Adolescent inmates who are in between 18 to 21 years of age would now have to go through higher education while they would complete their terms in Tihar Jail. Presently the studies are optional in the jail and those who wish to study inside the jail are provided with all the material needed for their studies along with their correspondence course arrangements.
The purpose of Tihar Jail is to make its inmates come more close to the mainstream society and help them in learning useful skills, get proper education through corresponding courses and teach how to respect the law. The main aim of the jail authority is to bring back the self-esteem of the inmates and make them so strong that they can strengthen their desire to improve themselves while they are in detention. Higher education can turn out to be a milestone for the same and could turn many inmates into responsible citizens in future. According to reports, around 65% of the inmates have not studied till Class X.
The DG (Prisons) of Tihar Jail, Alok Kumar Verma said that they wanted to keep inmates occupied doing something productive. The best way is to make them get a degree. Those who are not willing to pursue further studies would have to complete at least matriculate-level education.