India wins CAPAM International Innovations Awards 2018

India has won the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management Award 2018 for an initiative that envisages quality education for all.

Oct 26, 2018 17:01 IST
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India on October 23, 2018 won the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management Award (CAPAM) 2018 for an initiative that envisages quality education for all.

The initiative entitled ‘Unnayan Banka- Reinventing Education Using Technology of Banka District’, state of Bihar has been awarded under the category ‘Innovation Incubation’.

About Unnayan Banka Initiative

It is an initiative that envisages ‘quality education for all’ especially for those at the bottom of the pyramid, using the latest technologies.

It is a holistic model aimed at ensuring the overall development of youth starting from education to employability.

‘Education’ is one of the most important Millennium Development Goals. It is a great social mobiliser and must be everyone’s birthright and it is the Union Government’s endeavour to provide this to all children.  

Besides this, another initiative entitled ‘Unified Agriculture Markets’ of Co-operation Department of Government of Karnataka was selected under the category of ‘Innovation in Public Service Management’.  The initiative has also been awarded the overall Gold Award at CAPAM Awards, 2018.


The CAPAM is a non-profit association representing an international network of over 1100 senior public servants, Heads of Government, leading academics and researchers located in over 50 different countries across the Commonwealth.  

The association is guided by international leaders who believe in the value of networking, knowledge exchange and the promotion of good governance for the betterment of citizens in the Commonwealth countries.

It has been announcing its International Innovations Awards (IIA) Programme bi-annually, since 1998.

The CAPAM award celebrates the spirit of innovation in public service by recognising organisations that have made significant contributions to improve governance and services in the public sector.  


The Union Government had sent entries for CAPAM International Innovations Awards, 2018 under a host of different categories.

The CAPAM Innovation Awards were announced during the Annual General Members Meet, which was held on October 23, 2018 at Georgetown, Guyana.

On the occasion, another significant development for India included the election of the Union Secretary in the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG), KV Eapen to the CAPAM board.

The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) under the Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is an institutional member of Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management.

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