"Jail inmates from Bhanjanagar in Ganjam district, Boudh, Paralakhemundi in Gajapati district and Rayagada appeared in the examinations for master and bachelor degree programmes and certificate course in information technology and human rights at the Berhampur Circle Jail," its Senior Superintendent Rghunath Majhi said.
"Besides Berhampur, IGNOU has set up examination centres in three other prisons. A total of 23 inmates of Jharpada jail in Bhubaneswar, eight of Balasore and two of Choudwar jail are taking the exams," IGNOU Regional Director S K Tripathy said.
The examinations which began yesterday will conclude on June 28.
"IGNOU opened study and examination centres in Berhampur in 2004 to allow inmates pursue higher education," said its Jailor Rabindra Nath Roul. The Board of Secondary Education and the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) have also set up examination centres in the jail. "The NIOS opened its first study centre in Berhampur in 2010," he said.