Tihar: 2nd round of campus recruitment interviews

New Delhi: Buoyed by the success of the first recruitment drive inside the prison premises in February, in which 43 inmates were hired by different companies, Tihar jail authorities on Wednesday conducted the second round of campus placement interviews.

"We are conducting the second campus interview of our next batch of eligible inmates. Nine companies have agreed to absorb some of our inmates when they get released from the jail. They include Haldiram, Vedanta Group, GI pipes, Rado Security and Sibra amongst others. 80 professionally qualified inmates will face the campus interview," Sunil Gupta, spokesperson, Tihar Prisons said.

Ten companies have recently absorbed some of the convicts and selected them for senior positions in the offices. Some of the inmates have been hired for a pay package of Rs five to six lakh annually.

"After the news of the first successful recruitment drive spread to different parts of the city, many companies had approached us expressing their desire to hire our inmates.

This encouraged us to take another plunge," Gupta said. Director General (DG) Tihar Prisons Neeraj Kumar said that the campus selection was the brain child of jail superintendent No 3, M K Dwivedi.

"I saw that very less number of convicts took interest in enrolling in the courses offered by IGNOU. According to them, it would be a futile exercise to study, as it would not help them get a job. I decided that I would not allow their education go waste and started talking to different companies for hiring them. It took time but then we achieved success this year finally," Dwivedi said.

The jail authorities decided to go for the placement drive after they realised that even after reforming prisoners and making them professionally qualified, they do not get a job after being released, due to their criminal background, he said.

Big names that had hired some of the inmates in the first recruitment drive included Agarwal Packers, Jindal Steel and Flex shoes amongst others, he said.