Virtual classroom proposed for linking police training centres

PTI Hyderabad | Updated on March 14, 2012

The city-based Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVP-NPA) — a premiere police training institution — is working on a project to establish a virtual classroom by connecting all the police training centres across the country.

Apart from connecting the police training centres, SVP-NPA is also eyeing to connect all the Central Police Organisation (CPO) academies, NPA’s (Information Technology) Deputy Director, Ms Malini Agarwal, told PTI.

For this SVP-NPA is working on different technological aspects (for connectivity network) in creating the most economical way for a virtual classroom, Ms Agarwal said.

“The plan is to connect different training centres that would finally turn into interactive classrooms. NPA will facilitate in developing the content for online courses and even other academies can also contribute in developing online training content”, the senior official said.

“We are awaiting nod for the virtual classroom”, the official added.

The virtual classroom will provide a forum for real-time interaction between faculty and students through web conferencing, video conferencing and interactive classroom.

“The objective is to impart lectures and have one-to-one direct interaction between trainers and learners through interactive classrooms at different police training centres and even guest lectures can be given at some of the remote areas,” she said.

This, besides the virtual classroom, will enable in sharing resources to the optimum level, which will not only bring down the costs but help in developing uniformity in training, Ms Agarwal said.

“Each institution has a specialised activity and different training modules that could benefit learners in other academies. We want to pull together the expertise through the virtual classroom by sharing information, including important events of different police training centres, in a better way,” she pointed out.

“Depending on the costs...we are now trying different technological options with regard to connectivity network.

Nothing has been finalised (on the technology). Plans are underway for the most economical way of creating a virtual classroom”, another NPA official added.

Published on March 14, 2012

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