Home  |  RTI  |  Advertisement  |  Contact Us
Official Website of West Bengal Prisons, India - Ongoing Reforms, Social Justice - Education


100% Literacy

We have achieved 100% convict literacy in all correctional homes of the State on April 01, 2007. Various measures are now being undertaken not to send back even a single illiterate UTP coming to the correctional homes.

Transformation Through Education

In many correctional homes there are schools for the inmates. The teachers conduct adult literacy classes for interested inmates. Adult literacy classes are also run by the literate inmates inside their wards after evening lock-up. Interested inmates are encouraged for higher studies through distance learning and correspondence courses of Rabindra Open School and Netaji Subhas Open University. An IGNOU Study Centre is also being set up at Alipore Central Correctional Home. As a result many prisoners lodged in correctional homes are pursuing formal education and appearing in examinations at Post Graduate, Under Graduate, Higher Secondary and Secondary levels. We provide help to them in pursuit of their education in terms of books, study materials and coaching. Help of NGO/Social Organisations is taken wherever necessary. The academic pursuits by

Official Website of West Bengal Prisons, India - Ongoing Reforms, Social Justice - Education

prisoners are likely to increase due to liberal provisions in the newly established West Bengal Prisoners’ Welfare Fund for incurring financial expenditure in this respect. Some notable success stories are given below –

Utthan Paul : A Life Convict

A life convict, Utthan Paul of Alipore Central Correctional Home has stood First Class First in MA (Pol Sc) in 2008. He was awarded Gold Medal & Degree by Vice Chancellor, Netaji Subhas Open University in the presence of Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal Sri Gopal Krishna Gandhi at the 7th Convocation of the University at GD Birla Sabhaghar on 23.04.09.

Ramprasad Deogharia : Convict

Convict Ramprasad Deogharia of Midnapore Central Correctional Home completed his MA (English) with 46.5% marks from Vidyasagar University in 2008.

Utpal Kanti Mondal : A Life Convict

Life Convict Utpal Kanti Mondal of Presidency Correctioanl Home has completed his Master of Social Welfare (MSW) from Rabindra Bharati University (Distance Education).

Debdas Ghosh : Convict

Convict Debdas Ghosh of Alipore Central Correctional Home is now pursuing his MCA from Netaji Subhas Open University in collaboration with CMC Ltd.