Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar launched course offered by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) at the new modern central jail established in Colvale. According to the Chief Minister, imparting education would help these inmates to change their criminal behavior and come back to the mainstream of the society. To provide quality education to these inmates, the Colvale jail has invited IGNOU to launch their courses here.
On the occasion of the launch of courses, Elvis Gomes who is Inspectorate General of Prisons, Kameshwary Murthy, the regional director of IGNOUR and Margaret Fernandes, Jail Superintendent were present to grace the event with their presence. Pointing towards the benefits of education the Chief Minister of the state said that, only education can make a man and create a healthy society. It is not just about getting degrees from any organization but is an area which creates a conducive atmosphere within the society to let people grow with free thoughts and a clear mind.
According to the Chief Minister, there are other activities that are also being planned to carry out by the government to make sure that the qualified inmates can earn a respectable livelihood and keep themselves away from the world of crime, after they get released from jail. According to Murthy there would be examinations held for all the students within the jail premises under their course curriculum, which would evaluate their performance. 35 Inmates so far have opted for various courses in the Colvale jail, which is expected to get higher as the time passed. IGNOU currently offers course in Delhi (Tihar), Gujarat, Odisha and Punjab jails.