The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary inaugurated the 34th National Symposium of Heads of Police Training Institutions by lighting a lamp here today. The National Symposium is a forum to discuss, deliberate and chalk out a roadmap for Police Training in India. It also provides an opportunity to learn from each other by understanding the best practices being followed in other states/units. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said that the training of police should be in line with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘SMART’ (S-Sensitive and Strict; M-Modern with Mobility; A- Alert and Accountable; R- Reliable and Responsive; T- Trained and Techno-savvy) Police. He said that training of police is very important keeping in view the changing nature of crime in today’s world, such as cyber crimes and other technology related crimes. He emphasised upon the technology and computer related training to the police so as to enable it to meet the challenges posed by technology. He said that police needs to be trained to tackle the problem of naxalism and terrorism.
The Minister said that when law and order situation is good in the country, it provides a conducive environment for investment resulting into development. He also called upon the police personnel to be sensitive to the public grievances and develop an attitude of ‘listening’ to their grievances. He also said the Government is working in the direction of quick decision making and the Centre is also keeping a watch on fund utilisation by states for modernisation of police. Navneet Rajan Wasan, DG, the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), said that the police in India is rapidly moving ahead to efficiently meet the challenging demands of a vibrant society due to the rapid changes in the socio-economic milieu and technological advancement. Left Wing Extremism, insurgency, prevention, detection and investigation of crimes etc. require focused attention. Faced with the onerous responsibility of countering these myriad challenges, the right kind of training to right person, assumes tremendous significance, he said.
He said that this is for the first time that the National Symposium is being held in Delhi. He also said that this is for the first time that efforts have been made to bring in fresh perspective on training methodologies and techniques from educational institutions of international repute, Government organisations, corporate sector, and other related organizations from across the world. Subject experts from Indian School of Business (ISB) Hyderabad, Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), National Informatics Centre (NIC) etc. would address on strategies and methodologies for bringing about qualitative changes in police training in India, he added.
He said that during the last Symposium, Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh had announced awarding of the Home Minister’s Medal for excellence in Police Training and Home Minister trophy for best training institutions. In this regard, he further informed that 167 Home Minister’s medals in excellence in police training will be awarded each year to the best trainer/faculty of police training institution of the country along with scroll and cash prize of Rs 25,000 each. For the Trophy, three best institutes under the category of best training institute for training of the Gazetted Officer, best Training Institute for the training of Non-Gazetted Officer, best training institute for other ranks (Constables) will be awarded running trophies along with Rs 25 lakh as grant-in-aid for their infrastructure development. Furthermore the Heads of the winner institute will be awarded Home Minister disc. It is our endeavour to announce the winners of these trophies and medals on 67th Republic day i.e. on 26th January, 2016, he added.
During the inaugural session, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary also gave away the President Police medals for distinguished services and Police medals for Meritorious service awarded to the officers of BPR&D from Republic day, 2014 onwards. On the above occasion, the Minister also released a book titled “A Forensic Guide For Crime Investigators: Standard Operating Procedures”. The book has been published by Lok Nayak Jaya Prakashnarayan (LNJN) National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science, Ministry of Home Affairs. During the Symposium many eminent speakers including Shri Krishna Kumar, former Director, NCERT, Prof. C.P. Shrimali, Director, MDI, Gurgaon and Ms Geetika Shah, ISB, Hyderbad will deliver addresses on topics such as comprehensive training strategies, innovative techniques in training and use of technology in training etc.
On the concluding day of the Symposium tomorrow, the senior police officers, in three separate sessions, will deliberate on building police training institutions of excellence, improving police training and capacity building. Shri Subhro Sen from Shiv Nader University is expected to deliver a key note address on “Comprehensive Training Strategy”. A Panel discussion will also be held on “Improvements in Outdoor Training”.