Director – AIM
Procurement holds tremendous importance now-a-days. Sound procurement practices are very important for good governance. It ensures reduction in costs and helps in producing timely results. Poor practices of procurement are often attributed to delays in execution, corruption and overall inefficiency in the functioning of government and government sponsored projects. Sound practices need to be followed and procurement function should be handled well. To that extent there should be some measures to increase the capacity of procurement practitioners to plan, manage and monitor the procurement processes effectively. A public procurement system can be said to be well functioning if it achieves the objectives of transparency, competition, economy and efficiency, fairness and accountability. The procurement practitioners need to have clarity on functional responsibilities and accountabilities. They need to have knowledge for preparation of bid documents, awarding contracts and application of procurement rules.
It is essential to know how different types of procurement are supposed to be carried out in respect of goods, works and services. The management of public utilities, award of contracts for turnkey projects, role of information technology and e-procurement etc. are interesting areas of study. In addition to these, knowledge of official rules and legal procedures are also very important. Poor dissemination of rules, inadequate training of functionaries, lack of enforcement of provisions, failing to maintain records in the desired manner are some of the problems identified in procurement management.
In the current context, there exists serious deficiencies as far as capacity of procurement staff is concerned. Well educated procurement staff is quite essential to ensure proper application of the procurement system.
With the existing training infrastructure, imparting procurement education to the grass root level procurement functionaries (for example procurement practitioners in a Municipality Office of a remote town in North East India) is a big problem. This needs to be handled carefully.
Under the aegis of the World Bank, a Professional Diploma in Public Procurement has been designed so as to equip the procurement practitioners to take care of the deficiencies and thereby contributing towards developing procurement efficiency. The modular coverage of the programme and the reading materials as prepared will address the knowledge gap and will equip the participants with relevant domain knowledge.
It is indeed a pleasure for us at Assam Institute of Management to be a part of this noble endeavour of the World Bank and the Charter created for this purpose. The Institute will anticipate and undertake all possible measures to help the participants by providing the supplementary resources and guidance as and when called for. The vision of our Institute is to develop appropriate human capital infrastructure to meet the growing developmental needs of the strategically located and resource-rich North Eastern Region of India.
We wish the participants and the prospective participants an enjoyable and practically relevant learning experience.