Sa Vidya Ya Bimuktaye" meaning that education is a weapon that can be used to free one from enslavement. To that end, the Odisha State Open University (OSOU) has established its 82nd study centre in the Jharapada jail in Bhubaneswar.
OSOU Vice-Chancellor Prof AK Das Mohapatra and DG (Prisons) SK Upaddhyay inaugurated the study centre in the jail premises on Tuesday. He said the OSOU is working with the motto of reaching the unreached with special attention to the less privileged, including jail inmates. Upadhyay invited all the jail inmates to get enrolled as learners as well as the counsellors those who have qualifications.
Meanwhile 15 inmates have enrolled in various courses of the university at the study centre.
The OSOU is providing free education to the circle jail inmates at Choudwar, Sambalpur, Brahmapur and Jharpada. In future, it would open study centres in the other special and circle jails, said Dr Das Mohapatra.