Varanasi jail inmate tops IGNOU, awarded gold medal


Varanasi: A 23 year old prisoner who is lodged in Varanasi central jail has been awarded a gold medal by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) for topping in the diploma in Tourism Studies (DTS).

A culpable homicide convict, Ajeet Kumar Saroj was on Saturday escorted to the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) where he was awarded his diploma at the 28th Convocation ceremony of IGNOU.

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Ajeet, who is serving a 10-year imprisonment, was lodged in jail in February 2012 and has pursued four certificate courses from IGNOU before pursuing the Diploma in Tourism Studies, a one-year course offered by the varsity.

The inmate is the only gold medalist from Varanasi region of IGNOU, which covers 20 districts with over 6,000 students.