Cabinet shelves Shivraj Patil`s project two years after approving it

Last Updated: Friday, March 19, 2010 - 17:46

New Delhi: Government on Friday shelved the
plan of setting up National Police University, a brain child
of former Union Minister Shivraj Patil, saying existing
varsities can be roped in for conducting courses on police
related subjects.

The proposal of the Home Ministry for establishing the
university was taken up at a meeting of Union Cabinet chaired
by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, but it was decided to drop
the plan keeping in view the large requirement of resources,
land and manpower for it.
An official statement said, "the Union Cabinet today
approved the dropping of the proposal for establishment of
National Police University in view of the inherent merits in
opening study centres and chairs in the existing

The setting up of the university had received cabinet`s
in-principle approval on May one, 2008 to provide quality
education, research and other related academic activities in
police related subjects.

It was agreed that an alternative proposal of conducting
courses on police related subjects by networking the existing
universities be considered as the objectives of establishing
the university can be met in a lesser time by utilising the
existing infrastructure in various universities.

" was felt that the proposal for National Police
University may be dropped," the statement said.

The approximate financial implication for the proposed
university was estimated at Rs 350 crores, apart from
recurring expenditure of Rs 25 crores per annum.
Setting up of a full-fledged university would mean a
further investment in the areas where capacity already exists.
"Therefore, the alternative proposal of organising courses in
police related subjects in the existing universities appear to
be a better option," the statement said.

Patil wanted that the university should be set up on the
lines of the prestigious National Defence Academy and the idea
was to fine tune policing with the changing times in view of
worsening internal security situation, lack of serious
research and development and dip in the morale of security

The proposed university was to offer graduates, post
graduates and PhD courses to civilians and serving police
officers in a range of subjects including biological warfare,
criminal psychology, public relations, human rights,
insurgency and communal tensions.

Patil, during his tenure as Home Minister till he was
asked to resign in the fall out of 26/11 Mumbai attacks, had
surveyed the national capital and adjoining areas on a
helicopter and earmarked area around Bhondsi in Haryana and
Nodia in Uttar Pradesh for the project.


First Published: Friday, March 19, 2010 - 17:46

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