In Jhansi Jail a Special Study Centre has Opened by IGNOU
In order to encourage education among jail
inmates, IGNOU regional centre, Lucknow, has opened a special study centre at
District Jail, Jhansi. The jail houses 947 men and women inmates.
In a special programme held at jail on
Saturday, deputy director, IGNOU regional centre, Lucknow, Anil Kumar Mishra,
said that this is an effort by the organization towards the fulfillment of
corporate social responsibility. They find it best to educate jail inmates.
The education and study material will be
free of cost which will be provided by IGNOU. Professors from Bundelkhand
University and Bipin Behari Degree College will be sent as resource persons at
regular intervals. To ease the admission procedure, there has been no compulsion
of producing previous documents. The admission will be done on the basis of age
certificate of any kind.
Inmates will have a choice to opt from
more than half-a-dozen professional and academic courses. These are Bachelor of
Preparatory Programme (BPP), Certificate in Food and Nutrition (CFN), BA, MA,
BCom, environmental studies and certificate in human rights. Till now 142
persons have been enrolled and 47 inmates filled up the form after the
counselling session on Saturday. They are all men. No women came forward to get
enroll. Citing technical problems, deputy jailor JP Dubey said that there is no
provision for men and women inmates to sit together while the examinations will
be held at a single place. He appreciated the move and said that it is necessary
that the inmates are engaged in creative activities like this.
Mishra said that this hurdle can be
overcome as it has been done in model jails in Lucknow where both men and women
are being enrolled in various courses and utilizing their free time in
The move was supported by the inmates,
most of them took it as a positive step. Santram Ahirwar, who is serving life
term under Dowry Act, says that it is a positive step which will help people
like him. A graduate himself, Santram was working as a teacher before he was
sentenced. Inside jail, he teaches fellow inmates.
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