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NIOS to open study centre at Gaghidh central jail


Jamshedpur : In a boost to increase educational opportunities for inmates of the Gaghidih central jail, the prison administration has joined hands with National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).


The NIOS regional office has agreed to open study centre in the Gaghidih jail next month. To start with, 30 inmates of the jail will pursue matriculation and senior secondary board examinations through NIOS study centres.


"Initially, 30 inmates will pursue their academic career through NIOS and the classes shall begin by July," said jail superintendent Tushar Ranjan Gupta. The state government will bear the study expenses of the inmates.


The NIOS will charge about Rs 2,000 from each inmate who seeks to appear in any of the two examinations. The institute will conduct biennial examinations In April and October every year.


According to sources, out of the 12-odd CPI (Maoist) rebels who are currently lodged in the jail, a few have expressed their desire to pursue studies through NIOS.


"At least, three Maoist rebels, including a woman, whose school education received a break for some reasons in the early years of their lives have expressed desire to finish their matriculation through the NIOS study center," said a jail official.


The authorities are expecting a rise in the number of the inmates willing to pursue their education through NIOS study centre once the proposed centre starts operations.


"It is just a beginning, once the NIOS introduces its vocational training centres on the (jail) campus, I am sure many more inmates will be keen to take up," said the jail officer.


Vocational courses like mobile phone repair, electronic gadget repair and courses like that shall be introduced in the jail at later stages. "The basic aim is to enable the prisoners eke out a decent living once they are out the jail," said a junior rung official at the NIOS's regional office.


Recently, the Gaghidih jail received a feat with the introduction of e-mulakat scheme on the campus. Located on the outskirts of Jamshedpur, Gaghidih jail has over 1,100 inmates. Several Naxalities and dreaded gangster like Akhilesh Singh are currently lodged in the jail.


Source : Times of India

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