interaction.

6. Decision. The Chairman opined that the existing PE and present infrastructure precludes any expansion. However, the point is relevant and would be noted for future compliance when the time comes.

BGS

Col(GS)

HOTT (Army)

HOTT (Navy)

HOTT (Air)

ITEM III - RESTRUCTURING OF SYLLABUS FOR INSTRS IN LICO

(UNCLASSIFIED)

7. The CI (Army) amplified the need for expanding the syllabus of LICO package to reflect the army's long drawn emp in CI Ops in a comprehensive manner that emanated clearly from the current scenario. He also desired that subjects like media, HR and psy ops be included in more details. He mentioned that UN Peacekeeping Ops and role/ emplyment of UAVs and other modern systems in LIC scenario may also be included in the syllabus. It was suggested for better comprehension of the subject of LIC, that Foreign students who have participated in Iraq and Afghanistan deliver a talk on their experiences. The BGS mentioned that to accommodate the incr of LICO syllabus some other training activity in the existing syllabi will have to be curtailed.

8. Decision. The Chairman agreed that LIC was becoming more common and had become a prime concern for the armed forces. He directed that contents of LICO package be reviewed, with particular emphasis on jt aspects of emp in LICO & OOTW to incl ops involving the global war on terror & also the emp of UAVs in LICO. An ex based on the Red Corridor of Left wing extremissm must be incl for the next Course. The Army Wg was directed to org a presentation on the proposed ex at the earliest.

BGS

HOTT (Army)

HOTT (Navy)

HOTT (Air)

ITEM IV - VIS OF SERVICE CHIEFS

(CONFIDENTIAL)

9. The CI (Navy) projected the issue that the vis by the Service Chiefs were not adequately spread out over the entire duration of the course and this resulted in Adm and other related problems. A need was felt to give adequate gaps between the vis of the three chiefs to gainfully utilise the experience.

10. Decision. The Chairman was in agreement with the practical problem. He directed the BGS to stagger the visits and directed him to plan for the visits by the Service Chiefs for the next course in such a way that there are no visits during the first three tutorials to the max extent feasible. In addition he mentioned that the visits should be planned in such a way that there is at least a month's stagger between each visit.

BGS

HOTT (Army)

HOTT (Navy)

HOTT (Air)

ITEM V:MIGRATION TO WAN

(UNCLASSIFIED)

11. The BGS projected that all trg mtrl of unclassified nature must be posted on WAN to optimise both time & resources. It was duly emphasised that WAN should be profitably utilised by the students for submitting a max no. of solns.

12. Decision. The chairman instructed that this issue be analysed in sufficient details by all wgs to be enable them to determine the optimum extent to which migration to WAN would be feasible without effecting trg efficiency. He laid stress on this point and asked it to be reviewed to achieve the desired results. Wings were asked to forward specific proposals within one month to the HQ.

ITEM VI - ADDL RESOURCES FOR INCR COURSE STR

(UNCLASSIFIED)

BGS

HOTT (Army)

HOTT (Navy)

HOTT (Air)

DS (Coord) Army

DS (Coord) Navy
DS (Coord) Air

13. The Brig Adm apprised the audience of the fact that the course strength was gradually increasing with each course and the college was now looking at a str of 500 student offrs in the near future. This would result in a shortage of transport and civilian staff. Thus there was an urgent reqmt for a min of six addl buses for tpt.

BGS

Brig Adm

Col (GS)

14. Decision. The Chairman ordered the Brig Adm to put up a S of C for the requirement of addl tpt. He also pointed out that he would discuss this matter with the CISC during his forthcoming visit to HQ IDS. As regarding shortage of civil staff, he said that addl recruitment was banned for civ employees, however he pointed out that local recruitment on a temp basis could be resorted to. He ordered the Brig Adm to take up the matter officially with the concerned offr in HQ IDS regarding this subject.

CONCLUSION

15. The Chairman in his concluding remarks stated that the he would be visiting HQ IDS between 15-18 Apr 10 during which time he would also be calling on all the three Chiefs. He directed the three CIs to bring out any relevant points that they may have for discussion with the higher HQs and that these points should be forwarded through proper channels by 30 Apr09.

16. The Chairman reiterated the reqmt to review the trg material, course syllabi, ex settings and make suitable modifications periodically to curb the ever growing malaise of “PCK”. To this extent he directed each wg to revise atleast two exs. every year.

17. He laid emphasis on the point of dilution in the std of physical fitness and regarding discipline of the student officers which was a cause for growing concern. He ordered the CIs to issue specific instructions on this subject and to ensure strict compliance of these orders.

(V T Mathew)

Col

Secy

Distribution

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Method

Remarks

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CI (Army)

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CI (Navy)

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CI (Air)

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BGS

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11

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Brig Adm

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