MARCH 3, 2011:
“A Treatise on the Civil Service of Pakistan: The Structural-Functional History (1601-2011)” is a mammoth research work conducted solely by Ms. Kiran Khurshid- a young DMG Officer of 34th Common Training Program, 2005. Presently, she is working as Deputy Secretary (Budget) Higher Education Department as well as pursuing her Ph.D. from Government College University Lahore in the Subject of Political Science.
The book launching ceremony of the said book was held at Punjab Institute of Language, Art & Culture (PILAC) with former Chief Secretary Punjab Javed Ahmad Qureshi in the Chair.
Addressing the function, the Chief Guest observed that the Civil Service of Pakistan is a custodian of great traditions and its legacy is full of successes and achievements. He said that the Governance and the Civil Service are intrinsically linked, adding that neither can be studied in isolation. He said that Civil Service of Pakistan is the most distinguished national institution which has produced icons of public service and integrity who served this country with absolute courage, dedication and commitment.
“The younger Civil Servants should walk into the footprints of the stalwarts of the past and follow the glorious traditions of independence of opinion, integrity of character and intellect because Civil Service is a means to serve the motherland.”
Mr. Qureshi maintained that the young entrants to the Civil Service should feel pride of their proud legacy adding that they should also turn to research. He said that it was the institution of Civil Service which single-handedly shouldered the nascent state of Pakistan in 1947 & developed and strengthened other state institutions to run this country in the best possible manner. He, however, lamented the fact that the successive half- hearted administrative reforms failed to bear fruit, and as a result, this noble institution had to face many discomfitures.
“No favor should impinge upon the institutional integrity.”
The function was also addressed by Chairman Punjab Education Foundation, Raja Muhammad Anwar, Faqir Syed Aijazuddin, Tariq Sultan and Dr. Amjad Saqib who dwelled upon different aspects and history of Civil Service in the sub-continent and observed that Civil Service played a key role in the colonial era; while it also produced distinguished personalities who changed the destiny of the people with their hard work and emerged as everlasting role models.
Earlier, DG PILAC Tariq Javed Afridi and Ms. Kiran Khurshid addressed the function.
It may be added here that Ms. Kiran Khurshid joined the Civil Service of Pakistan in July 2003 with the 30th Common Batch in the Pakistan Audit & Accounts Service (PAAS). She reappeared in 2005 and was allocated District Management Group with the 34th Common. She had been posted as DDO-R Faisalabad (Sadder) in 2008 and then as DO-R Faisalabad (2010).
While posted as the DDO-R Faisalabad (Sadder), she has wrote “A Gazetteer by the Native” and compiled “A Catalogue of Revenue Estate in Tehsil Sadder Faisalabad with site maps” (May 2009). She has contributed research articles in Current Affairs Digest, “Multi-national Corporations as Corporate Citizens” (Dec 2004) and “Foreign Aid and its Implications for Pakistan” (April 2005). She is also the Editor of the first ever quarterly newsletter of CSP- DMG Association, Punjab Chapter. During all these years, besides actively pursuing her career as a Civil Servant, she has been the visiting faculty member at Political Science Department, GCU, Lahore where she has not only been teaching the courses at M.Phil level in the afternoon sessions but also supervised a couple of theses on important topics.