I am pleased to inform you that we have finally developed National Occupational Standards for the profession of Investigation. The Sub Committee under the Chairmanship of Sh. Pawan Ahluwalia was constituted by the Security Sector Skill Development Council, worked relentlessly for many Wednesdays to go deep into the Qualification Packs needed to determine the knowledge and training needed to become a Qualified Investigator as per the National Occupational Standards.
These NOS are also aligned to the Level 5 of the National Skill Qualification Framework set under the National Skill Policy of the Government of India. This is the first time in the world that governmentally regulated Sector Skill Council has developed Occupational Standards which will become National Occupational Standards for the country. The collective efforts put by Sh. Pawan Ahluwalia, Sh. C Pal Singh, Sh. V M Pandit, Sh. Subhash Wadhawan, Sh. Mahesh Sharma , Shivindra Pratap Singh, Ajit Singh and Sanjay Kaushik needs to be appreciated. The role of Col U S Rathore, Principal Standards & Quality Assurance of SSSDC is highly commendable in producing this historic document.
You all will be surprised to know that every sitting on Wednesday resulted in intensive brain storming session where every effort was made to select operationally appropriate words and phrases which could easily reflect or convey the meaning of a Knowledge Unit which will help a content writer to convert it into a lesson to be taught to a student of Investigation studies. The correlation and professional relevance of the job or task expected to be performed by an Investigator was thoroughly debated by all those who have now achieved excellence in their field of profession. Much emphasis was made on the ability of an investigator to understand the relevant sections of the Law of the Land and its impact on the way he or she is expected to undertake investigation assignments. These NOS have been sent to 40 professional organizations for its ratification so that it can be sent to National Skill Development Agency for approval. After its acceptance by the QRC of NSDC, the SSSDC will develop suitable protocols for training academies and certification processes. This will further open new opportunities for experienced high ranking former officials from governmental investigation and intelligence agencies to set up Centers of Learning to impart knowledge and training to young professionals who are aspiring to enter the new space of corporate intelligence and risk consulting. This venture of the SSSDC will help corporate world to engage certified investigators to check internal fraud and address serious issues related to spurious products, litigation support, financial due diligence, insurance and general investigations.
I am happy that we are moving forward with larger agenda to equip every investigator with relevant knowledge and professional skills to provide excellent Crime Prevention Services. Once again I highly appreciate efforts of the APDI-SSSDC Sub Committee and all those who assisted the Committee in finalizing this tremendous task.