This was announced by the Regional Director while conducting an induction programme for jail inmates freshly enrolled in IGNOU Programmes at Sabarmati Central Jail for July 2013 session.
He also announced that the Regional Centre would be identifying the academic counsellors among the jail inmates for counselling their jail mates for various queries of IGNOU.
Dr Ghosh said: "In order to develop a dynamic database of the experts, the Regional Centre has worked out a plan to identify the best available experts from within the jail inmates."
Transforming jail inmates into academic counsellors would foster ideas, creativity and capacity building among the inmates counsellors to foster innovation in distance education, he said.
"The Regional Centres and the Learner Support Centres are the grounds for nurturing bright and inquisitive minds whose ideas and explorations are expected to lead to innovative solutions of issues related to open and distance learning system. Identifying jail inmates themselves as counsellors for IGNOU will also be useful since the inmates could better understand their mode of counselling."
The Regional Director appreciated the learning skills and competency of the jail inmates contributing to the educational development. He said, "Utilizing the expertise within the four walls of Sabarmati Central Prison would be an encouraging step for other Regional Centres. It will be a role model for other prison departments in different parts of the country."
"It is really a pride for us that our learners in jail, are striving for more sustainable and inclusive development of our society. We are planning to showcase their works prepared for Regional Centre Ahmedabad such as Visiting Cards, Greetings Cards, Planner- 2013 and Xeroxing and binding of Study material of Bachelor's Preparatory Programme and Certificate in Food and Nutrition Programme of IGNOU," he said.
--IBNS (Posted on 25-08-2013)