Following in the footsteps of Kerala, the Haryana Police have proposed to start Student Police Cadet (SPC) programme in four zones.
The proposed group of volunteers would be on a par with the NCC cadets, scouts and guides, and NSS volunteers which focus to build discipline, community service, civic sense among the student community.
Besides Karnal, the districts which have been chosen for the pilot projects are Kurukshetra and the commissionerates of the Ambala-Panchkula and Gurgaon.
In 2008, the SPC project was introduced in Kerala as an attempt to inculcate better civic sense among students and to mould them as responsible youth who will react positively to demands of society.
Now, 230 schools have enrolled in the programme which invited wide appreciation in Kerala.
Karnal superintendent of police (SP) Shashank Anand convened a meeting of the school representatives and the district education department on Monday evening which evoked a positive response from all quarters.
He said that the SPC would help in making the school campuses free from tobacco and girls’ harassment, alike social issues.
He said that the SPC would also help in bridging a gap between police and public.
Deputy SP Bharti Dabas, who will be the nodal officer of the project experts at the Haryana Police Academy (HPA) Madhuban, near here would be roped in for the project.
“It is proposed to have a platoon of 25 students and each school may have two platoons. Cadets will be given a special physical training and managing functions at their schools and the vicinity,” he said.
However, the SP said that the project would not be aimed at preparing nursery for future policemen and age group for the enrollment on the suggestions of various stakeholders.
“There will be a special focus on girls’ participation and we are delighted with the response given by the school representatives on the proposal,” he said, adding, “Now, the proposal will be sent to the police headquarters which will forward it to the state government to provide special funds for uniforms, training, literature for the cadets,” the SP said.
He said that in Kerala, various public sector enterprises were associated with the SPC under their corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects.
Meanwhile, president of district association of CBSE schools, Rajan Lamba, who had attended Monday’s meeting told Hindustan Times that all 72 schools would implement the SPC project which was aimed at sensitising the students about various issues including traffic rules.