Call it the lure of khaki and the power that it brings,or the safety and security that a government job offers,as things stand,several professionally qualified youth will be joining the Punjab Police as constables,the lowest rank in the police hierarchy.
The selected youth include engineers,MBAs,law and IT graduates even though the most important educational pre-requisite for an applicant desirous of applying for the post of constable is a 10+2 pass certificate.
The startling fact came to fore during the 158th passing out parade of 1,191 newly recruited jawans at Punjab Armed Police (PAP),Jalandhar,recently. Out of these 1,191 jawans,nearly 200 have professional degrees,while a number of others are at least graduates.
Sample this: At least 48 of the newly recruited jawans hold masters degree in different disciplines. Six of them are engineers,five are MBAs and 11 are Information Technology graduates. There are four MCA degree holders and an equal number of law graduates. At least 15 of them possess an MEd degree and are qualified enough to teach at schools.
However,all these professionals - trained for 10 months - will be soon joining starting their careers at the lowest end of the police hierarchy.
Commandant,Basis Training Centre,PAP,Pawan Kumar Uppal,listed out the reasons why professionally qualified youth were preferring to join the police forces even at the lower rank. There are three reasons - the first is high starting salary,second higher qualification means more marks at the time of recruitment,and third,and most important,the job security, Uppal said,adding that the starting salary for jawans is Rs 30,000 per month.
One of the recent recruits,a professionally qualified engineer,requesting not to be named in print,said that all he wanted was a government job. There is so much unemployment in Punjab. My qualifications may be more than what was required for the job,but for me it was the job that was important. You cant have a more safe and secure future than what a government job offers, he said.
On being queried about the huge packages that multi-national companies offer to MBAs and MCAs,another constable said,competition and economic recession have rendered jobs in private firms unviable as there is no job security.