Odishatv Bureau

Malkangiri: In a unique effort, the Malkangiri Police is handholding surrendered Maoists return to the mainstream by enrolling them in courses under the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

In the first phase, at least 107 rebels who put their arms before the district police have been enrolled into the IGNOU’s  Bachelor's Preparatory Programme (BPP)  meant for educating adults deprived of 10+2 qualification.

“After qualifying the BPP, they can directly get enrolled in the degree programme offered by the varsity for further studies,” informed a senior official.The district police have borne all the expenses incurred under the course, reports said.

"After I surrendered, the SP got me enrolled into a programme offered by IGNOU. I will study hard and hope to return to the mainstream soon," said Sukadeb, a surrendered Maoist who is preparing for the exams.

"The surrendered Moists and tribals from interior pockets were encouraged to enroll for the course and qualify the exam.  In future too, we shall continue offering similar trainings to Maoists who wish to return to the mainstream,” Malkangiri SP Jagmohan Meena said.

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