Kolkata Police Law Institute is a milestone in the history of Kolkata Police and it is unique because in no state perhaps there is an exclusive law college for the police. The institute is rst of its kind in the country under the aegis of Kolkata Police Family Welfare Centre, offering quality law education to inservice police personnel and their wards including the wards of the retired police ofcers of both Kolkata Police and West Bengal Police. Kolkata Police Law institute was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on 19 August, 2016.
The college which is afliated with University of Calcutta received subsequent approval from Bar Council of India to impart law degree course.
The college offers 5 years integrated BA –LLB course primarily for the wards of the policemen with twenty per cent seats for the students from civilian families. The 3 years LLB course is exclusively for the in-service police personnel of Kolkata Police and West Bengal Police. The persuasion of law degree by policemen will certainly enhance their professional skill. The University of Calcutta has approved introduction of this course as a special case from its 2016-17 academic session and onwards subject to the nal approval of Bar Council of India which has already conducted inspection and reportedly made recommendations for introducing the same.
Located at 7, Diamond Harbour Road, the institute can enroll 60 students in each course. It has a prospective plan to introduce law-oriented other courses to make it a premier law institute. It has a plan to introduce Post Graduate and other degrees in law in future. The primary object of the institution is to impart legal knowledge amongst the police personnel, their wards and others by conducting professional degree course in law.
The institute has the plan to introduce different types of diploma and certicate courses on cyber law, forensic law, environmental law, human rights, labour law and consumer protection law to keep pace with the changing requirement in the modern society. The institute have highly qualied faculty, who have been inducted according to the norms of Bar Council of India, University Grants Commission, University of Calcutta and the directives of the state higher education department for maintaining high academic standards.
The institute has a state of art library with nearly 4000 text, reference books, law journals, magazines and periodicals. The institute has also a plan to further enrich the library with valuable books and journals both on line and in hard copy. A computer lab is there for the students who can also access internet facility for their academic purposes. There is a cafeteria with beautiful sitting arrangement. There is an air conditioned seminar hall cum auditorium with beautiful acoustic arrangement. Students argue at Moot Court over hypothetical cases. Moot Court is a method of teaching law and developing legal skills among the students that helps them to learn, analyze legal issues and court procedures. Legal Aid Clinic is there to provide free consultation on legal matters to the needy section of the society. Students also acquire knowledge of practical side of law while faculty members provide legal solution to the concerned people. The institute would provide scholarship for the meritorious students to motivate them in higher studies in law. Steps would also be made to inspire the girl students, who can create awareness among women about their legal rights. The institute will publish an inter–disciplinary journal twice a year and organise seminars and conferences with the active participation of luminaries in the eld of law. It would also explore the opportunity of both students and faculty exchange programmes with other famous institutions and increase the possibility of interaction and exchange of knowledge in the eld of law. Besides, course curriculum the institute will undertake extracurricular activities for developing soft skills among the students.
The police have natural interest in law and that actually drove Kolkata Police Family Welfare Centre to set up Kolkata Police Law Institute to create an opportunity to pursue their study in the eld of law. The institute was set up with an objective to make it a centre of excellence against the backdrop of study of law for the police force as well as the society.
Champak Bhattacharyya, IPS Joint Commissioner of Police (Organisation)