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Student Police Cadet, a success story


T. SATISAN | Ernakulam, September 18, 2012 14:51
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The Student Police Cadet (SPC) Project, a success story in Kerala, is all set to assume national dimension and presence.
One more Kerala model is going to be officially accepted at the national level. The Student Police Cadet (SPC) Project, set up to inculcate better civic sense among youth and to make them responsible citizenry, may take national dimension after they met the Prime Minister in Kerala last week.
SPC project is a practical scheme aimed at inculcating feeling of responsibility and selfless service among youth. The scheme is a blend of NCC’s patriotism and national reconstruction as well as social work of National Service Scheme (NSS). It is a school based initiative and jointly implemented by Department of Home and Education and duly supported by other government departments in the state.
The ultimate aim of SPC is to create a society which is law abiding, disciplined, civic sense, empathic to the weaker sections of the society and has resistance to social evils.
P. Vijayan, Thrissur City Police Commissioner and also the proponent of the project spoke to TSI about the advantages of the budding organisation. He said that the scheme which was launched in a humble manner is now spread over 234 schools in the state.
The strength of cadets has gone up to 16,500. Seventeen CBSE schools are included in the list several more have applied for the affiliation. However, the state nodal officer Vijayan said that all the schools can not be included due to shortage of infrastructure and manpower. He holds the view that the project can make effective progress through centre-state collaboration.
The project was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister of the state V.S. Achuthanandan on August 2, 2010 at Kozhikode.
The scheme is effectively creating awareness among youth about the functioning of police in the state. Normally, school and college students do not get any opportunity to realize that police is working hard for reforms in the society.
The projects declared programme includes mob control, making the students active in environmental protection, creating readiness in the young kids for joining police force, enlightening the people against the traffic offences, making students aware about the dangers of drugs and liquors, etc.
After the success of the project in the state, officials from other states like Rajasthan and Goa are visiting Kerala to learn about SPC and prepare a plan to emulate the project in their respective states.
SPC scheme is very active in all districts of Kerala. Thrissur Rural Deputy Superintendent of Police and the Thrissur district nodal officer of the scheme, C.R. Xavier told TSI that 40 students each from the 8th and the 9th standards of the 18 schools in the district have been drafted to the scheme. Training classes are conducted on Tuesdays and Fridays without disturbing their school classes. Police constables to senior police officers are available to train the cadets. Writers, career experts, political leaders and psychiatrists are also serving as trainers.
Recently, the cadets organised traffic rules awareness programme. With the help of the local police and traffic department, the cadets stopped vehicles plying on the highway to apprise the drivers on the benefits of following the rules. The programme drew people’s attention throughout the state.
Xavier also told TSI, that some schools in Thrissur district have roped in the cadets to clean the school campus from empty packets of pan parag, etc. Also, the cadets succeeded in bringing the drop-outs back to the school.
The officials also informed that the SPC project has also succeeded in boosting the academic standard in a school in Malappuram district. A school in Koottai increased their SSLC pass rate from 37 % to 87 % and the SPC could convince the students that education is not merely the study of mathematics, science and English. Now, several students show keen interest in history and other humanities and arts subjects, thereby raising the overall academic performance of the school.
Student with sound physical capability and score of minimum 50% marks in 7th standard is inducted to SPC from 8th standard. TSI spoke to Christo K. Anto, an 8th standard student from Koratty, Thrissur district. He was quite happy to say that his association with SPC has earned more recognition for him in his village and school.
Every local self-government body contributes Rs 100,000 each to the project in the government schools and in the private schools, management and Parents Teachers Association organize the funds for the project. MLA’s and MP’s also contribute from their respective funds for the project in various schools.
By all means, SPC is a practical formation on the concept “catch them young”. Its success will definitely create a new society. “Kutti police” (as locally called) or children police are all smiles after the meeting with the Prime Minister of India. The success of the project has impressed the Prime Minister to the extent that he immediately sought detailed information on the project and plausibility of it being implemented at the national level.
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