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Scholarship for Minorities: Central Govt

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  1. The Centre has announced scholarships for five crore students from minority communities in the next five years.
  2. Bridge courses will be provided to girls in eminent institutions of the country to bridge education and employment
  3. With an aim to modernise Madrassas, Madrassa teachers will be given training in English, Hindi, Maths, Computer, etc.
  4. Focus on Minorities’ Empowerment comes in the backdrop of Niti Ayog’s Strategy @75 report- which recommended to increase the number of scholarships for girls from minority communities by 10 per cent every year.
  5. The plan is to identify over10 lakh recipients of Begum Hazrat Mahal Scholarship for girls in the next 5 years. The Scheme of “Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship” for Girl Students belonging to the Minority Communities was started by the Maulana Azad Education Foundation in academic year 2003-04. The main purpose of the scheme is to provide financial assistance to meritorious girl students belonging to national minorities, who cannot continue their education due to lack of financial support.
  6. There are Constitutional Safeguards provided for minorities in Part III, IV, IVA of the Indian Constitution.
  7. There will be a “Padho-Badhi” campaign, focussed on areas where minority families do not send their daughters to school.
  8. At a later stage, students will be coached for free if they want to sit for competitive exams – including in Central and state administrative services, banking services, staff selection commission and railways exams.
  9. This will be provided to all economically weaker students from minority communities — Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, and Parsi.

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