Published: 28th March 2018
Youth Convict in Coimbatore holds five master degrees, 32 others pursuing graduation
The youth first pursued his MA Tamil and then went on to pursue his MA in political science, later did two, Master of Business Administration in various streams
Believe it or not, a murder case convict, who has been in the Coimbatore Central prison for more than a decade now, has got five master degrees including three Master of Arts and two Master of Business Administration through distance education.
The youth, H Abuthakeer, who was convicted of a murder case and sentenced life imprisonment, was supposed to spend the prime time of his life in the prison premises. The youth, according to prison officials, has discontinued Bachelor of Computer Science (BCA), at the time, when he was lodged in the Central Prison. Out of his own interest, the youth first pursued his MA Tamil and then went on to pursue his MA in political science, later did two, Master of Business Administration in various streams.
Finally, now, he has completed his MA sociology and was awarded the degree a couple of days ago. With the MA sociology, Abuthakeer holds five master degree in the span of 14 years in the Central Prison. Speaking to Express, a senior teacher in prison K Sakthivel said that Abuthakeer has been one of the brilliant students in the prison.
"When few of his friends go to factories to work and earn money, Abuthakker came to the classroom to learn. It is his dedication to education, has raised him so much with five master degrees," Sakthivel said. Apart from Abuthakeer, from 2008 as many as 18 convicts were awarded Under Graduate degrees, while few others including Nagaraj, Karthik, Yesiraj have been awarded Post Graduation degrees in various streams. According to the officials in the prison department, as many as 36 convicts are now pursuing their graduation through distance education in the Bharathiar University, while 46 more people are likely to be enrolled in the coming academic year for graduation.
"The convicts mostly prefer BA Tamil and MA Political Science, which shows their interest towards the politics of the outside world and their interest to know their mother tongue," Sakthivel said. According to the data obtained from the prison department, among the 36 convicts pursuing higher education, 16 of them are pursuing BA Tamil, while six of them are pursuing MA Political Science and four of them are pursuing MBA. More interestingly, all these 82 convicts have incarcerated a decade ago, with no basic education. All the 82 people were taught right from the basic things and they were made to pursue their education.