Mateen Hafeez TNN Mumbai: The Arthur Road jail is one of the centres for undertrials and convicts appearing for graduation exams this year.
‘‘The exams, which were conducted by Yeshwantrao Chavan Open University, had provided the students with study material, ” said a jail official.
As many as 25 students appeared for the first year BA exam. ‘‘We are trying our best to provide every opportunity to those who want to continue their studies,’’ said inspector general (prisons) Surendra Kumar, who had started a school inside the jail early this year.
Several undertrials, including those involved in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts and the 2006 and 2008 Malegaon blasts, have been roped in as teachers. Suspended IPS officer Saji Mohan, who was accused of selling heroin, is also a part of the teaching staff.
‘‘Malegaon blast suspect Noor-ul-Huda teaches Arabic and Urdu to at least 10 inmates, while Maj (retd) Ramesh Upadhyay is in the committee that reviews teaching,’’ the jail official said.
Arthur Road jail authorities have formed a four-member committee to monitor the inmates’ progress. ‘‘Saji Mohan and another inmate Sujit Nair are the most active members of the committee.
There are 175 inmates who enrolled for the education programme at Arthur Road jail.
The Times of India, May 31, 2011