Being behind bars does not mean on e stops academic learning. Around 1,000 prisoners in various jails of the country have signed up for the distance learning courses offered by AIOU.
This was disclosed by Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) VC Professor Dr Shahid Siddiqui while presiding over a meeting to review the varsity’s educational facilities being extended to disadvantaged groups.
The prisoners enrolled in the autumn of 2017 for upgrading their qualification so that when they complete their sentences and leave the jail, they can have an education certificate which allows them to lead respectable life in society. Dr Siddiqui said that the varsity had improved its existing facilities at jails throughout the country, providing free education to prisoners, as a part of its endeavour for taking care of marginalised sections of society.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 8th, 2018.
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