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20 November 2015

Goa Central Jail offers IGNOU courses to inmates

Quodsi everti ancillae vim qui lorem persius petentium Goa Central Jail offers IGNOU courses to inmates

Mapusa, Nov 20 (ENA)  In an effort to change criminal behaviour of inmates, offer them a means of livelihood and a dignified life when they are back in society, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has started courses at the modernized central jail at Colvale in Goa.

The courses were launched by chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Wednesday, as per media reports.

Inspectorate of general prisons, Elvis Gomes, regional director of IGNOU, Kameshwary Murthy and Jail Superintendent Margaret Fernandes were among those present on the occasion.

As many as 35 inmates have sought admissions for the various courses including for masters programmes.

The move has been highly appreciated as it enables those in prisons to overcome depression and frustration, allowing them to lead normal lives.  Further, it is expected to change attitudes, reduce crime and reduce government expenditure.

The IGNOU programmes for jail inmates will range from six months' certificate courses to masters programs, including Bachelor's and diploma degrees.  For the January 2016 session, inmates have enrolled for masters in Sociology, English, post-graduation diploma in journalism, etc.

Residents of the jail will utilize their time there to study the subjects and related study material, complete assignments and appear for exams.  The IGNOU program at the central jail is open for both convicted and under trials; no fees is charged. 

There will also be an examination centre within the jail's premises. IGNOU currently has examination centres for jails in Delhi (Tihar), Gujarat, Odisha, and Punjab.  (ENA Bureau)

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