National Fire Service College to celebrate golden jubilee

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Nagpur, Dec 18 (UNI) City-based National Fire Service College (NFSC) will celebrate its golden jubilee here on December 30 and 31.

Speaking to reporters here yesterday, NFSC Director Shamim said Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil would be the chief guest for the programme on the first day of the celebrations.

NFSC is being upgraded into the National Fire Service Academy (NFSA), and Mr Patil will lay the foundation stone for the proposed institute, he said.

NFSA will be located on 43 acres of land in the city and the construction will be completed in three and a half years. The estimated cost of construction is Rs 103 crore, that had been sanctioned by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), under which NFSC functions, he added.

The academy will have all modern training facilities and will accommodate 2,000 students at a time.

Post-graduate and doctorate programmes in fire engineering will be introduced in the academy once it became functional, the Director said.

Replying to questions, Mr Shamim said MHA had not approved fire engineering graduation courses in any private institution.

NFSC was established in 1978 and runs various courses in fire engineering and safety, including Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in fire engineering. The college has so far trained 15,000 fire service professionals and 600 fire engineering graduates.

UNI

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