The MoU will facilitate sharing of experience of both sides in the area of recruitment

Marking a new chapter in fostering mutual cooperation between India and Afghanistan, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Union Public Service Commission and Afghanistan’s Independent Administrative Reforms and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC).

As per the statement issued by the Cabinet, the MoU will strengthen the relationship between UPSC and IARCSC and will facilitate sharing of experience and expertise of both the parties in the area of recruitment.

Salient features of the MoU include: Exchange of experience on modern approach to public service recruitment and selection, particularly the functions of the UPSC and the IARCSC; Exchange of information and expertise including books, manuals and other documents which are not of a confidential nature; Sharing of expertise in the use of Information Technology (IT) in the preparation of written examinations and holding of Computer Based Recruitment Tests and Online Examinations;

Sharing of experience in single window system for expeditious scrutiny and speedy disposal of applications; Sharing of experience and expertise on various processes involved in examination system; Organize training sessions for officials, including short attachments to the parties’ secretariat/headquarters on all matters concerned by the respective mandate of the parties; Sharing of experience on the modalities adopted on adult of processes and procedures followed by various government agencies in recruitment of posts under the delegated power.

Capacity building is one of the thrust areas of India-Afghanistan engagement. In December 2014, the first batch of 20 civil service officers of Afghanistan was trained at O P Jindal Global University at its campus at Sonipat in Haryana.

Earlier, in March 2010, to develop the capacity of Afghan ministries and agencies, New Delhi had signed an agreement with Kabul, imparting a new thrust to bilateral engagement between India and Afghanistan.