Mysore, Oct. 19 (KCU&KK)- Education other than providing knowledge may bring in reformation in behaviour of so-called criminals, opined Prof. K.S. Rangappa, Vice-Chancellor, KSOU.

He was speaking after inaugurating the KSOU Study Centre in the Central Jail here today. The Centre is learnt to have been opened with the initiative of Anthakarana, an NGO founded by Prof. P.V. Nanjaraje Urs.

Addressing the gathering, Prof. Rangappa said: "The intention is to provide access to education for the jail inmates. The courses will include Ayurveda, yoga and animation techniques. KSOU faculty will provide additional teaching every week. Out of 97 applications received, 63 have been enrolled." He announced that the enrollment would be free and the classes would begin from Nov. 18.

Speaking as the chief guest, Principal District and Sessions Judge H.P. Sandesh opined that education could transform the behaviour of the jail inmates and it need not be just a transfer of knowledge from books.

Welcoming the gathering, Jail Superintendent Lakshminarayan pointed out that the jail built 148 years ago for about 350 inmates now houses over 1000 deserving improvement in infrastructure. He expressed confidence in evolving a model jail here with the study centre opened now.

Anthakarana incidentally has trained scores of jail inmates in the making of an array of handicraft items

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore