When you see an Inspector General of Police (IG),two Commandants of Border Security Force (BSF) and a police constable sitting in the same class learning various aspects of police administration,you realise that learning indeed has no age bar.
In 25th year of his service in Haryana Police,IG Kuldeep Singh Siag has no qualms about sitting in a class full of young students,but he gets a little conscious at times. I do get conscious when Im alone,so I make it a point to contact other colleagues of mine who are my batchmates before coming for the class, says Siag,who is currently posted at Abohar,and is on study leave of two years to complete his MA (Police Administration).
Among the 35 students enrolled in the second year of MA (Police Administration) at Centre of Police Administration,Panjab University,there are four senior students a Haryana Police IG,two BSF Commandants and a Chandigarh Police constable.
The best part is all of us get an opportunity to sit together in a class and discuss all we have learnt in several years of our experience, says Siag.
While three of them are on study leave of two years to complete the course,Sunil Kumari,a constable with Chandigarh Police,juggles her duty and classes.
I try to attend classes,but because of the regular night shifts at the police station,it becomes difficult, says Kumari,who is currently posted at a Manimajra police post as a computer operator.
Kumari recently did her post-graduation in political science from PU,and when the opportunity came her way to study at the varsity,she grabbed it. There is 10 per cent reservation for police personnel in the course,so I decided to enrol myself, she adds.
The MA course in which all the in-service personnel are enrolled is aimed at training the students who aspire to join various forces including the police and other para-military forces. But Satwinder Pal Singh,Commandant,BSF,maintains that it was all about learning more and more,which motivated them to be a college student once again.
I was driven to gain more knowledge. It is exciting when young students approach us with so many questions about para-military forces. They want to know more about the forces than what they read in the books, says Singh,who has completed 24 years of his service and is currently posted in Chandigarh.
Whenever these senior students get some time off between the classes,they visit the Students Centre. It is a wonderful feeling when we look at the bubbly youngsters at the Students Centre,and we are lost in memories of our student days, says Singh.
With third semester examination round the corner,all the senior students are now busy preparing for exams. Are they worried about exams? No. We are quite disciplined,so it is often the opposite,as we share our notes with those young kids, says the BSF Commandant.