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Qualified cops cram Kerala force

Just how keen youths still are to grab government jobs can be seen in the recruitment of sub-inspectors in Kerala.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2008 01:16 IST

Just how keen youths still are to grab government jobs can be seen in the recruitment of sub-inspectors in Kerala.

In the fresh batch of 240 sub-inspectors getting ready for their passing out parade, there are four MBAs, four MCAs, and two M. Phils.

A total of 75 candidates are post-graduates. Six recruits hold double master’s degrees and there are three B Tech graduates.

This highly-qualified force has now increased the minimum qualification of its recruits. State IPS officers are worried over the surge of professionals in the lower ranks.

There are only six PhD holders among the state’s IPS officers. Yet, at least a dozen sub-inspectors are doctorates.

The basic qualification for SIs is graduation and for constables it is matriculation.

“Unlike other forces, Kerala police have an envious record of being highly-qualified. The latest batch of SIs broke all records with many doctors, engineers and other professionals adorning its ranks. No doubt it is a proud moment for us,” said director of the police academy Dr Alexander Jacob.

Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan will be taking the salute in the passing out in Thrissur on Saturday.

Growing unemployment among the educated is cited as the main reason for youths taking up relatively tougher assignments.
According to a recent survey, the rate of unemployment among educated youth in the state has grown from 24 to 43 per cent in the last five years.

The mad scramble for jobs has forced the state police to raise the minimum qualifications. Now constables would have to pass higher secondary and SIs would need at least 50 per cent in their graduation.

Similarly, the height of personnel has been also raised. Instead of 165, now they need to be 168 cms tall.

Recently, the government had decided to deploy more women constables and officers to discipline the men. It has had the desired results in checking unruly behavior of the men in uniform, senior officers admit in confidence.