KOCHI: The Student Police Cadet (SPC) project will be extended to all schools in the State in a phased manner, said Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala.
“This year, the project will be implemented in 140 schools in the State. The SPC project has become a model at the national level. It has been contributing immensely towards nurturing a socially committed and disciplined crop of students,” said Chennithala while inaugurating the valedictory session of the ‘India First Knowledge Hunt’, a quiz organised under the SPC here on Sunday.
The government has decided to extend the project to 140 schools this year. All the schools in the State will come under the project in a phased manner. Budgetary allocation for the SPC project has been raised from `6 crore to `10 crore. The Home Department will continue to exert pressure on the government to get more funds released,” the Minister said, and urged SPC cadets to be ambassadors of social commitment and discipline.
DIG P Vijayan, who is the State nodal officer for the SPC project, stated that since its inception in Kochi in 2007, the project had grown to 425 schools, bringing than 40,000 cadets under its fold.
Projects modelled on the SPC have been launched in more than ten states, while many other states have shown interest in it.
For example, Gujarat has implemented a similar project in all schools, with fund allocation of `100 crore. Also, delegates from some foreign countries have visited Kerala to learn about the SPC project,” said Chennithala.
On the occasion, the Home Minister released the Year Book of the SPC by handing over a copy to T P Senkumar. The Minister also presented prizes to winners of the State-level quiz.
A three-member team from Seva Mandir Post Basic HSS, Feroke, won first prize in the India First Knowledge Hunt.
Meanwhile, Tagore Vidya Niketan, Taliparamba, and Udinoor GHS, Kasargode, won the second and third prizes, respectively.