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No restriction is imposed on prisoner in respect of reading materials: They are allowed to access material for their recreation or nurturing of their skills and development of personality including their capacity to pursue education while in jail.

In almost all the major jails and district jails including Open Air Jail, the library facilities have been provided for all categories of prisoners, adequately stocked with both recreational and instructional books. They can pursue their studies through open universities and classes are being conducted inside the prisons to educate the illiterate prisoners. Starting from 1993-2000, totally 149 prisoners have enrolled for various courses through IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University) and passed in the respective courses at the cost of Government.

a) Higher Education:

Prisoners are encouraged to pursue their education at Government cost through different open universities. 59 prisoners have enrolled for different higher education courses viz., B.A, M.A, Diploma in Journalism, Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from 2005 to 2007 and Rs 1,93,055.00 was paid towards the fees.

b) Free Distance and Postal Education:

Bangalore University has started a novel programme to impart formal education to prisoners in distance mode. The Directorate of Distance Education and correspondence courses of Bangalore university in association with prisons department has taken the responsibility of extending benefits of its different courses to 500 prisoners at free of cost. The university started the scheme in october 2006. They have implemented it in Bangalore, Belgaum, Gulbarga, Bellary and Bijapur.

In this programme prisoners may pursue their studies and enroll to different Graduation and post Graduation Courses.

So far 351 prisoners have been enrolled to different Graduation and post-Graduation courses under this scheme. University will start communication programme at all central Prisons. So far 183 prisoners have attended the common entrance examination seeking admission to various courses.

Apart from the above, they are also being provided daily newspapers, periodicals, magazines in all the regional language along with TV/Radio and World Space Radio for their recreation and as well as to link their mind with outside society.

c) Suvarna Akshara Andolana: Akshara Kalika Sibhira:

In coordination with District Literacy Committee 18 day’s literacy camps was organized at Central Prison, Bangalore, Gulbarga, District Prison, Chamarajnagar and Tumkur.

d)Adult Education Programme :

Adult Education Programme was organized at Central Prison, Mysore under Social Responsibility Scheme and free slates, Chalks and Books are distributed.

e)English Teaching Camp:

English Learning classes have been organized for the benefit of inmates at Central Prison, Bangalore. 71 inmates have been trained in the first phase.