Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy

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Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy
Formation15 September 1948; 73 years ago (1948-09-15)
TypeCivil Service Training Institute
Legal statusActive
HeadquartersMinistry of Home Affairs, New Delhi
Region served
Atul Karwal, IPS
Parent organisation
Government of India

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) is the civil service training institution in India. The institute trains Indian Police Service (IPS) officers before they are sent to their respective state cadres to carry out their duties. The academy is in Hyderabad, Telangana, India.[2]

Dr. Raghuram Rajan, Governor, Reserve Bank of India, delivering the 30th Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Memorial lecture on "Reforming India's Economic Institutions", at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, in Hyderabad on October 23, 2015.[3]


The academy was established on 15 September 1948 in Mount Abu, Rajasthan as the Central Police Training College (CPTC). In 1967, the Institution was renamed as the National Police Academy (NPA). Later, in 1974, it was named after India's former Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who was the man responsible for creating the All India Services and for establishing a training institution to train IPS officers. In 1975, the Academy moved to its current abode at Hyderabad.[4]


The National Police Academy (NPA) is situated on the Hyderabad - Bangalore highway, 8 km from the city. It is spread over 277 acres.[5]


It trains officers of the Indian Police Service, who have been selected through the All-India Civil Services Examination. The trained officers will be posted as Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in their respective states under whom the other sub-ranks of police force will be working.[6] The recruitment of sub-ranks such as constables, sub-inspectors, inspectors, Deputy Superintendent of Police is each state's prerogative and will be done by respective state director generals of police. The IPS cadre is controlled by the Home Ministry of the Government of India and the officer of this service can only be appointed or removed by an order of the President of India.

Apart from the Basic Training Course for IPS officers the Academy conducts three In-service Management Development Programmes for officers of Superintendent of Police, Deputy Inspector General of Police and Inspector General levels of the Indian Police Service; 'Training of Trainers' Courses for the trainers of police training institutions in the country; IPS Induction Training Course for State Police Service Officers; and short specialised thematic courses, seminars and workshops on professional subjects for all levels of police officers. Foreign police officers and other officers belonging to IRS/IAS/IFS/Judiciary/CAPF, public sector undertakings, nationalised banks, insurance companies etc. also attend specialised courses conducted here from time to time. The academy is affiliated to Osmania University for conducting courses on police subjects for IPS officers.

Central IPS Mess
View of the Rajasthan Bhavan situated within the Academy

President's colours[edit]

A 2008 stamp dedicated to Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy

In recognition of the outstanding achievements of the academy and its service to the nation, the academy received the President's Colours on its 40th anniversary on 15 September 1988.[7]


The Academy is headed by a Director, an IPS officer of the rank of Director General of Police (3-star rank) and assisted by 2 Joint Directors of the rank of Inspector General of Police, 3 Deputy Directors of the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police, and 20 Assistant Directors. The Assistant Directors include 8 IPS/SPS officers of the rank of Superintendent of Police from state cadres, a Forensic Scientist, a Judicial Service Officer, a specialist each in Training Methodology, Computers and Wireless. The sanctioned strength of the faculty includes management professors, reader in Behavioural Sciences, reader in Teaching Methodology, medical officers, junior scientific officer, Hindi instructor, photographic officer and chief drill instructor. The supporting staff include administrative, ministerial and medical staff and other Group D employees.

List of directors[edit]

S.No. Name Cadre & batch Appointment date Left office
1 P L Mehta, IP West Bengal 15 September 1948 31 January 1954
2 Waryam Singh, IP Punjab, 1941 11 February 1954 5 November 1956
3 A R Jayavant, IP Madhya Pradesh 8 March 1957 16 May 1958
4 G K Handoo, IP United Provinces 17 May 1958 30 October 1960
5 B B Banerji, IP Bihar, 1934 14 March 1961 28 February 1962
6 S C Misra, IP United Provinces, 1933 24 March 1962 7 December 1967
7 B B Banerji, IP Bihar, 1934 1 January 1968 31 January 1970
8 A K Ghosh, IP Bihar 1 February 1970 10 July 1971
9 S G Gokhale, IPS Maharashtra, 1949 1 February 1972 31 July 1974
10 S. M. Diaz, IPS Tamil Nadu, 1949 11 September 1974 28 February 1977
11 R D Singh, IPS Bihar 7 November 1977 4 February 1979
12 P A Rosha, IPS Haryana, 1948 5 February 1979 18 September 1979
13 B K Roy, IPS Odisha, 1948 11 November 1979 31 January 1982
14 G C Singhvi, IPS Rajasthan, 1951 18 February 1983 30 November 1985
15 A A Ali, IPS Madhya Pradesh, 1955 2 December 1985 31 March 1990
16 P D Malviya, IPS Madhya Pradesh, 1957 12 September 1990 31 December 1991
17 Sankar Sen, IPS Odisha, 1960 2 April 1992 31 May 1994
18 A P Durai, IPS Karnataka, 1962 1 July 1994 28 September 1996
19 Trinath Mishra, IPS Uttar Pradesh, 1965 12 June 1996 6 December 1997
20 P V Rajagopal, IPS Madhya Pradesh, 1965 29 June 1998 31 May 2001
21 M K Shukla, IPS Madhya Pradesh, 1966 29 June 1998 31 May 2001
22 Ganeshwar Jha, IPS Uttar Pradesh, 1967 11 July 2002 31 July 2004
23 Kamal Kumr, IPS Andhra Pradesh, 1971 1 October 2004 31 October 2006
24 Dr G S Rajagopal, IPS Rajasthan, 1971 11 July 2002 31 July 2004
25 K. Vijay Kumar, IPS Tamil Nadu, 1975 1 December 2008 5 May 2010
26 Rajiv Mathur, IPS Chhattisgarh, 1974 22 October 2010 30 September 2011
27 V N Rai, IPS Haryana, 1977 2 November 2011 31 December 2012
28 Subas Goswami, IPS Assam, 1977 7 March 2013 8 November 2013
29 Aruna Bahuguna, IPS Telangana, 1979 28 January 2014 28 February 2017
30 D R Doley Burman, IPS Jammu and Kashmir, 1986 1 March 2017 29 March 2019
31 Abhay Odisha, 1986 30 March 2019 7 November 2019
32 Atul Karwal, IPS Gujarat, 1988 27 December 2019 Present

See also[edit]


  1. ^ SVPNPA 2010, News Letter. "News Letter 2010 Page Number 15" (PDF). SVPNPA. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Dr. Raghuram Rajan, Governor, Reserve Bank of India on "Reforming India's Economic Institutions".[1]
  4. ^ "History of Academy".
  5. ^ "History of Academy". Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy". About Academy. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  7. ^ "President's Colours". Twitter. Retrieved 4 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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