Madrasa students to be given mainstream education

Centre announces new policy for minorities
5 cr students to get  scholarships

Sanjeev Pargal
JAMMU, June 11: In significant decisions aimed at further uplifting of minorities across the country, Narendra Modi Government today announced series of welfare measures for them including training to Madrasa teachers in mainstream subject so that they can impart high quality education to the students and scholarships to 5 crore students including 50 percent girls in the next five years.
A policy document on the minorities announced by Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, a copy of which is in possession of the Excelsior, said Modi Government has proved to be a ‘Government of Iqbal (Authority), Insaaf (Justice) and Imaan (Integrity).
The Government, he said, is committed to `Samaveshi Vikas, Sarvsparshi Vishwas’ (including growth with trust).
The policy document had certain significant announcements pertaining to education imparted through Madrasas across the country.
“Madrasa teachers across the country will be given training from various institutions in mainstream subjects such as Hindi, English, Maths, Science, Computers etc so that they can impart mainstream education to the Madrasa students,” the official documents of the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs, said.
It added that new programme of Madrasa education will be launched next month.
The Minority Affairs Ministry also announced free coaching for Central and State Administrative Services, banking services, Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Railways and various other competitive services to economically weak minorities including Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist and Parsi youth.
It announced that school dropout girls from minority communities will be linked to education and employment by providing them “Bridge Courses” from reputed educational institutions of the country.
In yet another major welfare measure for the minorities, the Union Ministry for Minority Affairs said that it will provide pre-Matric, post-Matric and Merit-cum-Means scholarships to 5 crore students from the minorities during next five years, which will include 50 percent girl students. This included more than 10 lakh Begum Hazrat Mahal Girls scholarships in the next five years for Economically Weaker Sections.
The scholarships will be provided to ensure socio-economic-educational empowerment of minorities especially the girls through “3E”-Education, Employment and Empowerment.
The Union Ministry for Minority Affairs further announced that schools, colleges, ITIs, Polytechnic colleges, Girls hostels, Gurukul-type residential schools, common service centres etc are being constructed on war-footing under Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karykram (PMJVK) in the areas where this educational infrastructure has not been developed as yet.
“The Ministry of Minority Affairs also announced that ‘Padho-Badho’ awareness campaign will be launched across the country to encourage education especially among Minority community girls in those areas where people don’t send their children to schools due to socio-economic reasons,” the document said.
It added that the campaign will be focused on girls and will include `Nukkad Natak’ (street plays), short films, cultural programmes etc. The campaign will be launched in 60 minority concentrated districts of the country in the first phase.
Earlier, before announcing the welfare measures for the minorities, Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi chaired Governing Body and General Body meetings of Maulana Azad Education Foundation at MANTHAN, Antyodaya Bhawan in New Delhi today.
Naqvi said the Narendra Modi Government has created an atmosphere of healthy inclusive growth by eradicating the “disease of communalism” and appeasement politics.
Sources said the series of welfare measures for the minorities announced by the Government will go a long way in providing good quality education and employment to the minority youth.