Ace B-school Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS) in Churchgate, which was approached by the city police department a couple of months back with a request to conduct a training workshop for policemen, has now decided to dump the proposal altogether. Reason: after several follow-ups with the department, JBIMS said the police not only want the two-day workshop to be free but have also insisted that the institute serve them breakfast, lunch and tea, also for free.
JBIMS had quoted a fee of Rs15,000 for 25 people for the two-day workshop. This included breakfast, lunch and tea. The first batch of policemen was supposed to undergo training in October. This was said to be a unique pilot project having potential and would have been replicated across the city.
College sources said south zone police officers had visited in July with a request to provide extensive training to middle-level policemen on motivation, conflict-management and stress-handling.
A JBIMS official said, “We were asked to send a proper proposal to the department, which we did immediately. After repeated follow-ups for two months, we were told that the department won’t spend a single penny on this programme.”
In further discussions, the institute agreed to provide the training free if the policemen brought their own food. “Citing infeasibility, they asked us to arrange food as well,” the official added.
Interestingly, recently, the institute conducted a three-day workshop for CISF jawans which was sponsored by the Bureau of Police Research and Development, Delhi.
Institute’s in-charge director Kavita Laghate said, “We had asked a nominal fee, mainly because anything given free isn’t taken seriously. It also leads to a casual approach and, hence, affects the attendance.”
On the other hand, a south region police official, identified only as Pawar, said, “The JBIMS quoted a huge amount; we didn’t have that much money. Hence, we requested the state for funding, which was rejected. As the institute can’t do it for free, we have no option but to stall the programme.”
Additional commissioner of police (south region) Krishna Prakash said, “I am not aware about this. Some junior officers might have approached JBIMS. I will get back to you with the details.”
However, Prakash didn’t revert till the time of going to press.
It’s all about the money
College sources said south zone police officers had visited the institute in July with a request to provide extensive training to middle-level policemen on motivation, conflict-management and stress-handling
JBIMS had quoted a fee of Rs15,000 for 25 people for the two-day workshop. This included breakfast, lunch and tea
The police, however, said they won’t spend a single penny for the programme.