Glut of overqualified among new Kerala policemen

March 22nd, 2008 - 9:20 pm ICT by admin  


Thrissur (Kerala), March 22 (IANS) Thirty two lawyers, three engineers, four post-graduates in business administration (MBA), two M. Phil scholars and six holders of masters degrees in computer applications (MCA) were among the 243 sub-inspectors who passed out from the Kerala Police Academy here Saturday. The basic qualification for a sub-inspector’s post is graduation.

“Among those who came out of the academy today there are many who hold double post-graduate degrees,” said Alexander Jacob, inspector general of police and the director of the academy.

According to Jacob one of the reasons why highly qualified youths join the police is the power and glamour attached to the job. “Another reason is the high rate of unemployment,” Jacob told IANS.

He said the police could use the services of these sub-inspectors in special fields like tackling cyber crime and financial fraud.

“Kerala police already have six sub-inspectors with doctoral degrees. In Thiruvananthapuram one woman constable holds a doctoral degree.”

“Women constables in Kerala on an average are better qualified than the sub-inspectors.

“There are 150 double post-graduates, 450 post-graduates and five M. Phil scholars among women constables,” Jacob added.

Addressing the passing out parade here, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the government would revamp the police recruitment procedures.

The basic qualification for a police constable will be raised to higher secondary level, he said. Currently, someone who passes secondary school can become a constable.

“There will be 3,000 vacancies in the police this year and 3,900 in the next year. The government hopes to introduce the new recruitment procedure from next year,” the minister added.

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