New Delhi: The 37th National Symposium of Heads of Police Training Institutions was organized by the Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPRD) in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Archana Ramasundaram, Member, Lokpal, Government of India, yesterday. Retired IPS officer from Tamil Nadu, Archana Ramasundaram, created history by becoming the first woman ever to head the paramilitary force SSB (Sashastra Seema Bal).
The theme of the two day Symposium was ‘Optimal Utilization of Resources – Through Sharing and Networking’. The Chief Guest appreciated the efforts of the BPRD in capacity building and shaping of the Indian Police, and highlighted the fundamental requirement of annual recruitment policy so that police training at the State or organizational level could be planned better. Delayed and sporadic recruitment in huge numbers puts excessive burden on the existing training infrastructure and trainers, said Ramasundaram.
A Directory of Indian Police Training Institutions (DIPTI) was released by the Chief Guest that has information on the resources of around 300 Police training institutions all over the country, and a revised Police Drill Manual (Hindi version) and Compendium of Trial Court Judgements in grave cases like rapes, murders, etc., were also released.
Ramasundaram felicitated Shashi Kant Upadhyay, DIG (SPD), BPRD, for winning the Gold Medal, by attaining the top rank in MBA (Disaster Management) from the IP University.
The Valedictory session was presided over by Rajiv Jain, former Director, Intelligence Bureau (IB), today. Speaking on the occasion, Jain appreciated the theme chosen, which signifies the need of the hour, i.e. sharing and ensuring optimal utilization of police training resources, mentioning that this kind of networking creates better synergy and helps in adopting the best practices of others.
While speaking at the inaugural session, V.S.K. Kaumudi, DG, BPRD, reminded the delegates about the expectations of the common man from the police and emphasized the need for a clear-cut training policy.
Kaumudi apprised the house of the efforts of the BPRD in the direction of enhancement of training capacity through its CDTIs, DSI courses, VICs, etc., with special focus on crime against women and children.
Speaking during the valedictory session, Kaumudi said the Resolutions of the 37th Symposium will be circulated to all States, UTs, CAPFs, and CPOs for follow-up, and emphasized the need to share common resources and best practices, offering that BPRD has been working as a hub for the training institutions all over the country.
The two day symposium was attended by the Heads of Police Training Institutions of States, Union Territories, Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), Central Police Organisations (CPOs), academia and domain experts.