The state government is planning to open special colleges which will help prepare “skilled cops”. The proposed colleges will be entrusted with the task of giving special training to youngsters for getting selected into the police force.
Besides offering a degree, these institutes will provide extensive physical training, knowledge of the Indian Penal Code, the Bombay Police Act and cyber laws to the students. A proposal has been forwarded to the Union home ministry early this week by University of Mumbai vice-chancellor Rajan Welukar, who is believed to have conceived the idea.
Enthused with the concept, the Home Ministry consulted the Ministry of Higher and Technical Education which has put the proposal on fast -track.
DP Sawant, minister of state higher and technical education, said, “The current police recruitment drive consists of several physical tests. The special community colleges can prepare more educated and skilled lot who can perform much better.”
“They will offer two-year associate degree besides providing extensive training in the skills which are required in the police force. The colleges will be part of the government’s existing community college scheme launched last year,” he said.
The department is in the process of constituting a committee which will include four top police officials like DG training. “The committee will finalise the course structure and other nuances,” Sawant added.
The number of such colleges, intake capacity and fee structure are yet to be discussed. It is unclear if the government will absorb all the graduates under this scheme.
Last year, four community colleges were set up in Thane, Raigad, Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri in collaboration with Coca Cola. These colleges are the extension of the existing colleges. With 60 seats in each, the centres are offering a two-year associate degree course to rural and tribal youth. The course includes industry training by Coca Cola, which would absorb them after completion of the course.
For a betterpolice force
The proposed special colleges will give special training to youngsters for entry into the police force.
Besides offering a degree, these institutes will provide extensive physical training, knowledge of the Indian Penal Code, the Bombay Police Act and cyber laws to the students.