The Centre has set a target to provide 35 lakh scholarships and establish 5 world class educational institutes for the students belonging to Minority community in the year 2017-2018, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
Chairing the 53rd General Body Meeting of Maulana Azad Education Foundation in New Delhi today, the Minister of State for Minority Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, said the move is to provide better education as well as job-oriented skill training to the Minority Communities.
The world class institutions is being established to provide education in technical and medical fields including Ayurvedic and Unani way of medicine that would house 40 per cent reservation for girl students. A high-level committee is already said to be preparing a framework of these institutes and would submit its report soon.
The Minister also informed that the Budget allocated to its Ministry has been increased to Rs 4195.48 crore for 2017-18 with an increase of Rs 368.23 crore than the previous year 2016-17. This budget is said to be utilised for educational empowerment of Minorities and job-oriented programmes for them.
Naqvi said, “We have also approved 16 Gurukul type residential schools across the country. We have also decided to help those Madrasas who are also providing mainstream education. Our efforts for educational empowerment of Minorities include establishing Garib Nawaz Skill Development Centre, Begum Hazrat Mahal Scholarship for girls, and establishing 500 quality residential schools and job-oriented skill development centres.”
“Hundreds of crores of rupees is said to have been provided for various scholarships and skill development schemes,” the Minister added.