IS LEARNING AT AMRITSAR PRISON
Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh interacting with the participants
Prison organized a national training programme "Seeing is Learning"
(SIL) for Superintendents of Prisons of North India on the 8th and
9th November, 2006 in collaboration with the BPR&D (Ministry of
Home Affairs) New Delhi. 16 officers from North Indian states including
Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab participated in this
programme. Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh,
IPS, DIG (Prisons), Central Jail, Amritsar was the Course Coordinator
of this training programme. Dr. Kiran Bedi, Director General, BPR&D,
New Delhi chaired the valedictory session on 9th November 2006.
This two days training programme was divided into four sessions.
The themes of these four sessions are as follows:
Reformation through Education
b. Problems of Undertrial Prisoners and Applicability of the
Legal Services Authorities Act 1987
c. Educational and Vocational Training for Female Inmates
d. Drug Menace, HIV/AIDS in the Prisons
specialized training programme was based on practical orientation
using participative techniques to promote professionalism in the
prison officers. The main features of the training methodology of
this programme are as follows:
Visit of the prison area connected with the concerned theme of the
b. Overview by the Course Coordinator
c. Speeches by the key speakers
d. Discussion and question answer session
e. Summing up by the guest in-chair
Sh. Avinash Mahindru receiving memento from Sh. AK Sood
first session on 'Reformation through Education' was chaired by
Sh. Ashok Kumar Sood, IPS, Additional
Director General of Prisons, Himachal Pradesh. Prominent key speakers
in this session were Dr. R. K. Bedi, Professor and Director, Department
of Adult Continuing Education and Extension, GNDU, Amritsar, Sh.
Avinash Mahindru, Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Amritsar
and Dr. B. M. Aggarwal, Regional Director, IGNOU, Khanna, Punjab.
Dr. Gurjeet Singh interacting with the participants
The second session on 'Problems of Undertrial Prisoners and Applicability
of the Legal Services Authorities Act' was chaired by
Dr. Gurjeet Singh, Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi National
Law University, Patiala. The Key resource Persons in this session
included: Dr. Rattan Singh, Professor, Faculty of laws, GNDU, Amritsar,
Advocate Vipan Bhasin, Past President Rotary South and Senior Member,
Amritsar Bar Association, Dr. Viney Kapoor, Reader in Law, Department
of Law, GNDU, Amritsar, Sh. Varinder Aggarwal, Chief Judicial Magistrate,
Amritsar. Sh. Gurdev Singh, District & Sessions Judge, Amritsar
was the special guest at this occasion.
Dr. BV Trivedi addressing the participants
session on 'Educational and Vocational Training for Female inmates'
was chaired by Dr. B. V. Trivedi, Assistant
Director, BPR&D, New Delhi Dr. S. P. Singh, Former Vice Chancellor,
GNDU Amritsar. Prominent key speakers were Rtn. Sudarshan Kapoor,
Rotary Club Amritsar, Amrita Bahl, India Vision Foundation, Dr.
Paramjit Singh, Dr. Sukhminderjit Kaur & Ms. Shaminder Bawa, Asstt.
Professor, Home Science, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Amritsar, Sh. Akshay
Mehra, Regional Manager, State Bank of India, Amritsar. Sh. HR Chadha,
IPS, the then ADGP Prisons Punjab was the special guest on this
Sh. CR Garg addressing the participants
fourth and final session on 'Drug Menace, HIV/AIDS in the Prisons'
was addressed by Dr. Jayadev Sarangi, Prison Expert, UNODC, ROSA,
New Delhi, Ms Medha Agnihotri, Project Coordinator, SEHAT, India
Vision foundation, Dr. RS Sandhu, Professor of Sociology and Coordinator
Drug De-addiction and Rehabilitation Centre, GNDU, Amritsar and
Sh. C. R. Garg, DIG (Prisons), Central
Jail Tihar, New Delhi.
Dr. Kiran Bedi addressing the valedictory session
the valedictory session, Dr. Kiran Bedi,
IPS, DG, BPR&D emphasized to inculcate basic human values in the
public service. "Jails should be converted into correctional institutions
and every prisoner should be treated like a common citizen despite
being lodged in the walls of prisons. They are also human being
and part of our society. It is our moral responsibility to provide
basic minimum facilities like food, medicine, drinking water to
the persons lodged in the jails" she added. Appreciating the ongoing
process of reforms in Amritsar Central Jail, the first lady IPS
officer asked the participant officers to initiate similar programmes
in the other jails of India.
Roop Kumar, Superintendent, Central Jail Amritsar, Sh. Vijay Kumar,
Sh. R. K. Sharma and Sh. Balkar Singh Dy. Superintendents, Ms. Medha
Agnihotri and Amrita Bahl played a key role in organizing this training