Modi govt to push education for minorities

‘A campaign would be there to empower education to the poor and the marginalized section of the society’ said Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Union Minister for Minority affairs. This statement was given by him on Thursday.

Naqvi even said that this education campaign will be named as Tehrik-e-Taalim and will start on the occasion of late President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s 86th birth anniversary that is October 15, 2017.  The basic aim of this campaign is to educationally empower the poor and the backward section of the society. There are 100 districts which are lacking education awareness and so the campaign will be launched there. “Besides spreading awareness about education and the various other government schemes, we will be building schools and educational institutions to develop educational infrastructure in these areas,” Union Minister for Minority affairs said. 

Record of last three year

In the last three years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, the ministry has given scholarship worth Rs 4,740 crore to 1.82 crore students. Contributions were also made towards the infrastructural development which included the building of 33 colleges, 97 it is, 16 polytechnic institutes, 1,102 school buildings and 1,952 drinking water facilities.

Naqvi said that 47,986 pucca (concrete) houses have been built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and provisioning of 17,434 hand pumps/water tanks and wells has been made across the country for Muslims, Jains, Buddhists, Christians, Sikhs, and Parsis — the six notified minority communities.

Pointing at a nearly 10 percent hike in the ministry’s budget in 2017-18, Naqvi said around 70 per cent of the budget is being spent on schemes and programs aimed at educational empowerment and skill development of minorities.Taking the record of last three years over 5.2 lakh youths, including 40 percent of the women, have been covered under various job-oriented skill training schemes of the ministry at an expenditure of Rs 578 crore,  Minister said.

Plans of Government

Five world-class educational institutions will be launched by the government. These new institutes will be giving education in the fields of technology, medical, Ayurveda, Unani etc. A high-level committee is formed which is to submit a roadmap along with the place where these institutions will be formed. The target of the government is to start education in these institutes by the year 2018. It is purposed that 40 percent reservation for girls will be there in these institutes. In the coming months about 100, Navoday Vidyalaya will be opened in the minority concentrated areas.

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