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ALLAHABAD: The lamp of learning is getting brighter at Naini central jail. In a novel initiative, the educated prisoners lodged in this jail are educating fellow unlettered inmates. 

The initiative is part of "Ek Padhae Anek" (one will teach many) scheme started at Naini jail. In the programme, 300 inmates are attending classes to prepare themselves either for vocational or higher education courses. 

The jail authorities had conducted an exercise to identify educated inmates who have interest in teaching others and also identified the prisoners who were willing to pursue education. The jail authorities have provided all the apparatus for running teaching classes. 

Fourteen prisoners lodged at Naini jail, who have professional degrees like MCA and MBA, agreed to volunteer for the Ek Padhae Anek scheme.Senior jail superintendent, Naini jail,Ambrish Gaur told TOI that the scheme is yielding good results. He added that over 300 inmates are pursuing different courses, including vocational, and there are many of them who have been attending the classes without a miss. He said many prisoners are willing to appear for diploma in food and nutrition exams as well. Apart from over 40 inmates appearing for UP board exams this year, there are many more who are utilizing their stay behind bars to pursue education. Right from bachelor degrees to diplomas and certificate courses, these inmates are studying various courses. 

Inmates who are appeared for graduate or postgraduate exams attend the classes in morning and evening sessions at the jail premises and are hopeful of performing well in the exams. Elaborating on other courses, Gaur said that about two dozen inmates would be appearing for graduate exams. 

American education reformer Horace Mann had famously said, "A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated." His words seem to have motivated the inmates of Naini jail.

No breakthrough yet: The police have not got any clue in the attack on a grocery trader in Attarsuiya. Makhan Lal, 55, was shot at by some unidentified miscreants near Kalyani Devi temple under Attarsuiya police station on Sunday morning. 

Station officer Attarsuiya said the injured trader is undergoing treatment at a hospital where his condition was stated to be stable. He added that the family members of the victim have not been able to provide any clues regarding the incident. The family members have told police that Makhan Lal did not have enmity with anyone. 

Makhan Lal was on a morning walk when two bike-borne miscreants came to him and shot at him. Lal fell on the road and was rushed to a hospital by locals. A case under section 307 of IPC was lodged with Attarsuiya police station. 

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