One of the largest prisons in Asia, Tihar Jail in Delhi has launched a literacy campaign for its inmates, for which it joined hands with National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
The campaign aims to change the criminal behavior by providing education to jail’s inmates, out of which 20.68% are illiterate and 65% are not even matric pass, as per the compiled Tihar data.
Among the offenders and under trials, most are accused of rape and murder.
Among educated prisoners, near about 5% males and 6% females as graduates while 1% and 3% in the respective categories are postgraduates.
The authority told that most prisoners falling in the illiterate category are newcomers.
The officials informed that adult education classes are being held in the 10 sub-jails, in the Tihar Jail that has 13,552 prisoners.
In the year 2013, the prison had started courses in foreign languages and stenography classes. The languages they were taught included French, Spanish and German, as well as in Hindi and English to build self-confidence amidst other prisoners, informed the Director General of Prisons Vimlaa Mehra.
The training in hotel management in collaboration with the tourism ministry is also been given to many prison inmates.
Furthermore, the campus placements are also conducted to offer job opportunities to the qualified inmates, which help them to earn a respectable livelihood and a better life, with a hope to keep their minds off from crime, after their release.
The Jail officials also try to encourage the inmates to participate in activities like poetry and essay writing, with an objective to indulge them in creative activities, she added.