‘The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one’ – Malcolm S. Forbes.
Forbes’ famous quote may be an oldie but it certainly hasn’t been lost upon. Living by the quote and the ideals that follow, the regional centre of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) launched radio sessions to Nagpur’s prison inmates.
IGNOU started the ‘Phone in Radio Counselling’ sessions of the convicts lodged in the Nagpur Central Prison. The initiative was kicked off after the Gyan Vani Studio at Vayusena Nagar was refurbished. In the first session of the programme, IGNOU’s regional regional director P. Sivaswaroop along with academic counsellor Shyam Koreti answered the queries and questions of the inmates. The inmates asked various question regarding the different courses that the Open University offers.
According to Koreti, the inmates asked six questions in totality. The identity and the category of the convicts were kept under wraps. The history professor of Nagpur University expressed surprise over the kind of queries that were raised. Information about the three demographic stages, democracy, economic development post-independence, etc, was sought by the new students. The Q&A focused first session lasted for an hour. An orientation into the foundation course in humanities and social sciences for BA first year was also given to the inmates. The convicts asked their queries using written notes.
Sivaswaroop further added that the radio sessions will be held on a weekly basis and extended for other programmes. He revealed that the idea of conducting radio sessions was birthed keeping in mind the security reasons and the prison protocols. DIG prisons Yogesh Desai and jail superintendent Rani Bhonsle were also present in the opening session.
Information source: timesofindia
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