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Prisoners take exams in Assam


Guwahati, India : For inmates of Guwahati Central Jail, it was not a smooth transition from gun to pen, but their wish to start life anew was what got them to prepare for examinations in a first such experiment in Assam.

Eighteen inmates have recently appeared for a two-day examination inside the jail campus at Fancy Bazaar area after finishing a six-month course conducted by the K K Handique state open university here.

“There is tremendous enthusiasm among the inmates and most of them exuded confidence of performing well in the exams,” Ankuran Dutta of the open university said.

They have given the exams for English, Mathematics, Social Science, Electronics and Advanced Mathematics papers. Candidates for the last two subjects intend to seek admission in the Bachelor of Computer Application course in the same university.

“This will probably change their life and once they are out of jail they can pursue a decent profession,” Dutta said.