New Delhi: The Indian Navy has introduced an innovative change. Through the newly instituted 360-degree appraisal system, the performance of naval officers will now be evaluated not only by superior officers but also by junior officers.
Traditionally, the recognition of naval officers’ excellence was the exclusive privilege of superior officers. However, the Indian Navy has embraced a progressive approach by implementing this change through its age-old methods. This policy is set to apply up to the rank of Commodore in the Navy, which is equivalent to a Brigadier in the Army.
Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral R. Hari Kumar, played a pivotal role in the development of this novel system, officially named the “360-Degree Appraisal Mechanism.” The force consists of about 10,500 officers and more than 65,000 sailors. Previously, it was difficult to estimate how the influence of superiors was reflected on subordinates.
Navy spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal highlighted the purpose of the 360-Degree Appraisal Mechanism, stating, “The 360-Degree Appraisal Mechanism is aimed to address this shortfall through detailed surveys involving suitably identified peers and subordinates for officers being considered for promotion.”
These surveys cover a wide range of questions, evaluating various aspects such as professional knowledge, leadership qualities, suitability in war or crisis situations, and potential for holding higher ranks, the Navy said.
One of the main objectives of this innovative mechanism is to provide officers with valuable feedback that can guide them in making behavioral changes and improvements in their leadership roles.