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The country's first woman Indian Police Service officer Kiran Bedi emphasised the need for reforms in Indian policing practices while delivering the third Silver Jubilee Lecture of Indira Gandhi National Open University this past week.

Dr. Bedi said dehumanising of policemen was a natural consequence that needed to be corrected. There are over 1.7 million policemen in the country, of whom 95 per cent are of the rank of inspector and below and there is also a large constabulary that works round the clock. The media and the business could initiate the process through police reforms, she said.

Community policing is also the key to social problems and ridding the policing system of its ills. Good research has to be carried out regularly in the criminal justice system besides research in policing on drug abuse treatment, domestic violence, rural police stations and other areas. According to Dr. Bedi, the current budgetary allocation for the police is not enough to support moves on police reforms.

She also asked IGNOU to ensure free and compulsory computer education to the constabulary and launch training programmes on domestic violence and drug abuse treatment.

The Footwear Development and Design Institute has formed academic alliances with international institutions like ARS Sutoria, Italy, and LDT Nagold, Germany, to ensure better education, training, research and development for its students.

Faculty and student exchange programmes would be facilitated besides cooperation in sharing research material, publications, and academic information.

Aligarh Muslim University's Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, organised a lecture earlier this week on “Indoor air pollution: A major environmental and health challenge in India.” The lecture dwelt on various causes and ways of prevention of illnesses and deaths in children and women as a result of inhalation of toxic pollutants produced by incomplete combustion of indoor biomass. It was suggested that the combined efforts of the public, administrators, politicians and media are required to fight the hazard.

Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College is organising an event later this week which will emphasise on the significance of sports. Titled “Josh”, the event will consist of a symposium dwelling on the legacy of sports in the country. Other activities will also be held in an attempt to develop a sporting spirit and to promote all sports on an equal opportunity basis.

The event also marks the successful completion of the first batch of the newly started courses in Sports Economics and Marketing and Web Journalism in the college.

India Tourism Development Council's Ashok Inlead School of Hospitality launched an SMS campaign earlier this week for career counselling to support the National Skill Development Mission, a Union Ministry of Human Resource Development initiative.

The campaign aims to provide career counselling to students enrolled in professional courses in general and in particular to those aspiring to make a career in the hospitality sector.

Rohtak-based Maharshi Dayanand University has announced the annual examination schedule for its B.A., B.Sc. and B.Com. courses.

While the annual examinations for Directorate of Distance Education students and fail/improvement/additional subject cases will begin on March 20, examinations for regular students and compartment cases will begin on April 1.

Urvashi Sarkar

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