Method of Study


     During the Course of each study, the Course is divided into seven groups called Integrated Analysis Groups (IAG). Each IAG comprises 13 to 14 Course Members (four to five Army, one Navy, one to two Air Force, two to three Civil Services Members and four to five Foreign Course Members). The IAGs function in a synergetic mode for purpose of analysing issues, discussions, preparation of papers and presentations. The method of studies follows the pattern given below:-



     1.     Study setting and identification of issues for study.

     2.     Exposure to views of experts on the issues identified and interaction with the visiting experts.

     3.     Free and frank discussion as well as open interaction within IAGs to evolve a paper on the issues, in focus, during the study.

     4.     Presentations by IAGs on their respective papers followed by open house discussions/seminar.



IAG Composition

     IAG composition is worked out based on numerous requirements like giving opportunity to work together, within different groups, expertise available in the group, requirement of specialists and so on. Each IAG has a 'Chairperson' and 'Co-ordinating Chaison', designated from amongst the Members. Each of these can further nominate their own 'Secretaries'. The Chaisons and Co-ordinating Chaisons are changed with every study so that each Course Member gets such an opportunity at least twice during the Course.



Study Setting

     Each study, which is of five to seven weeks duration, commences with the issue of study setting, IAG assignments and a formal briefing by the SDS incharge, (sponsor SDS), of the study. A detailed background for the study, objectives of the study and various issues for consideration are given out during the briefing.



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