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Educational Facilities

The most important aspect of the education system in Tihar Jail is that educated prisoners voluntarily teach less educated prisoners. An illiterate person landing in Tihar Jail can look forward to being literate if his stay is more than a week. Library with the support of Non-Governmental Organisations has been created in each jail.

Capsule computer courses of six months duration are provided to the willing and eligible inmates with the help of NGO Sterlite Foundation. Many new courses like Bachelor or Art/ Commerce/Preparatory Programme Diploma in Creative Writing in Hindi/English, Certificate in Human Rights, Masters in Tourism/Management/Computers Post Graduate Diploma in Distance Education are the main course studied in Tihar Jail.

Vocational classes in English/Hindi typing and Commercial Arts are conducted by Directorate of Training & Technical Education and certificates are issued to successful students.For spreading the Gandhian Philosophy, a Gandhi Centre has been established by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, Government of India at IGNOU ward. More than 500 books on Gandhian philosophy were added to the library. Some of the inmates who joined the path of 'Reformation through Education' have been successfully rehabilitated.

Expenditure on fees for IGNOU / NIOS courses is borne by the Government. Study material like note-books, pens etc. is also being provided free of cost to inmate students.Many dignitaries including Chief Minister, Ministers, Director / Inspector General of various prisons, Judges, Vice-Chancellor of IGNOU, Chairman NHRC, Media persons and NGOs of International organisations had visited the centre during last one year and have appreciated the efforts of jail administration.

The educational activities form an integral part of the reformation programmes of Prison department. The educational activity in Prisons are organized at different level for different categories of prisoners like illiterates, neo-literates, semi-literates, literates and for those desirous of getting higher education. There are study centers of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). National Institute of Open School (NIOS) from where a prisoner can purse his studies and he is given certificate/degree for that course without mentioning the place of examination i.e. jail. Literate inmates whose conduct is good help the Prison administration in imparting education to other inmates. The imparting of education both formal and informal is an important component of prisoner daily routine. Department of adult education, Ministry of Human Resource Development is giving training to educated prisoners to enable them to teach less educated and illiterate prisoners. Special attention is given to illiterate inmate so that he may be able to read and write his name within a week time. Advance educational avenues are available to prisoner so that if they want to pursue higher studies they may do so through IGNOU etc. Special attention is given for the prisoner appearing for various competitive examinations.


S. No. Educational Facilities No. of prisoners
1. Elementry Education 2167
2. Adult Education 923
3. Higher Education 1024
4. Computer Courses 230
  Total 4344

Sports Activities

Sport activities form an integral part all management. Inter Jail sport competitions are organized in different games which are christened as Tihar Olympic. The games like cricket, Badminton, Volley ball, Basket Ball, Table Tennis, Chess, Kho-Kho, Kabaddi, Tug of War etc. are regularity played.

A. Cricket

A Cricket final was played at the cricket ground of Central Jail No.1 on 13/02/2013 between the teams of Central Jail No.1 and Central Jail no.2. The chief guest at the event were famous cricketers Sh. Virender Sehwag & Shikhar Dhawan alongwith singer Aman Trikha. The championship was won by the team of Central Jail No.2 who defeated Central Jail NO.1.

B. Volley Ball

The final of volley ball championship was played on 13/02/2013 between the team of Central Jail No.2 and Central Jail No.3. The team of Central Jail No.2 has won the final match defeating the team of Central Jail No.3. The chief guest of the occasion was Padamshree Yogeshwar Dutt the famous Indian Wrestler.

C. Kho Kho

Final of the kho-kho match played in Central Jail No.5 on 26/02/2013 between the teams of Central Jail No.2 and 5. The team of Central Jail No.5 emerged the winner. Famous wrester padamshree Sushil Kumar, winner of the silver medal in 2012 London Olympics, was the Guest of the Honour of this occasion who distributed prize to the winner and runner up teams.

D. National Power Lifting

Rahul Khera, Pharmacist, Delhi Prison participated in national power lifting championship which was organized by Indian power lifting federation (India) at Tata Nagar (Jharkhand) from 10th April 2013 to 14 April 2013 and he won silver medal in the competition.