Work has begun on the Raksha Shakti University, the first varsity of the country dedicated to policing courses. The varsity will initially have 250 seats, the admission process to which will begin after class XII result is declared.
The temporary campus near New Civil Hospital will be located at the building which earlier was the Ahmedabad District (Rural) Police office (which has now shifted to Sarkhej) and also had the chamber of Director General of Police.
Rooms of the office building are being converted into classrooms.Â A permanent campus will come up on 300 acres in Lavad, Gandhinagar, at a cost of Rs 100 crore. In the first phase, the varsity will begin with two courses, Diploma in Basic Policing and Bachelor of Police Service.
University director general, former Ahmedabad police commissioner of OP Mathur said, â€œThe syballi of the two courses are almost ready. The university will begin functioning by April-end or early May.â€
State Home Secretary T S Bisht said the first batch will have a combined (both courses) strength of 250 whereas the fee will be Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per semester. Bisht is also member of universityâ€™s advisory committee.
The second phase will see introduction of courses on terrorism, cyber crimes, economic offences, internal security and forensic science for police personnel and under-graduates. The university will have retired IPS officers, serving policemen, ex-Armymen, law professors and forensic expers as faculty.Â There are talks of affiliating police training institutes of Gujarat to this university.