THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: State level annual summer camp of Student Police Cadet (SPC) program begins in the capital. The seven-day leadership camp involves participation of 605 students across the state. They are undergoing training in personality development, physical fitness, training in parade etc. The cadets are camping at the Special Armed Police Camp here at Peroorkada. The motto of this year’s summit is ‘Transforming myself, transforming others’. Abdul Karim, the additional state nodal officer of SPC said the purpose of the camp is to train students to become socially responsible leaders.
A Day at the Camp
A typical day in the camp starts at 5 am. Students hit the road for a 45 minute jog from 6.15 am. The distance of “road walk” gradually increases from 2 km to 5 km. It is followed by a session on yoga and Kalaripayattu, which have been included with an aim to strengthen the mind. After a break the cadets are divided into two groups. The indoor group sits for personality development classes which starts from 10 am onwards till 1 pm, while the outdoor group visits various locations in the city such as the Legislative Assembly, Secretariat, music college, media houses, Central Prison, state library, ISRO, Kerala University etc.
“During the visit students are provided with the opportunity to interact with heads of these offices and gain experience about the functions of these departments,” said Karim.
Both group have lunch at around 1 pm and can use the time till 4 pm to rest or for study. All the students who have been selected are from the standard 9 and they will be having their annual exams after the standard 10 boards. In the evening all of them participate in a parade at the police parade ground. By 6.30 pm eminent personalities from different field interact with the students. Later from 7.30 to 9.30 pm students present various cultural programmes. After dinner the students go to their bunks. No mobile phones are allowed inside the camp, but common phones have been provided for students to contact their family members.
The students will participate in the final parade at the valedictory function and will return home. According to Karim, these students train students of class 8 at their respective schools. Apart from students 39 teachers from SPC schools are also participating in the camp. They will be given honorary sub inspector rank after the camp.
At present, over 40,000 cadets comprising of both boys and girls from 530 schools are undergoing a 2 year structured training program in Kerala.