The Student Police Cadet (SPC) programme was launched for nationwide implementation by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at a ceremony in Gurugram, Haryana on July 21, 2018.
Speaking on the occasion, Singh said that he hoped that the SPC would lead to a silent revolution over the years by focusing on character building by imparting moral values to budding minds.
The Home Minister further expressed concern that education these days stressed more on mere book reading with little attention being paid towards character building of students, which shows negative effects on society in terms of increased crime.
The inaugural ceremony was attended by the Union Human Resources Minister Prakash Javadekar and the Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar.
The SPC programme seeks to build a bridge between the Police and the larger community through school students by inculcating values and ethics in them through classes in school and outside.
• The programme will focus on students of class 8 and 9 and special care will be taken to ensure that it does not increase the workload of the students.
• The programme will not have any prescribed text book and nor will it include any exam.
• Under its schedule, only one class is proposed in a month.
• The programme broadly seeks to cover two topics:
Crime prevention and control: The topics covered under this part include community policing, road safety, fight against social evils, safety of women and children, fight against corruption and disaster management.
Values and ethics: The topics covered under this part include values and ethics, respect for elders, empathy and sympathy, tolerance, patience, attitude, team spirit and discipline.
• The Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) with the support of NCERT has prepared a handbook for imparting instructions.
• The programme would lay a greater emphasis on field demonstrations and hands on learning of the functioning of the police through visits to women police stations, child protection homes including NGOs, traffic police and fire brigade stations.
• It will also enable learning through group discussions and audio-visual mediums.
The programme will be steered by a state level committee headed by the Principal Secretary, Home Department with the Principal Secretary, Education and Director General of Police as members.
A similar committee will be formed at the district level, headed by the District Magistrate with the District Inspector of Schools and Superintendent of Police as members.
The Centre has released an amount worth Rs 67 crores to the states for the implementation of the programme.
Besides, an amount of Rs 50,000 will be earmarked for each school to be spent on educational aids, training and contingency.
The programme shall first be implemented in government schools, in both urban and rural areas.
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