New Delhi: To deal with insurgency and challenges in Jammu and Kashmir and Maoists activities across the country, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has planned to create a pool of high technology experts “from among its officers” to update their skills in handling unprecedented situations.
The lead internal security force of the nation having over three lakh personnel actively deployed in several theatres and regions in India aims to train 500 of their officers who have graduate engineering degrees.
A batch of 40 engineering graduate officers and subordinate officers of the CRPF will be picked to undergo a certificate course of three to six months under Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi’s continuing education programme.
“This will equip the CRPF personnel with unique skills, capabilities, and knowledge to tackle complex challenges, meet operational and strategic needs and enhance competitive advantage,” CRPF DIG M Dhinakaran was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.
The CRPF officer said that a few selected officers from this trained batch will undergo higher degree courses at IIT-Delhi. “These trained officers will also act as tech advisors to the force.”
According to the IANS report, the officers of CRPF trained by IIT-D will also be associated with joint research projects under Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and IIT-D in the field of defence and security tech solutions.
Another officer said that the force has made persistent efforts at keeping pace with the latest technologies by adopting them in its core functions. The initiative is an effort to “create a pool of highly specialised technology experts from among its officers”.