New Delhi: Till a few
years ago, Shweta Chauhan was a lecturer at Delhi University and
analysed Shakespeare and John Keats with her students. Now she
spends more than 12 gruelling hours in a police station to train
as an Indian Police Service officer and is enjoying every moment
Like Chauhan, there are many other professionals, including a
doctor, a psychologist and a copy editor who have quit their
comfortable well-paying jobs to join the IPS. Currently 10 such
IPS trainees, including three women, are undergoing training at
various police stations in the capital.
Chauhan, who used to take three to four lectures in a day during
her eight-hour duty as a lecturer, is enjoying the tough training.
"After my work as a lecturer for three years, this job is
definitely more challenging, but I am prepared for it and am
enjoying it to the hilt," Chauhan told IANS.
"I am reminded of the old days when I would teach students in the
morning and go for my M.Phil classes in the evening," she added.
Besides Chauhan, the others are: Santosh Kumar Meena, Rajender
Pradhan Meena, Amit Sharma, Sagar Singh Kalsi, Eish Singhal, Isha
Pandey, Vijender Kumar Yadav, Benita Mary Jaiker and A. Koan - all
from diverse professional backgrounds.
Benita Mary Jakier, a 26-year-old psychologist, decided to quit
her profession due to her deep attraction for the 'uniform'. She
cracked the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam in her
first attempt and secured the rank 120.
"If I were not an IPS official, I would try for the military or
navy because I like the uniform," Jaiker told IANS.
"This profession is not as easy as other people think it to be.
During my SHO training, I was able to sleep only for four hours in
three days. But the feel of the uniform on my shoulders enhances
my stamina and I forget my tiredness," said Jaiker.
Eish Singhal, who has done his MBBS, was treating patients in a
civil hospital in Punjab for one year before his selection in IPS
He attempted the UPSC exam twice and managed to secure a seat for
himself in his second attempt.
Explaining his IPS training experience, Singhal told IANS: "It's
easy to diagnose and treat patients' diseases, but to handle crime
and criminal activities is not an easy task. Every day I have been
facing a new kind of criminal activity."
Isha Pandey, who had completed her master's degree in
International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU),
got selected in the UPSC in her third attempt when she was
pursuing her Ph.D. She was at the time also working as a copy
editor with a leading daily in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh.
Pandey told IANS that the police service is not just a job; "as an
IPS one has to prepare to deal with any unprecedented incident 24
"When I am deputed to handle a district or more than one police
station, it would be really very challenging," said Pandey.
The 10 trainee officers say the reason for them changing
professions to pursue a career as an IPS officer is the desire to
serve people by learning their real problems.
"The batch of 10 IPS officers is on their first phase training
here since this January. From July 29, they will get the second
phase training at the New Police Academy (NPA) in Hyderabad,
before their deployment," Joint Commissioner of Police (Training)
Robin Hibu told IANS.
Hibu explained that the training is necessary for an IPS official
to understand "real policing from the level of a beat constable to
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