Monday, February 27, 2012

Kota university launches police studies course

Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University (VMOU) in Kota announced the launch of a unique post-graduate course in police studies on Sunday. The two-year course to be conducted through distance education will start in July this year. VMOU Vice-Chancellor Naresh Dadhich said in Jaipur that the course would be beneficial for students looking to join the police and security forces, in-service candidates as well as those seeking employment in the private security sector. Former Border Security Force Director-General M. L. Kumawat has assisted the university in preparing the course material.

Prof. Dadhich said the course would help enhance the candidates' knowledge of internal security and law and order and widen their vision about policing. “Policing is an important subject in our society. After passing [this] course, students would be well-versed in both theoretical and practical knowledge.”

Pointing out that VMOU was the first open university in the country to start a course of this nature, Prof. Dadhich said the traditional system of training for about eight months after recruitment to police service was considered insufficient. “Our course is designed to supplement the gaps and boost the confidence of candidates aspiring to join security forces,” he added.

The Vice-Chancellor affirmed that private security agencies would also greatly benefit from the new course as they would be able to draw human resource having sound theoretical knowledge necessary for their work. After starting the course, the university will write to the State government requesting a preference to students of the course in appointment to the police service. Prof. Dadhich said a similar preference with 10 per cent additional marks is given in Gujarat to the students completing a police studies course from Raksha Shakti University.

The curriculum for the course has been designed with the help of experts and senior police officers. They include Rajasthan Police Academy Director Bhupendra Singh Yadav, Mahrashtra Police Academy Deputy Director Nikhil Gupta, Raksha Shakti University Vice-Chancellor O. P. Mathur and P. C. Mathur and P. D. Sharma of Rajasthan University's Political Science Department.

Source: The Hindu, February 27, 2012

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