BENGALURU: Expelled AIADMK leader V K Sasikala is all set to register for a Kannada certificate course at Bangalore University’s distance education department. Currently, she is serving a four-year jail term at the Parapanna Agrahara Central Prison in Bengaluru in a disproportionate assets case.
Sasikala recently expressed her interest to the prison authorities about pursuing a course through distance education in Kannada following which the varsity authorities decided to visit Parappana Agrahara prison on Saturday. Prison authorities said Sasikala had no knowledge of Kannada when she came in but is now capable of speaking the language. She can also read and write a little of Kannada.
Sources said Sasikala expressed her interest to pursue the course with one of the teachers who teaches at the jail. The teacher communicated this to the jail authorities and the matter reached Bangalore University’s distance education director Prof BC Mylarappa.
Prof Mylarappa said, “As she is interested to pursue a course, we are visiting the Parappana Agrahara Prison to complete the admission process along with other candidates who have got application forms. Saturday will be the admission day for candidates interested to take up courses through distance education.”
According to Bangalore University distance education department, 257 candidates from Parappana Agrahara Prison got applications for various under-graduate, post-graduate and certificate courses for the 2018-19 academic year.
CONTACT CLASSES AT PRISON
The BU officials have decided to conduct contact classes for the candidates registered for various courses under distance education department in the Parappana Agrahara prison premises itself. There will be two terms of classes of 15 to 20 days each. “We will supply study materials and send our teachers to conduct contact classes in the prison itself,” said Mylarappa. Meanwhile, as the number of candidates registered from the prison crossed 250, the university is planning to set up a examination centre inside the prison itself for security reasons.