P Vijayan Wins CNN IBN Indian Of The Year Award
On Mar 19, 2015
|Trivandrum/New Delhi: P Vijayan, DIG, Intelligence, Kerala Police, was presented with the Indian of the Year (Popular Choice) 2014 by CNN IBN. The award was given away at a glittering function held at New Delhi, by the Vice President of India, Dr Hamid Ansari. The function was attended by various dignitaries and other winners under various categories.
Vijayan was nominated for the award along with 35 other nominees from various walks of life. The popular choice award was after he was voted as the Indian of the Year by way of a Facebook voting. Significantly, he emerged winner of the Indian of the Year (Popular Choice) Award 2014 with an astounding majority of votes on the social networking platform.
Vijayan’s nomination for the award came for his widely acclaimed Student Police Cadet (SPC) project. The award acknowledged Vijayan as the force behind the Student Police Cadet Project that started in Kerala and is now set to go national. The project trains high school students to respect the law and develop empathy for vulnerable sections of society. The SPC project has received wide acceptance and has been adopted by various states. A national roll out of the project is too in the anvil.
Vijayan's own journey from a child labourer to an IPS officer is not just an inspiration to many, it has also motivated him to initiate several novel schemes to promote education among poor children.
Vijayan in his acceptance speech paid rich tributes to the unsung heroes of India, who endlessly toil day and night in the farms, on the streets, at construction sites and so on, and contribute much to the nation building process. He added that he accepts the award on behalf of the police personnel of the country, who tirelessly dedicate their lives for the safe upkeep of the law and citizens’ happiness. These services are seldom recognized and the award is on behalf of them, Vijayan added.
Pointing out that he believes that India is a great country of opportunities with its immense strengths and that the challenge is to rise above problems and find solutions to alter the destiny of the unprivileged, he said, the moment one cultivates the will to face problems with a bold heart and set noble goals, the whole world will conspire to realize those dreams and goals. “My humble life and experiences speak of this universal mantra of success,” he added.
He said as a police officer, he has been confronted with immense challenges that had no easy, readily-available, solutions.
“So I took up the challenges and initiated projects such as Student Police Cadet, Our Responsibility to Children, and Nanma Learning Centres in Kerala. I’m sure these initiatives have enabled thousands of children to dream better and chase their dreams with a brave heart. When they materialise their dreams, Bharat shall certainly be a better place to live and prosper,” he concluded.