A police station is usually assessed by the number of criminals it has apprehended or the number of crimes that have taken place in its jurisdiction. However, the Jamia Nagar police station has made a difference. In the past one year, over 4,000 students have taken coaching for different graduation level courses in the study centre launched for underprivileged boys and girls who aspire to appear for competitive exams.
With many of them even getting selected for Delhi Police, it has encouraged the locals to send their children to the police station for free coaching. For the past one year, the Jamia Nagar police station is also doubling up as a coaching centre, where students from all over the Capital, especially girls, come to study. After providing coaching for B.Ed, the southeast district police provided coaching for the exam to recruit sub inspectors of Delhi Police.
"Till now, 4,268 students have come to the police station for coaching. By providing them coaching, we can help them in clearing the written exam and give them an opportunity to compete with others," Ajay Chaudhry, additional CP (southeast) said. Police have involved an NGO -- Shikhar -- to establish the coaching centre for students from economically weaker sections.
The project to provide coaching to young boys and girls was initiated to encourage young minds and advocate education for women in society. "Initially, we faced resistance from the locals as people with political links claimed we had vested interests and we were preparing informers in the name of educating children. But, residents finally agreed and we are getting good response," a senior police officer said.
"I am surprised and delighted that a number of girls have shown interest to study here as most of them have never entered a police station before. Of course, there were hurdles as some people did not show enough confidence in us and doubted the initiative," said Nadeem Akhtar, secretary of Shikhar. The coaching is being provided free of cost and one can enroll by filling a registration form.