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MBA not far for convicts

india Updated: Jul 02, 2006 02:54 IST
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There is always a second chance for those who’ve missed the first. Four convicts in the Capital’s Tihar jail will now be pursuing MBA courses from behind bars.

Amit Rohatgi, a convict undergoing a sentence for murder along with three others, had recently appeared for the MBA entrance exam conducted by Indira Gandhi National Open University. All four cleared it with good marks.

All the four candidates cleared it without any formal coaching.

“They have themselves shown interest in pursuing the course and had requested the jail authorities for assistance” an official said.

“With an MBA degree I hope to begin a new life once I move out of Jail. I hope society too gives me a second chance to start afresh,” said 28-year- old Rajender who is undergoing a sentence in a forgery case in Tihar's Jail number three.

Besides these over 60 inmates of the Jail appeared for class X and XII board exams this year.

Of these, just five could not make it to the next level.

Many of these were complete illiterates when they had come to the jail. Take Atvir Singh, for instance. Undergoing life sentence in a murder case, Singh had not even completed class X before he committed the crime.

In his 10-year span in the jail, Singh started with class X and is now pursuing MA in Political Science.

The jail authorities, however, do not have any formal education system for these inmates so far.

However, literate inmates in their spare time teach the illiterate ones. That’s how Tihar’s success stories are being scripted.

“The jail staff co-operates with the inmates if they show interest in studying further. We pay their annual fees and also arrange for books and other things they ask for. Moreover the environment in the jail is very appropriate for them to study,” said Sunil Kumar Gupta, law officer Tihar Jail.

Those not being able to clear the Boards are encouraged to re-appear, an official said.

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