IGNOU study centre at Yerwada jail for inmates

ST Correspondent
Monday, 14 January 2019

Sakal Times had reported on December 7, in a bid to enable inmates of the Yerwada Jail to pursue higher education, IGNOU will open its study centre at the prison. 

PUNE: A special study centre of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) for educating the inmates of Yerawda Central Prison, Pune, was inaugurated on Saturday. 

Sakal Times had reported on December 7, in a bid to enable inmates of the Yerwada Jail to pursue higher education, IGNOU will open its study centre at the prison. 

IGNOU will provide the following courses at this centre - Bachelors Preparatory Programme (BPP), Bachelors of Arts (BA), Bachelors of Commerce (BCom), Masters in English (MEG), Masters in Hindi (MHD), Masters in Sociology (MSO), Masters in Political Science (MPS), Masters in Commerce (MCom), Masters in Gandhian Peace Studies (MGPS), Masters in Economics (MEC), Masters in History (MAH), Certificate in Food and Nutrition (CFN), Certificate in Human Rights (CHR), and Certificate in Rural Development (CRD). More academic programmes would be offered as per demand/requirements of the inmates. 

The inmate, learners will be enrolled free of cost for the academic programmes. 

Masood Parveez, Senior Regional Director, IGNOU, UT Pawar, Prison Superintendent, Yerawda, CA Indurkar, Deputy Superintendent, members of IGNOU and Officers of the Central Prison, Yerawda were present at the inaugural function. 

Academic session for the inmates will start from February 2019. The prison authorities have informed that about 100 inmates are likely to get enrolled for the January 2019 session. 

Parveez informed that academic support would be provided to the inmate learners at the prison premises itself with the help of senior teachers from various colleges of Pune. Term End Examination would also be conducted at the prison itself. 

Parveez said, "IGNOU has been establishing Special Study Centres at Central Prisons of the country, in order to extend access to higher education to the inmates. The inmates are being provided education free of cost, enabling them to get educated, and lead a normal life after completion of their term in the prison, and become good citizens of the country." 

Pawar, assured IGNOU authorities that they will extend all support to IGNOU for the noble cause of educating the inmates for their betterment. 

There are about 200 Special Study Centres for the inmates in the country. In Maharashtra, Special Study Centres have been established at Central Prisons at Nagpur, Mumbai, Amravati, Kolhapur, Nashik, Aurangabad and now at Yerawda, Pune.

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