Nineteen officials from India’s Civil Accounts Service graduated yesterday from a two-week program on budgeting and public financial management at the Duke Center for International Development (DCID).

“We received both the theoretical and practical implementation processes, and it was the practical implementation processes that affected us the most,” said Sofia Dahiya, program graduate and joint director of the Institute of Government Accounts and Finance in New Delhi. “We are taking back a lot of knowledge and skill sets with us.”

This is the second program offered for civil accounts officials since DCID launched the program in July 2013. India’s Civil Accounts Service, made up of about 200 officials, is responsible for establishing and maintaining the country’s management accounting system, monitoring government receipts and disbursements, and ensuring a sound and effective internal audit system.

Graduates of the program left yesterday for site visits to the International Monetary Fund and U.S. Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C., and the Office of Management and Budget in New York. While in North Carolina, they also visited the state auditor’s office.

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