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French learning class being
run by prisoners themselves

Seshan inaugurates school in Tihar
( 26 January 1995)

New Delhi. The Capital’s high security Tihar jail had an unusual  visitor on Wednesday.                  Inaugurating the India Vision   Tihar School inside the jail, the Chief Election Commissioner, Mr T.N. Seshan, exhorted the prisoners to explore goodness within themselves and find a purpose to their lives. 
    Mr Seshan distributed literacy kits to teachers and released a book, Freedom Behind Bars, written by the Tihar Superintendent (Jail No. 4), Mr Tarsem Kumar. 
    The Chief Election Commissioner, who spent more than two hours in the premises said that now all the 8000 jail inmates would have the opportunity to know all the 3 Rs inside the jails. 
    He was accompanied by the Inspector General (Prisons) and Magsaysay award winner, Ms Kiran Bedi. The India Vision Tihar School was launched by Mrs Bedi last year. 
    The project, headed by Mr Jaidev Sarangi, DIG (Prisons), helped bringing together all the individuals and Non Governmental Organizations to support the prison in the field of literacy, counseling, health care, spiritual education, vocational training, welfare and meditation for the prisoners to bring about a general improvement. 
    The main objective of the school was to reform the prison, prevent drug abuse, prevent crime inside the jail, help in empowering women prisoners, to correct and establish a network among the mentally disabled people. 
    More importantly the school is  expected to chalk out a programme for human development, Mr Sarangi added. 
    The Ministry of Human Resource Development has sanctioned Rs 3 lakh to IVTS for development of healthy academic atmosphere inside the jail premises.
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