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AIOU takes initiatives to promote, strengthen jail education culture

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ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) is taking initiatives to achieve its objective of promoting and strengthening educational culture in jails by providing educational services to the prisoners of jails throughout the country.
The central focus of the campaign is to provide basic education and training to the prisoners so that they may become responsible citizens of the state and play their role in the path of national progress and development once they are free after serving their imprisonment period.
In the initial phase of this project, AIOU is establishing libraries in the jails and books have been provided to 12 jails which include 2 jails from each of the four provinces of the country.
These views were expressed by Prof Dr Zia Ul Qayyum, VC AIOU while reviewing the effectiveness of the project ‘Jail Education’. It is pertinent to mention here that this project is being implemented in collaboration with jail authorities in accordance with the directives of
federal ombudsman.
Admission forms and prospectuses for Autumn 2020 semester have, already, been provided to the jail authorities free of cost while teaching workshops, tutorial meetings and final examination will also be organized within the premises of jails.
Prof Dr Zia Ul Qayyum further informed that prisoners have been admitted to the university’s various educational programs, ranging from primary to higher education, free of cost besides various professional courses.
In future, female prisoners will be provided facilities related to vocational and professional education.-See 1#Page 7