Kozhikode Corporation yet to provide aid for the project
The second annual summer camp of the student police cadets (SPC), here, began at Savio Higher Secondary School at Devagiri on Monday.
About 350 cadets from 14 schools and 100 supporting officers, including teachers, social workers, elected representatives, police officers and others are attending the four-day camp. Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Tribes and Youth Affairs P.K. Jayalakshmi will inaugurate the camp on Tuesday noon. District Collector K.V. Mohan Kumar and SPC State Nodal Officer P. Vijayan, who is the Commissioner of Police, Thrissur city, will speak.
G. Sparjankumar, Commissioner of Police, told presspersons that the cadets would get an opportunity to take part in interactive sessions on various topics.
A schedule had already been drawn up for the participants from 5 a.m. every day. Classes on goal setting, leadership qualities, alcoholism and drug abuse, learning techniques, healthy lifestyle and basic life support would be held.
There would be a practical session conducted by the bomb and dog squads.
Interactive sessions with Olympian P.T. Usha, poet P.K. Gopi, and actor Abu Saleem will be some of the highlights of the camp. The SPC project, a school-based training oriented initiative, was aimed at evolving a ‘vigilant, law abiding and progressive society by inculcating a spirit of responsibility, capability and social commitment in the minds of young students.'
However, the project is having problems in Kozhikode city.
Shortage of staff for training cadets and paucity of funds have forced the Police Department to stop enlisting new schools for the project in the city.
The State government has decided not to introduce the project in any new school in the city for five years.
It has been decided that only a school within the limits of a police station will be part of the project. The decision seemed to be an obstacle to bringing more schools under the project.
K. Radhakrishnan, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Narcotics), who is the District Nodal Officer, said that a proposal had been sent to the government to start the project in four more schools.
There was a need for the SPC to function at Vellayil, Marad, and Beypore.
As of now, 44 students from a school are enrolled as cadets in Class VIII.
Then they move on to the senior level in Class IX in the two-year programme.
So, effectively a school has 88 cadets. The SPC project worked with funds allocated from the local bodies.
But the Kozhikode Corporation was yet to aid the project.
A government school, two aided schools, and a private school in the city generate funds through the parent-teacher association to run the SPC project.
A sum of Rs.1.25 lakh is required for a school each year for the project.
Mr. Radhakrishnan said the Thiruvananthapuram and Thrissur Corporations, Pathanamthitta municipality, and Idukki and Wayanad district panchayats had supported the SPC project by setting aside funds annually.
The funds were used for buying uniform of the cadets, indoor and outdoor activities, and camps, he said.
Funds are provided by local bodies Shortage of staff to train cadets
Funds are provided by local bodies
Shortage of staff to train cadets