IGNOU signs MoU with NHRC to develop and update human rights courses for police personnel

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Students of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) can now look out for a new advanced programme on human rights for police personnel. The university signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to develop the new course and update the existing one.

NHRC and IGNOU will jointly develop the programme to generate awareness among the judiciary, police personnel, public servants, parliamentarians, universities, colleges and common people. IGNOU admin registrar SK Sharma and NHRC joint secretary JS Kochher signed the MoU on Wednesday at INA, Delhi. Read | Schools’ syllabus should include human rights, gender studies and health, click here

“IGNOU’s Inter University Consortium (IUC) platform and SWAYAM portal will be used for disseminating information on Human Rights to the proposed target groups. IGNOU’s regional centers will be used as training centers for spreading human rights education. The material developed will be in the form of e-books and printed books,” IGNOU vice chancellor Ravindra Kumar said.

Six units of the current programme on human rights for police personnel and the e-content on the IGNOU website will be updated. The programme will aim to simplify the subject by using interactive and multimedia tools so that about 80 per cent of the police force which includes personnel from the posts such as constables to posts such as sub-inspectors understand.

 

Delhi Police, college students and authorities brace for day one of Delhi University

The new academic session at Delhi University (DU) begins on July 20. And freshers have mixed feelings — nervousness about whether they’ll ‘fit in’ and excitement to step into a more chilled-out phase of their lives. Some even fear being bullied. But here’s what: From the various college authorities and societies to student political parties and even the Delhi Police, everyone is working towards ensuring a smooth run for the anxious fuchchas.

“We’ll welcome the freshers with chocolates and roses, and brief them about the syllabus and course details, as there are minor changes in the syllabus every year that freshers don’t usually know of,” says Shauryaveer Singh, a student of Campus Law Centre and a member of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI).

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For safety and a ragging-free campus, the student political wing has made a list of locations where CCTV cameras are required. “University is planning to install cameras in the campus premises and have asked for recommendations as to where they should be installed. We have noted down 23 locations to ensure security, especially for the girls,” adds Singh.

Some drama always helps! So, besides orientation programmes, fuchchas can expect anti-ragging plays on campus. Dr Rama, principal of Hans Raj College, shares, “The seniors students will stage plays on the anti-ragging theme. A committee of teachers will also monitor the college premises.” She adds, “No one will be able to bully anyone and if any student faces any issue, they can contact me without any hesitation.”

Above all, Delhi Police plans to tighten vigilance. “We will deploy more female officers, dressed in casuals, in the campus. Women helpdesks will be established at Arts Faculty, Miranda House, Ramjas College, Kirori Mal College and Hans Raj College. We will coordinate with the anti-ragging committees of each college and department,” says Jatin Narwal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North).

More so, “the Delhi Metro has been requested to make announcements in trains and stations about DU being intolerant towards ragging,” reads a release issued by the varsity.