Aizawl, Feb 7: As many as 235 jail inmates have been studying different course under Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) since 2010, Dr S R Zonunthara, IGNOU Mizoram Regional Centre Director said.
Dr S R Zonunthara told our reporter that IGNOU, Mizoram region has launched Special Study Centre at Central jail in Aizawl since 2010 in Bachelors Preparatory Programme(BPP) and BA program for inmates of the jail. As many as 186 jail inmates have registered for BPP, 47 for BA and one B.Com student has registered since the launching of course in 2010 totaling 235 students altogether, Dr S R Zonunthara said, adding the number of inmates who have completed the course, however could not be ascertained.
The regional director said that the inmates were imparted education free of cost and classes were held every Saturday.
He added that a jail inmate if released in the middle of the programme continue his course or study free of cost at the nearest study centre from his/her buy pre gabapentin locality. But when the inmate is released from jail after end course/ semester, he will have to pay for the remaining programme provided he continue his study.
Dr S R Zonunthara said that a special study center was launched in the central jail with a motive to help the inmates develop their moral principle and receive education so that they face no trouble after their prison term. Though some jail inmates were truly interest to receive education, some used to attend classes only to skip routine work and the number of students (inmates), who have completed their course or programe might have been minimal as few of them were truly interested, according to Dr S R Zonunthara. He added that progress of imparting education upon jail inmates, to some extent is depended on how the prison officials pay interest towards it.
The IGNOU, Mizoram region is also mulling over to launch another special study center at district jail in south Mizoram town of Lunglei.