The Panjab Universitys Centre for Police Administration seems to have undergone a transition in the last two years when viewed in terms of the approach and placement of its students. From being considered as a hobby course five years ago when the course was introduced,the Centre is now seen helping the police department in roping in a few post-graduate police officers at different levels.
A total six MA students have been selected for the posts of Sub-Inspector (SI),Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) and constables in Jammu and Kashmir,Tamil Nadu and Punjab. The recruitment of a few other students in Chandigarh,Haryana and Punjab is under process,according to the centres officials.
Prof Anil Monga,chairperson of the centre,says,The course aims to provide trained and professionally qualified candidates for direct recruitment in the police departments of various states and Union Territories as well as various para-military forces. Though initially many students had joined the course without any specific aim to join the forces,the recent batches seem to be more focussed.
While each of these six students have been selected under the state-specific mass recruitments,the centre helped them in keeping tabs on the recruitment drives in different states. Also,the faculty members inter-mediated between the state agencies and students during the interviews.
These six students have been selected on merit. Acquiring the basic knowledge of forensic sciences,IPC and CrPc,they were able to score exceptionally well in their interviews, added Prof Monga.
Tsewang Stenzin has been selected for the post of SI in J&K while Mandeep Parkash will be joining as ASI in Vellore district in Tamil Nadu. In addition,four students have been chosen for the post of constables in Punjab. They are Gurpartap Singh,Rajpal Singh,Gurvinder Singh and Manjinder Singh Mann. All of them had joined the course immediately after completing their graduation.
The centre has,however,not been able to find enough takers for the 10 seats it offers to the in-service police personnel. Since 2007,only three enrolments have been made in the in-service category.
All these three students Vineet Jakhad,a constable in Haryana police,Harmeet Singh,deputy commandant from Border Security Force,Madhya Pradesh,and Inspector Poonam Dilawari,Station House Officer,Sector 3 police station in Chandigarh had enrolled in the 2008-2010 batch.
The centre trains the students for other forces like Border Security Force (BSF),Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF),Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP),Government Railway Police (GRP) and Central Industrial Police Force (CISF),as well. It also provides trained candidates for private security agencies or security personnel for autonomous bodies like banks,universities and hospitals.