Indian-American to Lead Prison Education Initiative in New York

Dr. Nikhil Pal Singh / Image courtesy
Dr. Nikhil Pal Singh / Image courtesy

Dr Nikhil Pal Singh, an Indian-American professor, is leading a unique New York University initiative to bring college education to the inmates of a medium-security prison in New York state.

Backed by a $500,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, NYU’s Prison Education Programme (PEP) offers credit-bearing, university courses that will enable students to earn an Associate of Arts (AA) degree from the university.

“By expanding access to a university education to incarcerated students, the NYU Prison Education Programme aims to help redress inequities that result from the fact that the United States incarcerates more people than any other nation in the world,” said Dr Singh, faculty director of PEP.

[The] US has over two million US prisoners, “the great majority of whom are poor, African American, and Latino,” added Singh who is also associate professor in NYU’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis.

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