The Self Defence Training programme run by the Delhi University (DU) in association with Delhi Police will now be offered through the school of open learning under the distance education wing of the university. Earlier the course was only offered to its regular colleges around the state.
The Delhi Police has targeted to train almost 100000 women with skills of self defence at the very onset of this programme. It has achieved half the target by the month of June itself, providing self defence training to women around the state through these courses through the university colleges.
According to a senior official of the Delhi University School of Open Learning (SOL), “The Gender Sensitization Committee (GSC) is organizing a Self-Defence Training Programme for girl students in close collaboration with Delhi Police. The training shall be organized in batches for 10 days till April 2016 and shall be held at three venues.
The official further added, “Earlier the training was limited for the girls studying in regular colleges but now we have decided to extend it to SOL too. Though the students here do not attend regular classes but self defence training is important for girls to survive in society.”
On the completion of the training programme, two certificates will be given to the candidates from School of Open Learning and Delhi Police. The entire training programme will be free for the candidates to opt from the university. For the safety of girls and their security in and around the DU the Delhi Police has initiated these self defence programmes, deployed additional police, initiated anti eve-teasing teams and started emergency response vehicles. At very strategic points of the city there are police pickets that are deployed so that perverts and criminals in the campuses could be avoided. Apart from it there are emergency response vehicles and quick response teams that have also been deployed for the safety and security of the girl students.