On International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Hanns Seidel Foundation India organised a virtual conference on “Challenges & Support for Women Human Rights in Karnataka” on 25th November 2021. Dr. Shalini Rajneesh, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary to Government Planning, Programme Monitoring & Statistics Department, Govt. of Karnataka, Dr. S T. Ramesh, Former Director General & Inspector General of Police, Karnataka State, Dr. Yashomati Ghosh, Associate Professor of Law National Law School India University, Bangalore, Mr. Anjaneya Reddy, Past President, FEVOURD-K, Bengaluru deliberated issues of women’s empowerment in the light of India’s inclusive growth objectives with special focus on Karnataka.
Not only since COVID-19, Mental Health is an important concern, not only in society, but also within the police force. Hanns Seidel Foundation India organised a sensitisation programme on Mental Health for the Wellbeing Officers of the Police Department, Karnataka on 6th December 2021.
Dr. Aravind Raj, Additional Professor, Department of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bangalore facilitated the event. Around 55 wellbeing officers along with police personnel participated in the event. Dr. MA Saleem, Additional Director General of Police (Administration) highlighted the need for enhancing wellbeing of the police personnel. Psychosocial andmental health of the police personnel was focused to harmonizing personal, familial and professional life.
Since its inception, the HSS has also been engaged in international exchange in the field of policing. Together with the HSF Philippines office, HSF India facilitated an Online Regional Conference on the Development and Use of E-Learning Management Systems in Police Training during the Covid-19 Pandemic on 21 September 2021. The conference was attended by police training officials from India, Malaysia, Philippines, Germany, Thailand and Vietnam. The participating police organizations were able to share their coping strategies concerning the challenge to conduct training during the Covid-19 Pandemic with each other. Given the limitations on physical and face-to-face teaching the possibilities of digital teaching methods were discussed. Mr. Vipul Kumar, IPS, IGP, Director, Karnataka Police Academy, Mysore, presented on Development and Use of E-Learning Management Systems in Police Training during the Covid-19 Pandemic: The Karnataka State Police Academy Experience.