First batch of students of B.A. in Security & Detective Science to be out soon

Students from the first batch of B.A in Security and Detective Science, who will write their final year exams within a week, hope to work with the police and private detective agencies, and help them in investigation.

Clinton, from Meghalaya, who finished the course in the Mangalore Institute of Fashion Technology (MIFT), said, “I hope the government gives us preference. We are here to help the police only. We want to walk hand-in-hand with police.” Another student, S. Devaseelan from Tamil Nadu, said jobs were available in government and private sectors.

He was speaking on the sidelines of a press meet called by MIFT to introduce the nine students, who are about to write the exams soon. The three-year course is affiliated to the Mangalore University and recognised by the Government of Karnataka. It consists of 36 papers, costs Rs. 45,000 for one year, and has teachers including lawyers, government-approved detectives and retired police officers.

The students study law, Police Act, cyber crime, disaster management and visit the fire station, bus stand, railway station and airport to see how security issues are dealt with in the places.

Bencyl Mrak, a student from the first outgoing batch, said she took up the course because it is challenging.

M.G. Hegde, Director, MIFT, said that while it was not a problem getting resources to teach theory classes for the course, it was teaching the practical work that posed a challenge. So they used police diaries from retired police officers as study material. However, he said he hoped they would be able to get more resources that can improve the syllabus in the course of time.

Chandralekha Gowda, Principal, MIFT, said the college took students to the airport to study security from an academic perspective. But it was not easy (to get access to study such aspects) and hopefully in future the scene would change for the better.

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However, police officers and private detectives sounded sceptical about the new course. Manish Kharbikar, Mangalore Police Commissioner, said that if the students wished to join the police, they had to go through Indian Police Service (civil service examination). For the post of Sub Inspector, any person could apply after completing graduation. Other ways of working from within the government for the graduates was a long-term effort as it will mean that government recruitment policy had to change. He said, “What they are studying is not known. If persons with experience are teaching, it should be OK.”

The security industry offers opportunities but entrants, especially youngsters, must look out. When there is a question mark over work done by detectives as they intrude upon the privacy of a person, what is the sanctity of such courses, said Captain Giri, Chairman and Managing Director, Sharp Detectives. “It makes no difference to industry but youngsters will be exploited (if the course is not genuine),” he said.

T.C. Shivashankara Murthy, Vice Chancellor, Mangalore University, said that there are only one or two colleges offering the course. He said that affiliation was given based on infrastructure and teachers that a college has. If the college was affiliated, there was “no problem”, he said.

  • Students study law, Police Act, cyber crime, and disaster management

  • Police diaries from retired police officers are used as study material