Setting up new benchmarks in skill development, the Pearl Academy awarded certificates to the first batch of women inmates of Tihar Jail who have completed their course from the ‘Tihar Fashion Laboratory’ at the convocation here on Saturday.
The certification course was aimed at linking creative exploration and market understanding.
Determined to keep its spirit of restorative rehabilitation, the Delhi Prisons in collaboration with Pearl Academy had set up Tihar Fashion Laboratory in February this year to provide women inmates in Jail no.6 with set of skills that will enable them to create avenues for self-employment, entrepreneurship and ensure that they can lead an independent life after finishing their sentence.
The inmates have been trained by the academy in pattern making and construction of Indian wear.
Sudhir Yadav, Director General of Prisons, Tihar Jail, and Professor Nandita Abraham, CEO, Pearl Academy, awarded the certificates and encouraged the inmates, said a statement.
Also present on the occasion to extend their support to this unique initiative were Delhi Law and Justice Minister Kailash Gehlot, and Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Swati Jaihind.
“The Pearl Fashion Laboratory initiative has seen an amazing response and participation from inmates. I am happy that they have completed their course and have been imparted with skills that will help them lead an independent life after prison,” said Yadav.
Abraham said: “This certification programme is a unique initiative that has helped the women inmates to learn self-sustaining skills and has equipped them with the means to earn a livelihood in their life-after-prison.”
A cultural programme and fashion show were also organized to mark the convocation ceremony of the first batch. Garments showcased at the fashion show were designed by the students of Pearl Academy and were made by the inmates.
The show saw joint participation from Pearl Academy students and Tihar inmates, who walked the ramp to showcase the collection.