Education as a tool of correction
Education project is
an important component of multi-pronged strategies adopted for the reformation
in the Central Jail Amritsar. It is a matter of fact that prisoners are a part
and parcel of our society and so it is our moral responsibility to enable them
to catch up with the rest of the society. The main objective behind this project
is to make best utilization of the time of the prisoners and to develop positive
and constructive thoughts in them. Our endeavor is to insert creativity in their
mind in place of criminality. These activities are not only helpful to impart
education to the prisoners but have been proved as an important tool of stress
management. Educational activities will thus keep them occupied and so will help
in releasing and reducing stress levels. This in turn will consequently enable
them to contribute something positive and constructive for the society inside
and outside the jail. It is also helpful in the overall Human Resource Development
of the nation. A Library has also been set up for the prisoners with the books
donated by the community.
Pakistani Prisoners participating
in a class of Literacy Project
for the prisoners by the prisoners
for the Prisoners and by the Prisoners
unique school has been established in the jail after a modest renovation of existing
infrastructure where educated prisoners have been inducted as faculty members.
It is a project for the prisoners, by the
prisoners and of the prisoners. The Principal of the centre is also a prisoner
having M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees. Faculty members are amongst the educated prisoners,
most of them are Graduates and Post-Graduates. The Coordinators and Assistant
Coordinators have been nominated amongst the prisoners at each level.
project has been started at various levels. Presently five departments have been
started in the Amritsar Central Jail;
Faculty of Higher Education: This faculty is organizing
preparatory and refresher classes for the students who are pursuing for BA, MA,
Giani, MBA and other Post Graduate Diploma etc.
Faculty of continuing education: In this faculty
the prisoners who want to pursue for the 10th and 10+2 standard are provided basic
guidance and refresher classes.
3. Faculty of Languages:
In this faculty basic knowledge of various languages-- Punjabi, Hindi, and English
is imparted. Many students are pursuing English speaking course.
Faculty of Computers
5. Total Literacy Campaign:
For the illiterate prisoners
gaining computer education
Centre of Excellence in Computer
a view to impart vocational education, a full fledged Computer teaching centre
has been set up in the Central Jail. This centre was started with the help of
some computer educated prisoners and computer-sets donated by the community.
have prisoners who are M.Sc. in Computer Science and in Information Technology.
Initially, Basic learner's course was started for the prisoners. This centre has
now been recognised by the Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar and specially designed
Certificate courses have been started by the University. The University has also
provided computers and also a Computer teacher. At present there are more than
20 Computers in this centre.
total literacy programme, all the illiterate prisoners have been associated with
literacy project. Around 300 prisoners are getting basic education in this project.
The students have been divided into 10 batches, each batch comprising of 30 students.
There is one Coordinator and one Assistant Coordinator for this project. Classes
are arranged in the respective hostels with the help of educated prisoners. For
each hostel, there is one teacher and one Assistant teacher. The course curriculum
covers Punjabi Language and Basic Mathematics.
Nanak Dev University: The GNDU has set up
its education centre in the jail premises to impart free of cost vocational training
to the prisoners. Presently the following three certificate courses are organized
in this centre:
Dr. RK Bedi, Professor GNDU, addressing
Bedi opens Education Centre in Amritsar Jail
and TV Maintenance
Designing Cutting and Tailoring (for the women)
the second phase, some more courses like Carpentry and Fabric painting are likely
to be started. The duration of these courses is six months. This centre is affiliated
with and managed by the Department
of Adult Continuing Education and Extension. The University has made provisions
in the annual budget for this purpose.
was inaugurated by
Dr. Kiran Bedi on 27.05.2006
at a special function held at Amritsar Central Jail. Speaking at this occasion,
Magsase Award Winner, the first lady IPS officer of the country, Dr. Bedi appreciated
the initiative made by Kunawar Vijay Pratap Singh, DIG Central Jail, Amritsar
and Sh. S. P. Singh, Vice Chancellor of the University to establish the first
of its kind centre in the country.
The Indira Gandhi National Open University has set up its Special Study Centre
in the Jail Premises. Some of the popular courses being undertaken by the prisoners
are as follows:
BM Aggarwal, Regional Director, IGNOU, addressing Prison Officers
Certificate in Human Rights (CHR)
in Guidance (CIG)
Certificate in Environment Studies (CES)
in Food and Nutrition(CFN)
Preparatory Programme (BPP)
is pertinent to mention here that many of the officers including the Superintendent
and Deputy Superintendent are also pursuing various courses especially Certificate
Course in Human Rights.
and Community Participation: This project
is fully supported by the community. People willingly come forward to donate books,
stationery and other study material. India Vision Foundation is playing key role
to support this project. Some of the prisoners are also supporting this project
by donating books, computer sets and other materials.