Ajeet Kumar Saroj, a 23-year-old culpable homicide convict lodged in Varanasi central jail was on 8 August 2015 awarded with gold medal by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) at Banaras Hindu University (BHU). He was awarded for topping in Diploma in Tourism Studies.
He was awarded his diploma at the 28th convocation of IGNOU held at BHU, where he was escorted to receive it. He is the only gold medalist from Varanasi region of IGNOU, which covers 20 districts.
Ajeet, who is serving a 10-year imprisonment, was lodged in jail in February 2012. He has pursued four certificate courses from IGNOU before pursuing the Diploma in Tourism Studies.
Four other certificate courses pursued by him includes certificate course in human rights, certificate course in disaster management, certificate course in NGO management and certificate course in food and nutrition. In these courses and had procured over 65 percent marks in each one of them.
IGNOU Vice Chancellor said that IGNOU is perhaps the only university in the world with extensive programmes for education and training of jail inmates. Fee waiver has been a significant factor in providing impetus to the rehabilitation of prisoners encouraging them to be productive members of society.
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When: 8 August 2015
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