- The Centre has announced scholarships for five crore students from minority communities in the next five years.
- Bridge courses will be provided to girls in eminent institutions of the country to bridge education and employment
- With an aim to modernise Madrassas, Madrassa teachers will be given training in English, Hindi, Maths, Computer, etc.
- 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.
- 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.
- There are Constitutional Safeguards provided for minorities in Part III, IV, IVA of the Indian Constitution.
- There will be a “Padho-Badhi” campaign, focussed on areas where minority families do not send their daughters to school.
- 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.
- This will be provided to all economically weaker students from minority communities — Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, and Parsi.
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