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Jai Mangal Paswan Award for Public Service

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By Pooja Paswan
March 21, 2022

The American Society for Public Administration, Section on South Asian Public Administration (SASPA) is proud to announce a call for nominations for the 2023 Jai Mangal Paswan Award for Public Service. The award is named after Sh. Jai Mangal Paswan, Chief Engineer from the Indian Engineering Services, 1978 Batch, Government of India. Sh. Jai Mangal Paswan graduated with a B. Tech degree from Muzaffarpur Institute of Technology, Bihar and was the first engineer from his village, Sitamarhi, Bihar. He was a first generation officer from Sitamarhi district of Bihar, India and served as the Deputy Director General (Coordination), Government of India. He pursued an MBA in Faculty of Management Studies (F.M.S), at the University of Delhi. He worked on the Intelligence Bureau Headquarters project by the Ministry of Home Affairs. He was involved with the Border Security Force, border fencing and lightening project in the Jaisalmer district. He served the Government of India for 38 years before retiring in 2016. After his retirement, he served as a consultant for the National Institute of Technology, Delhi. During his life, he contributed immensely towards the development of society, guiding young officers and service aspirants. He was a tremendous source of inspiration for the people of his village and his family.

This award is presented to honour the best paper submitted and presented at the ASPA Annual Conference in the field of public service in the South Asian region and carries a cash prize of $200.

Eligibility Guidelines

To be eligible for the award:

  • The author must be a current member of SASPA
  • The research article must address a significant issue related to public administration, public service or public policy.
  • The paper should have an international (South Asia) focus.
  • The paper must be written or translated/republished in English.
  • A paper may be nominated by its author, publisher, editor or a member of ASPA/SASPA.
  • Electronic publications are allowed.
  • The article must be accepted by the SASPA paper award committee.

Nomination Instructions

To nominate an article, please do all of the following:

  • Write a nomination letter of no more than 500 words that:
  • Confirms having met the eligibility criteria (confirmation not included in 500 word count.)
  • Indicates how the article contributes to a better understanding of public administration, public service or public policy.
  • Discusses the strengths of the article in terms of the clarity of its message, the relevance of the arguments/findings and its promotion of action to further the calls of public administration and/or public policy.
  • Send PDFs of the nomination letter as well as of the article to the SASPA Awards Committee.

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Author: Pooja Paswan is currently enrolled at the John. F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India. She has Ph. D in Public Administration and specializes in Public Policy. She was recipient of the ASPA 2019 Founders Fellow. She has worked extensively in the area of development administration and policy. She can be reached at https://jmi.academia.edu/PoojaPaswan and [email protected]. Twitter: @poojapaswan

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