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Govt brings back proposal to establish a national police university

Experts welcome idea, say an institutional way of tackling modern-day policing challenges is crucial

india Updated: Oct 17, 2017 19:05 IST
Rajesh Ahuja
Rajesh Ahuja
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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A policeman stands guard at a picket near New Delhi’s Vijay Chowk.(HT file photo)

The Union government has revived a proposal to set up a national university for police that will help overhaul their training, and drive R&D and policy making pertaining to law and order in the country, according to sources.

According to the plan, the institution will teach skills to deal with new policing challenges such as cyber crime, and better mechanisms to maintain law and order, and investigation abilities.

“Union home secretary Rajiv Gauba will discuss the plan for setting up the University on Wednesday. It is still at a conceptual stage,” said a government official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The cabinet approved a proposal for a National Police University in 2008 but two years later, then minister of state for home Ajay Maken said in a Parliament reply that the proposal stood withdrawn in view of the ‘inherent merits in conducting such courses through existing universities’.

Experts said a dedicated university is needed.

“It’s a step in the right direction. There is an urgent need for have institutional study of issues like terrorism, organised crime, money laundering etc. We are talking about smart cities but smart cities can only come with smart police and this university will help achieve that objective,” said Prakash Singh, former BSF chief and Uttar Pradesh director general of police.

If the proposal goes through, the university will provide degrees for courses.

“But there are issues that need to be hammered out like whether the degree-holders from the universities will be absorbed in police forces across the country. We have to bear in mind that policing is a state subject and hiring is done by the respective states. And also, if students are absorbed by the private sector, the university may have to offer courses that suit requirements of jobs in private sector,” added the home ministry source.

The university will also act as a repository of data on policing in the country. It may as well conduct research on various challenges and prepare policy suggestions.

At the moment, there is a National Police Academy that offers shot-term courses and training, but mainly for Indian Police Service officers.

There is also a Sardar Patel University of Police, Security and Criminal Justice in Jodhpur that was established by the Rajasthan government.

When the Union cabinet recently approved umbrella scheme of modernisation of police forces between 2017 and 2020, it was decided to upgrade the Sardar Patel Global Centre for Security, Counter Terrorism and Anti Insurgency in Jaipur.

The issue of establishing the police university was also discussed in the last annual conference of police chiefs, held in Hyderabad.

First Published: Oct 17, 2017 19:04 IST