1st batch of police officers finish training at NCPLE, the largest India-funded project in Maldives
India has also been funding multiple developmental initiatives in the Maldives
The first batch of 164 police officers have graduated from the National College of Policing and Law Enforcement (NCPLE) in Addu, Maldives. The college is the largest Indian grant assistance project in the country.
Taking to Twitter, the official Twitter account of the Indian High Commission in the Maldives wrote, "Delighted that the maiden batch of police officers have completed their training from the National College of Policing & Law Enforcement, Addu. Our best wishes to them for a bright career ahead! India's largest grant assistance project in Maldives, NCPLE was inaugurated in March 2022".
Foreign Minister of Maldives Abdulla Shahid had earlier tweeted, "It was an honour to participate in the #PITC34 graduation ceremony of new police officers and witness the passing out Parade, at the spectacular National College of Policing and Law Enforcement, gifted by the Indian Government Congratulations to the 164 graduates!"
The NCPLE is the single-largest initiative of its kind by India in the Maldives, with grant financing from the Government of India totaling $ 30 million. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and India's External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had jointly inaugurated the facility in March 2022.
With the assistance of the training academy, the internal law enforcement of the Maldives would be better able to fight drug trafficking, which is a serious issue in the country. Additionally, the training academy's goals include de-radicalization, preventing and combating violent extremism, and improving collaboration between the two nations in addressing these concerns.
Apart from NCPLE, India and the Maldives have multiple developmental initiatives that reflect India’s strong will for the Maldives’ development.
The following initiatives are evidence of the strong bilateral relationship between the two countries:
Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH)
IGMH is undoubtedly the most obvious manifestation of India's support for the Maldives. The hospital was built with Indian grant assistance in 1995; it was subsequently renovated in 2017 with Indian funding. With its cutting-edge facilities, IGMH is currently the leading institution in the Maldives, offering health services to its residents.
Faculty of Engineering Technology (FET)
Like IGMH in the health sector, India also helped the Maldives by upgrading their teaching facilities in the country with the construction of the Institute of Technical Education during Prime Minister VP Singh’s visit to Male in June 1990. One of the top technical institutions in the nation, MITE—later renamed the Faculty of Engineering Technology (FET)—can teach several hundred students annually in a variety of technical and vocational fields.
India-Maldives Friendship Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Studies
India contributed to the Maldives' tourism industry in other ways besides sending tourists there. One of the most well-known initiatives is the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Studies, the foundation stone for which was jointly laid by former Prime Minister AB Vajpayee and Maldives' President Maumun Abdul Gayoom during the former's visit to the Maldives in September 2002. With a capacity to house more than 200 full-time students and the newest equipment and infrastructure for a hospitality institute, the eight-story facility is a pioneering institution in educating Maldivian students in tourism studies.
Additionally, India has been financing several large-scale infrastructure projects over the past several years. These include the Greater Male Connectivity Project through a Line of Credit (LoC) as well as grant and 27 High Impact Community Development (HICD) Projects under grant.
India and the Maldives have friendly relations due to their shared ancient ethnic, linguistic, cultural, religious, and commercial ties, as well as their close, cordial, and multifaceted relationships. India has always been a major contributor to the social and economic development of the Maldives.