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India: NHRC to launch rights training for police

Graphic: Indian police officers

The Commission is running the distance education and online courses in partnership with the Indira Gandhi National Open University.

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) along with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will soon launch sensitisation programmes in human rights for policemen, said Vice Chancellor V.N. Rajsekharan Pillai.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between the IGNOU and the NHRC for launching the programmes at three levels - basic course for constables/sub-inspectors, advanced course for middle level police officers, and training of trainers.

"This will be the first effort of NHRC along with IGNOU to incorporate human rights culture among the Indian police and to develop people-friendly practices," said Pillai.

The first training programme will be launched for police constables at the Haryana Police Academy in Madhuban.

The programmes will be offered in both distance education and online modes, followed by interactive workshops.

"IGNOU has developed a human rights training portal along with interactive self-instructional materials. E-Gyankosh and School of Law, IGNOU will provide technical online support and develop interactive self-instructional materials for the course," Pillai said.

The NHRC will help in the development of the courses in the initial period in the form of resource support and funding the development of course materials, its printing, development of audio-visual materials and video lectures.

Date: 30 December 2009

Source: Thaindian News

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