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TRAINING ACTIVITIES

IMPORTANCE OF TRAINING IN BSF

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1. Border Security Force, one of the largest Para-Military forces in the World, is a versatile force, which is responsible for guarding round the clock vast and volatile borders not only against trans-border criminals but also against heavily armed trans-border terrorism as well. Though guarding the borders is the prime commitment, security forces remain heavily and decisively involved in the interior as well in combating insurgency and militancy in various parts of the country. Because of its friendly and human face, BSF remains the much sough after Force for combating and containing serious law and order situations in the trouble prone States. And in case of hot War, BSF works as a force multiplier and contributes substantially towards over all War efforts of the nation as a credible front line Force.

2. By virtue of this unique dual role, the Border-men  more commonly known as "PRAHARI" is required to be a perfect Policeman during peace and a professional soldier during War. Management of borders (International Border), restoration of law and order situation in the interior and fighting a Conventional/unconventional War are the three challenging assignments which a border-man is required to carryout. In short, these fundamental essentials make the "Training Trilogy" of BSF. Professional proficiency of any Force is directly related to the standard of Training of that Force and it is Primarily due to this commitment that BSF refuses to compromise on its training assignments irrespective of handicaps and heavy orders. BSF believes in sweating during peace to ensure that it does not bleed during War or War like situation.

MAJOR TRAINING INSTITUTIONS

1. For organising and carrying out "Basic Fundamental" training and "In Service Professional Training", we have three (03) main training Institutions, (05) Special Training Schools and (11) STCs/BTCs spread across the Country. Three main training Institutions are :-

(i)  "BSF ACADEMY TEKANPUR" (KHARAKWASLA OF BSF) is situated on Gwalior-Jhansi Highway at a distance of 30 Kms. from Gwalior (M.P.). This is the almamiter of border-men.

(ii) "TRAINING CENTRE AND SCHOOL"  (School of Excellence for Counter Insurgency and Commando Type Specilised Training) is located at Meru, 12 Kms. off Hazaribagh town. Meru Camp Hazaribagh is the craddle of specialised type training like Commando and Counter Insurgency.

(iii) "CENTRAL SCHOOL OF WEAPONS AND TACTICS" (School of Excellence for Small Arms) is located on the out-skirts of Indore on Bijasan Road, Here, we refine and sharpen the shooting skills of our 'PRAHARIES'.

TRAINING INSTITUTIONS FOR SPECIAL TRAINING

Besides above mentioned three training institutions there are five training schools for special training:-

(A)    CENTRAL SCHOOL OF MOTOR TRANSPORT (CSMT) GWALIOR (M.P.)

            In order to maintain a high standard of functional efficiency and road worthiness of MT fleet in the Force, the Central School of Motor Transport popularly known as CSMT, was set up at Sagar (M.P.) in Jan'1963.  Initially the School was under the supervision of MP Police and was taken over by BSF in Feb'71.  This school continued to function at Sagar upto 18/11/1979 before shifting to its present location in Tekanpur.  Spread over an area of 60 acres, this school of Motor Transport has developed as a prestigious Institution.  School has been recognised as a "Centre of Excellence" by the Ministry of Home Affairs.  Motor Training imparted in CSMT includes:-

(i)    Driving and Maintenance course.

(ii)    Motor Vehicle mechanic course.

(iii)    Auto Electrician course.

(iv)    Fleet Management course (Officers)

(v)    BSF Recovery driver course.

(B) NATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE FOR DOGS(NTCD)GWALIOR (MP.)

The National Training Centre for Dogs (NTCD) is a premier Training Institution run by BSF on behalf of MHA.  The NTCD breeds service dogs, trains dogs and their handlers for BSF, other Central Police Organisation and State Police Organisations.  The dogs are trained in basic obedience, narcotics and explosive detection, tracking, guard duties and patrolling.  The dogs trained by NTCD have an enviable record of service.  Some of the achievement at a glance:-

(i)    "HEARO" proud product of NTCD, ensured a seizure of more than Rs.100 crores for Bombay Customs.

(ii)    "SONU", another proud product of NTCD, effected a seizure of 2.2 crores of high-grade hashish in 1997 at Delhi Airport.

(iii)    Similarly 'SUKKA' seized 14 kgs of high-grade hashish valued of Rs.1.40 crores for Delhi Customs.

(iv)    "FANTA" was instrumental in detecting 10 Kgs of RDX during Amarnath Yatra in 1993.  Thus played a major role in averting what could have led to a major tragedy.

(C) SIGNAL TRAINING SCHOOL-I TIGRI CAMP NEW DELHI

   The Border Security Force, Signal Training School-I is located at Tigri Camp, New Delhi adjacent to Khanpur on M B Road.

(D) SIGNAL TRAINING SCHOOL-II YELAHANKA (BANGALORE)

   The STS-II BSF is located on Chaklate-Bangalore road near Yelahanka, 21 Kms off Bangalore town.

(E) 'G' TRAINING SCHOOL NEW DELHI

   The BSF 'G' Training School is located at block 'C', Ist floor, Pushpa Bhawan (Madangir) in South Delhi.

SUBSIDIARY TRAINING CENTRES AND BASIC TRAINING CENTRES

   In addition to main Training Institutions, BSF has (11) Subsidiary Training Centres/Basic Training Centres.  Basically these are the breeding and training centres for various field formations.  Coverage and establishments in 2 tiers:-

(A) STCs COVERING BORDER STATES

   -    STC BSF Hamhama (Kashmir)

    -    STC BSF Udhampur (Jammu)

    -    STC BSF Kharka Camp (Punjab)

    -    STC BSF Jodhpur (Rajasthan)

    -    STC BSF Baikunthpur, Siliguri (Bengal)

    -    STC BSF Chura Chandpur, Manipur (Assma, Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland)

(B) STCs/BTCs COVERING INTER LAND

   -    STC BSF Tekanpur (Gwalior)

    -    STC BSF Yelahanka (Banglore)

    -    STC BSF Hazaribagh (Jharkhand)

    -    BTC BSF Hazaribagh (Jharkhand)

    -    BTC BSF Indore (MP)

    These are the nodal training Centres where 400-500 recruits always remain under training, thus training approximately 5000 recruits every year.

THE PRIDE OF REPUBLIC DAY PARADE

   Although marching contingents of foot columns BSF Brass Band, Camel Mounted Band and Trick Riders grace the Republic Day Parade celebrations every year, "Camel Mounted Band of BSF, Guinnies book of record holder and the only band of its kind in the World, remains the pride of Rajpath on 26th January.  Aura of this unique Camel Mounted Band is irresistible to such an extent that a British, 54 Delegation, attending Republic Day Parade during 1999 extended an on the spot invitation to BSF for permitting this majestic Camel Mounted Band to take part in the Tattoo show being organised at Edinburgh UK in 2000 AD as a part of Edinburg Military Tattoo Show celebrations.  Pride of Rajpath has now become the pride of the nation" with this unique honour.

"MORE YOU SWEAT DURING PEACE LESS YOU BLEED DURING WAR"

   BSF has the unique distinction of training large number of trainees from foreign Countries like Bhutan, Nepal, Mauritius, Kenya, Malaysia, Palestine etc.  Till 1999, BSF has trained 298 personnel of various categories from foreign Countries in addition to training approximately 9000 to 10000 (400 to 500) recruits and 4000 to 5000 service personnel from their own organisation in our training institutions.

DETAILS OF VARIOUS COURSES

Nominal roll of personnel undergone Bomb disposal course at TC &S BSF H/Bagh and their grading