New Delhi, March 2: The Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday said that the Central Government led by PM Modi has been working on war-footing to ensure affordable-accessible and quality education to all sections of the society including Minorities.While addressing National Seminar of “Minority Community Teachers Association” in New Delhi, Naqvi said that the Ministry of Minority Affairs will establish 5 world class educational institutes to provide better traditional as well as modern education to students belonging to Minority communities.
These world class institutions providing education in technical, medical, Ayurved, Unani etc fields will be established across the country. A high-level committee has been working on fast track to chalk out a framework of these institutions and the committee will soon submit its report. Centre is working on a strategy so that these institutes can get started in 2018. The Ministry of Minority Affairs has proposed 40 per cent reservation for girls in these institutions, he added.Naqvi said that Centre’s focus is to provide quality education as well as employment oriented training to Minority students. The Ministry has been running several schemes for the purpose. He said that in the Union Budget 2017-18, allocation for Minority Affairs Ministry has been increased to Rs 4195.48 crore for 2017-18. This is Rs 368.23 crore more than 2016-17 Budget of Rs 3827.25 crore with an increase of about 9.6 per cent. More than 70 per cent of this Budget would be utilised for educational empowerment of Minorities and job-oriented programmes for them.The Minister informed that hundreds of crores of rupees has been provided for various scholarships and skill development schemes. He said that for 2017-18, the Ministry has set a target to provide scholarships to about 35 lakh students. Employment oriented training will be provided to more than 2 lakh youths belonging to Minority communities. The Government has also approved 16 “Gurukul” type residential schools across the country and decided to help those Madrasas who are also providing mainstream education.