IIM Indore and IIM Lucknow have a new set of students — police and politicians

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  • The demand for digital skills has led to even political leaders and cops taking up courses artificial intelligence, and social media management to meet their job demands.
  • The UP police has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore.
  • Under this, the cops will undergo training on crisis management, negotiation skills and communication also.
  • The move is aimed at strengthening beat policing in the state.
As criminals are getting smarter, the police are catching up to technologies and skills at a faster rate. Now, this Indian state is upskilling and reskilling its force to be able to use GPS systems, data analysis to solve crimes and handle crises.

The UP police signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore. As a part of the programme, the cops will undergo training on crisis management, negotiation skills and communication.

“At times, situations arise when crowd management is important. Negotiation helps in sorting out problems by effective communication and can eliminate chances of violence or damage to public property,” Himanshu Rai, director at IIM Indore told the Hindustan Times.

In addition to this, it will also include modules on stress management, social media handling and implementing artificial intelligence, along with data analysis.

Aseem Arun, Additional Director General said that this will help the state police in “data analytics and geographical information system in better positioning of UP-112 Patrol and responsive vehicles, helping in better crime mapping and analysing crime trend,” ET reported.

The move is aimed at strengthening beat policing in the state to have better law enforcement in place, along with traffic patrolling for more efficient crisis management.

The state, which is known for low education scores, is also training its ministers in political leadership skills.

In September 2019, as many as 56 state ministers including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath participated in a three-day long course — ‘Manthan’ — at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow. That included lessons on economic analysis, communication and persuasion skills, policy formulation and implementation, risk assessment, and budgeting.

The state government had infused roughly ₹22 lakhs for the training programme.

"It is the first time that a state government, in order to enhance its political leadership, has decided to seek training from one of the country's best management institutes," the Uttar Pradesh government had said.

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