Amritsar: Although a candidate applying for a constable’s post with the Punjab police needs to be just a Class 12 pass out, many graduates and post graduates were seen rubbing shoulders with their juniors at the recruitment rally of Amritsar City Police at Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) sports grounds here on Monday.
This speaks of the dismal unemployment scenario in the state.
Up for grabs at the ongoing recruitment rally are 329 posts of constables with the majority of candidates being the Class12 pass outs.
According to deputy commissioner of police (DCP) AS Chahal, around 5,500 applications were received and on the first day on Monday, the physical strength of 500 candidates was tested. The entire process is expected to be completed by February 28, he added.
“Though the minimum qualification is Class 12 but we have a number of graduates as well as a few postgraduates,“ Chahal said while pointing out that after the physical screening, the candidates will be interviewed and then the final list will be prepared. All those selected will be posted in the city.
VETERANS IN THE RACE While for a majority, this was their first or second recruitment rally, the graduate and postgraduate candidates seemed quite well versed with the procedures involved as they had appeared in numerous such rallies ever since their Class 12. Though each time they faced rejection, they still have not lost hope.
Hardeep Singh, who obtained his Masters degree in political science last year and is unemployed, seemed hopeful after qualifying in the 1.6 km race and clearing the prescribed distance in the broad (long) jump. “Last year, I could not qualify in the long jump and was rejected at the recruitment rally,“ said Hardeep while disclosing that this was his 10th appearance at a state police recruitment rally. He is desperate to join the police, as his policeman father wants him to
Perhaps, one of the most qualified among the candidates who had cleared the physical test was Talwinder Singh of Dhapai village. He is a post graduate in English and also has a diploma in post graduation in computer application. Besides, he has also undergone the art and craft teacher training course aspiring to be a teacher, but failed to do so.
“My parents forced me to come here though I was not too keen. They want me to start earning some money, after which I can continue my studies,“ he said looking not too happy even after successfully completing the 1.6 km race.
“My aim is to become a college teacher and for this I have plans of sitting for the UGC test (NET–National Eligibility Test) this year,“ Talwinder said.
Gurlal Singh of Saragdev village, a graduate who will be sitting for his B.Ed examinations in April wants to become a government school teacher.
However, his parents told him to give the constable’s job a try, as there is no surety of his becoming a teacher.
“If I get through, I will join the police take admission in MA next academic session and apply for a teacher’s job whenever posts are advertised,“ he said. He has a diploma in information technology too.